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Sen. Kamala Harris jumps into presidential race

Sen. Kamala Harris jumps into presidential race

Harris is the child of two immigrants, as her mother was born in India and her father in Jamaica.

Announcing her run on Martin Luther King Jr. "That's why I'm running for president of the United States", the senator representing California said in a video posted on Twitter.

"On all of those points, I feel very confident about my ability to lead", she said. In a bid to introduce herself, she launched a requisite campaign book "The Truths We Hold", on January 8.

"But the bottom line is the buck stops with me, and I take full responsibility for what my office did", Harris said.

"There is a lot of work to do, but to suggest it's one or the other, I don't buy that", she said.

Harris has been compared to former President Barack Obama for quickly rising through the ranks of the Democratic Party, and for having presidential ambitions after serving for just a short time in the Senate. "That's how I describe myself".

Ms Harris plans to launch her campaign during a rally in California on Sunday. Her message focused on social justice and inclusion is aimed at a diverse Democratic electorate eager for representation, while offering a stark contrast to President Donald Trump's brand of nostalgic nationalism. There's no apparent front-runner at this early stage and Harris will face off against several Senate colleagues. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro. Amy Klobuchar, could also jump in'.

In September, she was among a handful of Democrats who aggressively questioned Kavanaugh at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing about his views on abortion and on the special counsel probe into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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She is already planning her first trip to an early primary state as a declared candidate. 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. His argument struck a chord within the black community, though, helping to instill a new spirit of entrepreneurship among African Americans that had long laid dormant under the stifling pressure of job-killing liberal economic policies. 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. Her home state of California also has moved up its primary to increase its influence.

The CNN town hall at Drake University in Des Moines - which will air at 10 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. PT - will offer Harris her first chance to connect with Iowa's Democratic caucus-goers after her debut as a 2020 contender. "She's black, she's a woman and she is from a state with a major number of delegates", he says.

"Sooner or later, they're going to have to have a female as president", Smith said.

That has been a constant theme of her appearances over the past year on her book tour, and in early-voting states like Iowa and SC, where she will campaign on Friday.

Harris had been expected to run from around the time she was elected to the U.S. senate in 2016, the year Trump swept into the White House in an upset victory over Hillary Clinton. David Huynh, who was Clinton's director of delegate operations in 2016, will serve as a senior adviser. She has said she will reject corporate political action committee money. But some felt she did not do enough to support progressive ballot propositions revising California's three-strikes law, for example, when she became attorney general.

Harris also identifies as the first South Asian-American senator in history, according to her Senate website.

Before her 2016 victory in the Senate race, Senator Harris served as the district attorney in San Francisco before she was elected to serve as attorney-general. A damning op-ed recently published in the New York Times accused Harris of fighting "tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors".