Published: Tue, January 29, 2019
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Kamala Harris Emerges Frontrunner To Oust Trump In 2020 White House Bid

Kamala Harris Emerges Frontrunner To Oust Trump In 2020 White House Bid

"But behind the scenes, I'm going to tell you I compare my record to any prosecutor, any elected prosecutor in this country, in terms of the work that I have done to reform the criminal justice system".

Speaking in front of the Oakland City Hall, with over 20,000 people in attendance - a larger crowd than former President Barack Obama had at his campaign launch in 2007 - Ms. Harris projected herself as a candidate of the people.

Kamala Harris' prime-time town hall brought her into the living rooms of many more Americans.

"When you were [California's] attorney general, you opposed legislation that would have required your office to investigate fatal shootings involving police officers". "Every time it is said, people will think of us".

Like the other Democratic challengers that have stepped forward so far, Harris made clear that a vote for her was also a vote against Trump.

Harris, who previously served as district attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011 before becoming attorney general of California (and making history as the first African-American and first woman to do so) from 2011 to 2017, when she became the second African-American woman to join U.S. Senate, has seen a strong start to her 2020 campaign, with the lawmaker's popularity putting her in the top five in poll rankings of a crowded field of potential 2020 Democratic candidates.

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The Californian senator could became America's first female USA president, and her rally in front of an enraptured crowd of 20,000 showed the world she could go all the way. This is something Harris seemed to use to her advantage.

Launching her campaign a year before the first primary vote, she added: "We must answer a fundamental question: Who are we?"

"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. Both women are attempting to become the first female president after Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in 2016. She announced her candidacy yesterday and followed up with a speech before a large crowd in Oakland, California (video below, transcript here).

Harris, whose father is from Jamaica and whose mother is Indian, said that "in the face of powerful forces trying to sow hate and division among us, the truth is that as Americans, we have so much more in common than what separates us".

She still has a long road ahead of her, with nearly two years to go until the 2020 election, but her supporters say she can not afford to take her foot off the pedal. She said her platform will include several progressive policies like debt-free college and "Medicare for all", which would allow Americans to opt into government-run health coverage.

She also gets a boost from having California as her home state. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), have also entered the race, while others, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen.

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