"I'm running for president because I love my country", declared the 54-year-old, whose father is Jamaican and mother is Indian. Kamala Harris, standing outside of Oakland's city hall, formally kicked off her campaign for the White House by presenting herself as the leader who can best unite an America that is at an "inflection point" and facing a critical question.
"And I think it's great that we have four maybe five women running for president because it's wonderful for America to see what American leadership looks like in all its forms", she added.
The visceral reaction to her words, with crowd members cheering and welling up, has fired her into the lead as one of the Democrats with the potential to unseat Trump in what will be one of the fiercest presidential races in history.
Harris addressed her detractors briefly in her launch speech, saying: "I am not ideal". "And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco". Her campaign is focusing on women's issues, but when asked by WNYCs Brigid Bergin if she could make the case as effectively as Harris to black women, a core demographic of the Democratic Party, she demurred.
It's a burgeoning field that may ultimately feature dozens of candidates seeking to oust President Donald Trump.
According to Brown in a recent op-ed, he appointed Harris to two high level positions during her early career.
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"People in power are trying to convince us that the villain in our American story is each other". She announced her candidacy yesterday and followed up with a speech before a large crowd in Oakland, California (video below, transcript here).
Early on in her speech, Ms. Harris invoked memories of her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, a biologist who immigrated to the USA from Chennai. We are going to have to learn to deal with her.
Harris, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, said that as she and her sister, Maya Harris, grew up in the East Bay they were "raised by a community with a deep belief in the promise of our country, and a deep understanding of the parts of that promise that still remain unfulfilled".
But her prime-time town hall brought her into the living rooms of many more Americans.
Her speech made it clear Harris is eager to take on Trump, but the California senator faces tough competition in the Democratic primary.
She continued to lay out what she called "truths" in what actually signaled her strongest policy stances: debt-free college, Medicare for all, climate change action, tackling discrimination, and treating the opioid crisis as "a national public health emergency". Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), have also entered the race, while others, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen.