US Senator Kamala Harris announced Monday that she is running for president, joining an already-crowded field of Democrats who are making or considering bids to take on Donald Trump.
She said time has come to fight against what she views as the injustices of the past two years of the Trump presidency.
“The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voice to fight for our American values. That’s why I’m running for president of the United States,” the California senator said in a video posted on Twitter.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 21, 2019
Harris—who made the announcement on Martin Luther King Jr Day—aspires to be not only the first female president of the United States, but also the first black woman to hold America’s top office.
She joins Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and former housing secretary Julian Castro, among others, in vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
After two terms as district attorney of San Francisco, she was twice elected as attorney general of California, becoming the first woman and the first black person to serve as chief law enforcement officer of that populous state.
PREDICTION: Chances of winning the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2020.
Kamala Harris: 25%
Beto O'Rourke: 20%
Joe Biden: 17%
Bernie Sanders: 13%
Elizabeth Warren: 10%
Other: 15% pic.twitter.com/cHpVnhHNHf
— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) January 22, 2019
Then in January 2017, she took the oath of office as California’s junior US senator, making her the first woman of South Asian descent (her mother is a Tamil Indian) and only the second black woman senator in American history, after Carol Moseley Braun.
We’re facing a leadership crisis in the White House. From referring to white supremacists as “very fine people,” to putting children in cages, to sabotaging our country’s health care, we know America can be better than this — but it's on us to build it. https://t.co/hgY8EFul0k
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 22, 2019
Her focused and often tough-sounding lines of questioning during closely watched Senate hearings reflect her past as a prosecutor.
Harris often proudly recalls that as a prosecutor she fought big banks during the 2008 financial crisis to defend families.
She casts herself as a champion of middle class families “living paycheck to paycheck” and denounces police brutality and the killing of unarmed black men.
The daughter of immigrants—her father is from Jamaica—Harris grew up in the 1960s in the progressive hotbed of Oakland, California, proud of the struggle her parents waged for civil rights.
But after her parents separated when she was about five years old, it was Kamala’s mother who raised her and her younger sister, Maya, who went on to become a lawyer and an advisor to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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