She’s known for asking tough questions on Capitol Hill, now she’s making a push to be the country’s next president.
Senator Kamala Harris announced plans to run against current president Donald Trump in 2020.
Harris announcing her presidential campaign’s core principles on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
“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… I intend to fight for truth and transparency and trust. I intend to fight!”
California’s Junior Senator is notable both in biography and her two year tenure in the Senate.
Supporters Hail Harris’ rapid-fire questioning in the Senate. From Supreme Court nominees to Justice Department officials; making more than one of them squirm.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, “I’m not able to be rushed this fast. It makes me nervous!”
The native of Oakland says she embodies everything California stands for and what the president is against. She is the daughter of immigrants, a father from Jamaica and a mother from southern India, both active in the civil rights era.
Harris says, “It was about fighting for justice. It was about fighting to make sure that all people had a say in their future.”
Harris graduated from Howard University, returning to Oakland to become a prosecutor. As the San Francisco District Attorney, Harris crafted innovative programs to reform the criminal justice sytem at a time when other prosecutors were taking a ‘tough on crime’ approach.
And, despite political pressure from her own party, she refused to seek the death penalty against the killer of a police officer, sticking to a core campaign pledge and personal belief.
But, she would defend the death penalty as California’s first black woman attorney general, still personally opposed, but upholding state law, coming under fire from activists.
When the Supreme Court allowed marriage equality to stand in California, she officiated the first, legal same-sex marriages in 2013 saying, “Any day that justice is delayed, justice is denied”.
All part of her pledge to be a progressive prosecutor.
“It is a false choice to suggest that one is either in favor of the second amendment or in favor of reasonable gun safety rules. We can be both.”
That history is both an asset and an opening for attack.
“What about black people, what about us? What about black people, Kamala?!”
A question that may follow her to the campaign as it did on her book tour. Is it possible to be both a top cop and reformer for progressives?