Kamala Harris Is Running For President. Here's Her Record on Business Issues

23 January, 2019, 00:33 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Sen. Kamala Harris listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on homeland security on Jan. 16 2018

Harris, a former California Attorney General, elected to the Senate in 2016, joins a growing field of Democratic hopefuls.

Senator Kamala Harris appears on "Good Morning America", Jan. 21, 2019.

Vowing to "bring our voices together", Harris would be the first woman to hold the presidency if she succeeds.

Harris started a book tour in early January to promote a memoir, making a series of media appearances that boosted her visibility ahead of her campaign announcement.

"My entire career has been focused on keeping people safe it is probably one of the things that has motivated me more than anything else", Harris said on the show. "Let's claim our future, our ourselves, for our children and four our country". Her team clearly sees her strongest potential for an early state victory in SC, where African-Americans made up 61 percent of the Democratic primary electorate in 2016. "And we are the best of who we are when we fight to achieve those ideals", Harris said.

While Chisholm ultimately fell short, her contribution did not go unnoticed, earning her a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Harris is being instantly hailed as a top-tier candidate.

"I've been a little surprised that there hasn't been more talk about the other high-profile male candidates announcing", said Bret Nilles, chairman of the Linn County, Iowa, Democrats. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of MA and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY have both announced exploratory committees, a step that Harris is skipping. The first-term senator has been billed as one of the Democrats' best chances for defeating Trump in 2020.


"They're the values we as Americans cherish, and they're all on the line now", Harris says in a video released on Monday as she also announced her candidacy on ABC's "Good Morning America".

Harris is the first African American senator from California and joins a field vying to become the first woman elected to the White House.

She will campaign Friday in SC and make a late night appearance Thursday on "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah.

Political foes will pour over her record in California, where she has come under scrutiny for declining as attorney general to prosecute OneWest, the bank once headed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, for alleged foreclosure violations.

"We've known her since she was the DA in San Francisco, and then of course, when she as attorney general was more engaged than any attorney general has been with us in the LGBTQ community", executive director of Equality California Rick Zbur said.

Ms. Harris has been seen as angling for a presidential bid from her first moments in the Senate in 2017. And early voting in Harris's home state of California will overlap with the traditional early nominating contests, which could give Harris a boost.

"And I believe Israel should never be a partisan issue, and as long as I'm a United States senator, I will do everything in my power to ensure broad and bipartisan support for Israel's security and right to self-defense", she added.

As California AG in 2016, Harris won a $1.1 billion settlement against the now-defunct for-profit Corinthian Colleges for its abusive predatory lending practices that left tens of thousands of students in student loan debt after receiving "useless degrees".

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