Published: Wed, January 23, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Kamala Harris Is Running for President in 2020

Kamala Harris Is Running for President in 2020

"We are flawed, we are not ideal, but we are a great country when we think about the principles upon which we're founded".

Last week, a widely-circulated New York Times op-ed written by Lara Bazelon, a law professor and the former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles, argued that Harris can not be considered a "progressive prosecutor" given her record as attorney general in California.

The tenor of Harris' candidacy to date suggests that her goal is to follow in Obama's footsteps, albeit in a manner updated for the Trump era. Among her first decisions will be to reject corporate PAC money and super PAC activity, the aides said. "But our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals", she said.

She will hold a launch rally in Oakland before the end of the month.

In her two years in the Senate, she has brought a prosecutor's sharpness to the questioning of Donald Trump's nominees on the Senate Judiciary Committee, such as Brett Kavanaugh.

While avoiding directly engaging Trump, Harris has accused the President of stoking racist and xenophobic rhetoric, while aligning his administration with white supremacists at home, and cozying up to dictators overseas.

Announcing her bid, Ms Harris, Senator for California, told ABC's Good Morning America, she said: "I have the unique experience of having been a leader in local government, state government and federal government".

She has pushed back against critics of "identity politics", who she says are using the term as a pejorative to marginalise issues of race, gender and sexual orientation. "It is probably one of the things that motivates me more than anything else", she said.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has begun laying most of the groundwork for a 2020 presidential campaign. In 2018, the senator visited Iowa and SC to stump for local candidates.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA, a longtime avatar for the more progressive, pro-labor wing of the Democratic party, has formed an exploratory committee for a 2020 run.

In purely numerical terms, the Democratic field is starting to resemble the Republican gaggle of 17 candidates that ran for the GOP nomination in 2016 when NY businessman Donald Trump, rather unexpectedly, clambered over the likes of Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and others to win the party ticket to face Hillary Clinton.

Kamala Harris D.A. saw felony conviction rates soar from 52% to 67%, and drug convictions went up to 74%. Harris has responded to the criticism from progressives by saying the left needs to get over its bias against law enforcement. Her father became an economics professor at Stanford University.

During Monday's event, Harris carefully positioned herself as a criminal justice reformer, which will could help to secure the support of many black Democrats. She received national attention as San Francisco District Attorney before being elected California Attorney General in 2010.

Harris launches her campaign fresh off of a tour to promote her latest memoir, "The Truths We Hold", which was widely seen as a stage-setter for a presidential bid.

Harris has faced controversy: One of her senior advisers, Larry Wallace, resigned in December amid questions about a US$400,000 lawsuit that was settled in 2017.

Despite being opposed to the death penalty, as attorney general Harris fought to uphold it as a matter of California law.

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