Harris emerges as frontrunner to oust Trump as rivals circle

Henrietta Brewer
January 29, 2019

Speaking in front of the Oakland City Hall, with over 20,000 people in attendance - a larger crowd than former President Barack Obama had at his campaign launch in 2007 - Ms. Harris projected herself as a candidate of the people. "For all our differences, for all the battles, for all the fights, we are still one American family", she writes, "and we should act like it".

Harris joins early Democratic contenders including former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Maryland's John Delaney, Hawaii's Tulsi Gabbard and NY senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Morgan, a longtime Democratic fundraiser who considered a run for governor himself before becoming an independent, said that the origins of his firm's famous phrase is simple: "I stole it from Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence". Brown was also reportedly key to helping Harris gain the support of wealthy campaign donors during her run for San Francisco district attorney in the early 2000's. "She knew that her adopted homeland would see Maya and me as black girls, and she was determined to make sure we would grow into confident, proud black women". "He was aspirational like our country is aspirational", she said of the civil rights leader. We are going to have to learn to deal with her.

"The biggest question for her campaign is whether she can be the front runner she now is and run the insurgent-style campaign that is best suited to her", tweeted former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer.

One reason for the racial scrutiny Harris was receiving was because of her past record as the district attorney in San Francisco. "I think we very much believe that healthcare should be a right and not a privilege".

"So I did not oppose the bill", she replied.

Her town hall will be live from Iowa.

She also gets a boost from having California as her home state.

For years, California - the nation's most populous state - voted near the end of the process, meaning nominees were often decided before a single Californian cast a vote.

Harris, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, said that as she and her sister, Maya Harris, grew up in the East Bay they were "raised by a community with a deep belief in the promise of our country, and a deep understanding of the parts of that promise that still remain unfulfilled".

She continued to lay out what she called "truths" in what actually signaled her strongest policy stances: debt-free college, Medicare for all, climate change action, tackling discrimination, and treating the opioid crisis as "a national public health emergency". Law professor Lara Bazleoni in a New York Times op-ed last week cited occasions on which Ms Harris backed contentious policies, and some on social media shared photos of her posing with immigration agents, along with the hashtag #NeverKamala. She did say, "My mother used to have a saying". Lord knows, I am not ideal.

Perhaps the biggest question is how she will stand up to Trump when she becomes his target.

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