Kamala Harris just announced her bid for the 2020 presidency.
Appearing on Good Morning America this morning (January 21), the Senator from California says she will seek the Democratic nomination for President.
“I’m running for President of the United States and I’m very excited about it,” Harris told hosts George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts.
At the same time as her announcement, she posted a video on her website titled “For The People” in which she lays out the platform she plans to run on.
“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,” she says in the video teaser. “The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values. That’s why I’m running for President of the United States.”
Harris’ campaign will officially kick off in Oakland on January 27. Prior to that, she’ll be making an appearance in Columbia, South Carolina this Friday to speak at the Pink Ice Gala, an event held by the local Gamma Nu Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which she was member of while an undergraduate at Howard University.
The 54-year-old Harris' campaign for presidency will reportedly focus on addressing the cost of living crisis, pursuing a safer, fairer, more just society, expanding access to a better quality of life, and restoring dignity and responsibility in office.
Currently, Kamala Harris is California’s junior senator and has been a rising star in the Democratic party since arriving in Washington after the 2016 election. She’s the first Black and Indian-American senator ever and was raised in Oakland by her parents, who are both immigrants. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan is of Indian descent while her father, Donald Harris, is from Jamaica.
Prior to becoming a senator two years ago, Kamala Harris was Attorney General of California and is a former District Attorney. During that time she criminalized truancy, making it a crime for kids to be late for school. She defended California’s choice to deny sexual reassignment surgery to a trans inmate, and in 2014, she appealed a federal judge’s ruling that the death penalty was unconstitutional.
Kamala Harris has received praise for her prosecution of numerous predatory lending crimes and created a Mortgage Fraud Strike Force. She’s also fought for prison reform and created a special Hate Crimes Unit, which focused on hate crimes against LGBT children and teens in schools. She’s also a supporter of same-sex marriage.
As a senator, Harris was perhaps most recently known for her staunch opposition to then-Supreme Court judge nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. During the hearings she questioned the FBI Director’s limited scope of the sexual assault investigation on Donald Trump’s SC nom.
According to a press release regarding Kamala Harris' decision to announce her Presidential candidacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, she wants today to be a reminder of her “commitment to defending the interests of all people and putting their priorities ahead of the forces that seek to divide and harm them.” Thus her campaign slogan “For the People.”
For more information on Kamala Harris, visit her website, KamalaHarris.org.
Kamala Harris' next scheduled TV appearance is slated for January 24, when she'll join Trevor Noah for an interview on "The Daily Show."
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