California Sen. Kamala Harris jumps into 2020 presidential race

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Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California joined the 2020 presidential contest on Monday, thrusting a daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India into the Democratic race two years after she arrived in the Senate.

In a brief video from her campaign that was released on social media Monday morning at the same time she appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," Harris called on her supporters to join with her to "claim our future". "I'm very excited about it".

Harris will hold her first campaign rally next weekend in Oakland, Calif. - the city where she was born and held her first job as a prosecutor.

She launches her bid as the nation observes what would have been the 90th birthday of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Harris often proudly recalls that as a prosecutor she fought big banks during the 2008 financial crisis to defend families. Words pop out of garish backgrounds, the images cut swiftly between Harris and stock photos of Happy People, all while Harris mouths platitudes that literally anyone from either party could utter, right down to the "we have to fight for it" mantra. And it might culminate in a 2020 presidential run. The campaign will be based in Baltimore, Md., with a second office in Oakland. For Harris, that means persuading primary voters that she has a winning message on economic issues like trade, which powered Trump in the Midwest.

Ms Harris, who was elected in 2016, previously served as the state's attorney general.

Harris's campaign team is already taking shape and includes several veterans of Democratic politics.

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Kamala Harris is throwing her hat into the Democratic primary for president, bypassing the formal exploratory stage and going all-in. She also acknowledged the challenges she would face while running in such a heated election and how cutthroat the presidential race might be.

She also has been criticized for saying she was not aware of sexual harassment allegations against one of her top aides, who resigned in December after a California newspaper asked him about a 2016 harassment lawsuit.

Harris's announcement comes about a week after New York Sen.

Harris is the third USA senator and the fourth woman to join the 2020 fray. 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.

The former California state attorney general has become popular with liberal activists for her tough questioning of Trump administration appointees and officials, including Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, during Senate hearings.

University of San Francisco associate law professor Lara Bazelon recently argued in an op-ed piece that the perception that Harris acted as a "progressive prosecutor" during her tenure as the district attorney of San Francisco and then California's attorney general contradict her actions.

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