Kamala Harris raises eyebrows at televised town hall

Desiree Burns
January 29, 2019

Her parents, both active in the Civil Rights Movement, had met at the University of California, Berkeley.

Harris also did not shy away from taking on Trump directly, saying the USA welcomes refugees and calling the wall that Trump wants to build at the southern border a "medieval vanity project" that would not actually stop transnational gangs, which she noted she battled as state attorney general.

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris waves to supporters during her presidential campaign launch rally in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California, on January 27. During her time as California's attorney general, during the worst of the economic downturn, she found herself in a battle with the biggest mortgage bankers.

At various points during her speech, Ms. Harris took on the Donald Trump administration and its narratives about America.

Another former Obama adviser, Anita Dunn, told the LA Times: "She really took a large step toward demonstrating - not telling people, but demonstrating to people - she's a candidate who can go the distance".

Harris addressed her detractors briefly in her launch speech, saying: "I am not ideal".

Heavyweights Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker and Beto O'Rourke are also reportedly weighing up a run, with the field expected to eventually include around a dozen candidates. "And folks, on the subject of transnational gangs, let's be perfectly clear: the President's medieval vanity project is not going to stop them". As The Guardian noted, if that number is accurate, it would mean that Harris drew an even bigger crowd at her presidential campaign launch than Barack Obama did when he announced his own run for president in IL in 2017 to an estimated 15,000-strong crowd. But the Democratic senator fell short in many of her challenges, fighting not only Trump but a Republican-held Congress. That is not who we are.

"If Kamala Harris wants people who care about dismantling mass incarceration and correcting miscarriages of justice to vote for her she needs to radically break with her past", wrote Prof Bazleoni.

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Harris allegedly had an extramarital affair with San Francisco's former mayor - Willie Brown - over 20-years ago.

Brown said that Harris is the only politician that he helped who later told him "that I would be indicted if I "so much as jaywalked" while she was D.A".

Harris referenced the Charlottesville riot, the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, attacks on the press, and family separation ("don't you dare call it border security, that's a human rights abuse") as some of the ways the country has shifted downward in the past two years.

Harris's campaign will be based in Baltimore and led by Juan Rodriguez, who managed her 2016 Senate campaign. We are going to have to learn to deal with her. "Seek truth, speak truth and fight for the truth".

"People in power are trying to convince us that the villain in our American story is each other".

"I'm running for president because I love my country", declared the 54-year-old, whose father is Jamaican and mother is Indian. "I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for President of the United States".

She also gets a boost from having California as her home state. In the weeks before last November's elections, she traveled to the leadoff caucus state to campaign on behalf of Democrats, and also visited other early-voting states.

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