Published: Mon, January 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sen. Kamala Harris Announces She Will Run for President in 2020

Sen. Kamala Harris Announces She Will Run for President in 2020

Kamala Harris, a first-term US senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump's nominees, on Monday entered the Democratic presidential race.

In a video released Monday, Harris says she's seeking "truth, justice, decency, equality, freedom [and] democracy", which she argues are "all on the line now". "I'm very excited about it".

Harris plans a more formal campaign launch in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, when she will give a speech outlining her candidacy.

The California senator made the announcement on the morning of Martin Luther King Jr. "For ourselves, for our children, and for our country", Harris said in a campaign video.

"I love my country, and this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to fight for the best of who we are", Harris said.

Harris launched a book tour in early January to promote a memoir, making a series of media appearances that helped bolster her visibility ahead of her campaign announcement.

She has also criticized rolling back provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law. "I'm running to lift those voices, to bring our voices together". The campaign will be based in Baltimore, Md., with a second office in Oakland. When she was elected attorney general of California in 2010, she became the state's first female, the first African American and first Asian American to hold the position.

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Several Democrats have said they are intending to run, including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard and John Delaney.

Harris joins a growing field of Democratic candidates looking to take on President Trump in the next election, including Sens.

In recent weeks, New York Sen. She also acknowledged the challenges she would face while running in such a heated election and how cutthroat the presidential race might be.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) questions President Trump's nominee for director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, during the Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on May 9, 2018. It will be led by Juan Rodriguez, who was the campaign manager of her 2016 Senate campaign and was also a senior adviser to California Gov. Gavin Newsom's campaign. On Friday, Harris will travel to SC to attend the Pink Ice Gala in Columbia, which is hosted by a SC chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, which Harris pledged as an undergraduate student at Howard University.

Following a May 2015 oil spill that damaged the state's coast, she directed her staff to investigate oil companies. There has already been some criticism of that record, including an op-ed written in the New York Times questioning her credentials as a "progressive prosecutor".

The challenging task for Harris after those early state hurdles would be to try to fend off her challengers and consolidate the African-American vote.

Before her 2016 victory in the Senate race, Harris made her career in law enforcement.

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