Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Kamala Harris to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president

Kamala Harris to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president

Harris has been on a media tour lately to promote her new book, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey - appearing on The View, Good Morning America, CNN and elsewhere - but she declined to announce officially when asked if she will pursue the Oval Office.

Ms. Harris, who published a new memoir this week ahead of likely 2020 presidential run, demurred on whether she will challenge President Donald Trump for the White House. But several sources knowledgeable about her plans say she is ready, and has in fact made a decision to run, with the enthusiastic blessing of her husband and two stepchildren.

Day in a rally in her hometown of Oakland.

"I think a mishandled announcement can hurt more than a well-handled announcement helps", said the Democratic strategist and pollster Joel Benenson, a veteran of former President Barack Obama's and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaigns. And the need for such defense has never been greater than right now, with the Trump administration and GOP leaders-including Kevin McCarthy-declaring war on our state. "Given today's Democratic Party, that president will be Kamala Harris".

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Beyond the book, Harris supported legislation that passed the Senate late past year and overhauls the criminal justice system, especially when it comes to sentencing rules. Their expectation, if she runs, is that the senator would simply launch the formal campaign, which would be led by key staffers from her 2016 Senate run.

"Despite a woman's role in the world, there are still certain myths of what a woman can and cannot do, Harris said, citing her mother. I'm not going to answer today, obviously", she said.

Yes, Harris can run back to Washington for votes, as previous senators running for president have done.

But a campaign also could hurt her standing. "Should she win the nomination and does it by navigating this topic well, then I think she would be a strong voice and a force to be reckoned with when it comes to issues of law and order, criminal justice and civil rights as they collide in a general election".

After Washington, Harris' book tour will take her to the Kaufmann Concert Hall in NY on Friday, then San Francisco before two stops in Los Angeles concluding January 13.

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