Kamala Harris makes stop at Penn Station after announcing presidential bid

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First-term Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California, a rising party star and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, launched her 2020 campaign for the White House on Monday by touting her prior career as a prosecutor.

In the first 30 minutes after her announcement, Harris received individual online contributions from all 50 states, spokesman Ian Sams said on Twitter.

"The future of our country depends on you and millions or others, lifting our voices to fight for our American values", she says. I'm running to lift those voices.

Harris, whose parents met in Berkeley during their involvement in the Civil Rights movement, announced her presidential campaign on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Harris said that she will not accept money from corporate PACs.

Harris's background in law enforcement could be a challenge in a Democratic primary, and she was asked on ABC about comments criticizing opposition to law enforcement on the left. However, Harris has recently received criticism for some of her stances as a prosecutor.

On the other hand, Harris will be far from alone in a crowded Democratic field and, as Gray notes, every candidate will rightly face questions about their previous positions and political record. Harris becomes the fourth woman now serving in Congress to announce her presidential ambitions.

"I have the unique experience of having been a leader in local government, state government and federal government", she said. Among those expected to join the race are senators Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown and Amy Klobuchar. Kamala Harris became the latest to enter 2020 presidential race.

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In an announcement on Good Morning America this morning, the Calfornia Democratic Senator Kamala Harris announced that she would be running for President in the upcoming 2020 elections.

Merle Ibelings, a student at Westmount High, says she is excited and inspired to see an alumnus of her school in the running for the USA presidency.

In her two years in the Senate, she has brought a prosecutor's sharpness to the questioning of Donald Trump's nominees on the Senate Judiciary Committee, such as Brett Kavanaugh.

The New York Times reports that she will be holding her first campaign event in SC on January 25. "You get into some of those swing states like Florida and OH and what not that would commend her, somewhat".

As California's attorney general, she refused to defend Proposition 8, the state's ban on same-sex marriage, and also refused to certify a "Kill the Gays" ballot initiative that would have instituted the death penalty for homosexuality. Obviously it's heavy on symbolism: not only MLK Day announcement, but comes 47 years to the day as Shirley Chisholm's 1972 campaign kickoff.

Prior to becoming a senator, Harris was a deputy district attorney and Alameda County, a district attorney of San Francisco city and county, and later the attorney general of California.

Rubin added that Harris's "greatest strength, which if she is as smart as she seems should be at the center of her campaign, might be her ability to talk about politics in terms of values - empathy, fairness, personal responsibility". "It's also likely that her record on criminal justice and banking reform as California AG will continue to plague her if she doesn't adopt a more aggressive message and propose big progressive solutions".

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