Kamala Harris kicks off 2020 campaign, warns of divisions

Sen. Kamala D. Harris speaks during a rally launching her presidential campaign on Sunday in Oakland Calif

Sen. Kamala D. Harris speaks during a rally launching her presidential campaign on Sunday in Oakland Calif

The answer, which was succinct and direct, showed that Harris is not only aware of the criticism of her time as district attorney of San Francisco and attorney general of California, but is prepared to take it on.

"To be sure we've won and we've lost, but we've never stopped fighting", she said.

Harris said throughout her life she has "only had one client: the people", echoing the words she has used in courtrooms and has adopted as her campaign's slogan.

Ms. Harris also called Mr. Trump's border wall his "medieval vanity project" and in what was perhaps a reference to the plight of federal workers in the recent government shutdown, Ms. Harris said that while American families were living pay-cheque to pay-cheque, bankers responsible for the economic crash were getting bonuses and the country's biggest corporations were getting "a trillion dollars" - a reference to the Trump administration's tax cuts. As The Guardian noted, if that number is accurate, it would mean that Harris drew an even bigger crowd at her presidential campaign launch than Barack Obama did when he announced his own run for president in IL in 2017 to an estimated 15,000-strong crowd. "I made a conscious decision to become a prosecutor because I understood if we're going to reform systems, yes, there is going to be the power that we have on the outside, and also we need to have people on the inside where the decisions are being made, which is why as the chief prosecutor, I was able to not ask permission and to create initiatives that became models".

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Harris' campaign is filled with historic possibility. But at other moments, she hints at a harder edge than the "no-drama" former president.

Some commentators have been drawing parallels between Harris and Obama since early on in the California senator's political career, while others said such comparisons were reductive, with one writer, Holly Thomas, calling the urge to compare the two "symptomatic of a lazy habit that infantilizes high-profile women in America and overseas and skims over the personal details and unique circumstances that shaped them". "Seek truth, speak truth and fight for the truth". "I think it's incredible that Kamala is running and I think she's an awesome candidate and she'd be an incredible president. I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for President of the United States".

Sens. Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY have announced exploratory committees. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), have also entered the race, while others, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. According to Slate, she raised $1.5 million for the campaign in the first 24 hours of her announcement.

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