Candidate Profiles is our featured series on Democratic candidates as they announce their candidacies for 2020.
Sen. Kamala Harris has officially entered the 2020 race, and Republicans should be worried.
As expected, the first-term senator made her announcement official over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.
“I am running for president of the United States,” Harris announced on ABC. “I am very excited about it.”
Known nation-wide for her sound-bite exchanges in the senate, Harris is a rising Democratic superstar who is currently one of the leading contenders for the nomination.
- Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California, to a Tamil Indian mother and a Jamaican father.
- Harris has had a long career as a prosecutor and was previously California’s attorney general (2011–17).
- She became a house-hold name back in 2012 when she delivered a memorable address at the Democratic National Convention.
- Kamala Harris is the first Indian American, as well as the second African American woman, to serve as a United States Senator.
While Harris is an establishment Democrat, don’t count out her progressive ideals.
She’s supported Medicare for all, sanctuary cities, legalization of recreational marijuana and higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy.
She’s also somewhat populist, declaring that she “will not take a dime” from corporate political action committees in her 2020 run for the White House.
Her campaign seemingly will focus on American renewal, as suggested by the tone of her first official campaign ad.
“Truth. Justice. Decency, Equality. Freedom. Democracy. These aren’t just words. They’re the values we, as Americans, cherish. And they’re all on the line now.”
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 21, 2019
However, since her announcement, her touted progressive record as a prosecutor has come under fire. Her recent response:
“I can tell you of the cases where I really regret that we were not able to charge somebody that molested a child but the evidence wasn’t there. There are cases … where there were folks who made a decision in my office who did not consult with me and I wish they had. But again, I take full responsibility for those decisions,” Harris said at Howard University, her alma mater.
It’s worth noting that Kamala Harris is most known for her Senate questioning stunts that are ill-informed at best and disingenuous at worst. It’s probably the ladder.
During the Kavanaugh hearings, she asked if he knew of any laws “that the government has power to make over the male body?”
She then later tweeted that Kavanaugh’s nomination “is about punishing women.”
Clearly she’s not above the fray of her party, if Kavanaugh doesn’t agree with abortion, he somehow hates women.
During senate questioning of the acting director of ICE, Harris asked if he is aware of the “perception” of similarities between ICE and the KKK.
Who the hell is under this ‘perception’, and how low is their IQ?
Her bizarre attacks won’t play well with sane independent voters, but her leftist base eats this kind-of stuff up.
Our Estimate – LEADING CONTENDER
Make no mistake: Kamala Harris has a great shot at capturing the Democratic nomination.
Her intersectional minority status plays well for the left: as she’s an African-American woman.
But that’s not the one that should scare you the most.
Despite her asinine leftist rhetoric, she’s actually likable.
I personally don’t like her. Conservatives certainly won’t like her.
But to the average moderate American, Harris has an infectious laugh and isn’t as polished and robotic as some of her colleagues.
It’s easy to see the comparisons of her to Obama.
Both are of mixed race, both first-term senators when they ran for office, and both have charisma most politicians lack.
Republicans, be very afraid of this one, as I will be hoping she doesn’t grab the nomination.
It could mean real trouble.