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Democratic U.S. Senator Kamala Harris jumps into 2020 White House race

Democratic U.S. Senator Kamala Harris jumps into 2020 White House race

The Senator from California, whose campaign slogan is "Kamala Harris: For the People", is seeking to become the first African American woman to take on Donald Trump. "I am running for president of the United States", Harris said today on Good Morning America, "and I'm very excited about it". "I'm running to lift those voices, to bring our voices together". "Let's claim our future, our ourselves, for our children and four our country". And her "tough on crime" record as a San Francisco prosecutor and California attorney-general may cause problems with left-wing primary voters.

During a question-and-answer session at Howard University in Washington, Harris acknowledged having regrets about some decisions during her tenure.

"The job of a progressive prosecutor is to look out for the overlooked." unless of course *one* of the overlooked happens to be on death row as she *appealedwant* to send those convicts to the gas chamber, she felt she *owed* it to them.

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. The question has become an early litmus test for what's expected to be a sprawling field with a record number of women. "I reject that notion", Harris said. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, both in the race, also attended public MLK events, as did a number of other "maybe" names, including former vice-president and presumptive front-runner Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Aside from Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Hindu-American of Caucasian stock, two other women have been exploring the field - Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She is the third female Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race following Sen.

Harris, a high-profile Democrat who lived in Quebec in the 1970s and 1980s while her mother taught at McGill University, announced her presidential bid this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America".

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, Harris has quickly made a name for herself in the upper chamber, seizing her perch on the Judiciary Committee as a national platform for issues related to the Supreme Court, criminal justice reform, and immigration.

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Harris also supports free tuition at four-year public colleges for most Americans, a ban on assault weapons and sale of high-capacity magazines, abortions, and same-sex marriage. Harris also won a $25 billion settlement for California homeowners hit by the foreclosure crisis, but refused to prosecute Steven Mnuchin's OneWest Bank for foreclosure violations in 2013.

When asked to respond to concerns she doesn't have enough experience working in government at the federal level, she touted her "leadership skills, experience and integrity", and promised to "fight" for the American people.

In her memoir - "The Truths We Hold: An American Journey", Ms Harris spoke about what her candidacy might mean in an America "divided by Trump's unsettling presidency". The Democrat was the first African American and first woman to be elected San Francisco district attorney in 2003 and state attorney general in 2010.

Harris' announcement on Martin Luther King day, steeped in symbolism, makes it clear that the heart of her campaign is to win big among voters of colour.

At 54, Harris is also significantly younger than Biden, 76, or Bernie Sanders, 77.

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