US SENATOR Kamala Harris is running for US President against Donald Trump in 2020.
This is what you need to know about the potential 2020 candidate.
Harris is currently serving as the junior US Senator for California since 2017[/caption]
Who is Kamala Harris?
Kamala Harris is an American attorney and politician who is currently serving as the junior US Senator for California since 2017.
The 54-year-old was born in Oakland, California and is a member of the Democratic Party.
She is married to Douglas Emhoff who is also a lawyer.
The couple reportedly met on a blind date after a set up by a close friend of Harris.
Emhoff is currently a California attorney at Venable LLp.
Harris previously served as the 32nd Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017, and as District Attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2010.
Harris graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC and got her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
After graduating, she worked in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the City Attorney of San Francisco’s office.
In 2004, she was elected District Attorney of San Francisco.
Kamala Harris broke records as she raised £1.2million in just 24 hours after she announced her 2020 presidential run[/caption]
What has she said about running for presidency in 2020?
On January 21, Harris declared she will run against Trump in the 2020 elections.
Vowing to “bring our voices together,” Harris would be the first woman to hold the presidency and the second African-American if she succeeds.
Previously, she said the US is “absolutely” ready for a woman of colour to be president.
She made her long anticipated announcement on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” saying: “I am running for president of the United States,” she said. “And I’m very excited about it.”
The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign as she announced her bid.
“They’re the values we as Americans cherish, and they’re all on the line now. The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values.”
Harris launched her presidential campaign as the nation observed what would have been the 90th birthday of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
She abandoned the formality of launching an exploratory committee, instead going all in on a presidential bid.
She did a formal campaign launch in Oakland on January 27, based in Baltimore, with a second office in Oakland.
Political commentators expect Harris to portray herself as a fact-based no-nonsense challenger to Donald Trump’s flamboyant persona.
On January 21, Harris declared she will run against Trump in the 2020 elections[/caption]
Harris has acted as a senator since 2017, and said Americans were ready for a black woman to lead during an appearance on ABC’s The View.
She said: “I’m not saying that about myself, but I am saying that about the capacity of the American public.
“We need to give the American public more credit.”
Harris told The View that when it came down to what people really cared about, the race and gender of the leader didn’t matter so much.
She said when voters woke up in the middle of the night with concerns, “they aren’t waking up thinking that thought through the lens of the party with which they’re registered to vote.”
She continued: “When they wake up thinking that thought, it usually has to do with one of very few things.
“It usually has to do with their personal health, about their children or their parents.”
She continued: “Can I get a job? Keep a job? Pay the bills by the end of the month? Retire with dignity?
“The vast majority of us have so much more in common than what separates us.”
Politico suggested the 54-year-old senator is likely to announce a run, with a whirlwind book tour for her biography planned, and a flurry of media appearances in the coming weeks.
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How much money has Kamala Harris raised?
Kamala Harris broke records as she raised £1.2million in just 24 hours after she announced her 2020 presidential run.
The former California attorney clearly appealed to the masses as at least 38,000 donors gifted an average of $37.
And the Democrat’s campaign has already claimed it’s the most amount of individual online donors in the first 24 hours of a presidential campaign ever.
Mike Nellis, the campaign’s digital aide said: “These numbers reveal a campaign powered by the people – an energetic, nationwide.”
The donations are so significant for Harris because she said she will reject all funds from the political action committee.
What happened between Harris and Joe Biden?
At the end of June, Harris threw Biden’s campaign into turmoil when she challenged him on his race record.
She said: “I will direct this at Vice President Biden. I do not believe you are a racist, and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground.
“But I also believe — and it’s personal — that it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country.”
Biden could only respond by saying it was a “mischaracterisation”, but was clearly rattled by the encounter.
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