Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris jumps into 2020 White House race

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Sen. Kamala Harris stopped by Penn Station to nosh on a breakfast sandwich after announcing that she was running for president in 2020.

She launched her campaign on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr Day, with an announcement on ABC's Good Morning America.

Harris plans to make a more elaborate announcement on Sunday in Oakland, California, where she grew up with her younger sister Maya. She's portraying herself in a campaign video as a fighter for justice, decency and equality - values she says are "all on the line".

She served two terms as district attorney of San Francisco (2004-2011), before being elected as attorney general of California (2011-2017), the first woman of colour to do so.

Harris launched her presidential bid as the United States observes what would have been the 90th birthday of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The Republican National Committee criticized Harris as "the least vetted" of the Democratic candidates, calling her unqualified and out of touch. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY have public events scheduled, as do a number of other possible contenders, including former vice-president Joe Biden, former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg and senators Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders. We know that we've not yet reached those ideals, but our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals.

King, she said, "was aspirational, like our country is aspirational".

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the 2016 challenger to eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, attended a church service and a rally Monday in SC, where he fell short two years ago and will need support from black voters to contend again.

While the skills she honed in the courtroom have served her well in the Senate-and helped to elevate her to the forefront of the anti-Trump resistance movement-progressives have lingering and serious questions about her career as California's "top cop".

She is framing her campaign through her courtroom experience. She added that "most communities do". Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has indicated he'll be touring three states that could play a key role in the 2020 presidential primary.

Harris recently published a memoir, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, that dove into numerous messages she is expected to focus on during her campaign.

Her tenure as attorney general was marked by efforts to protect consumers and fight sexual trafficking. "I might not call her a hypocrite".

Harris will be joining what is already a crowded field of presidential candidates that includes Sen. "It's also a very unfortunate one, given that what is at stake here is potentially life-saving treatment that is widely recognized as medically necessary for some people suffering from gender dysphoria".

Harris had been expected to run from around the time she was elected to the USA senate in 2016, the year Trump swept into the White House in an upset victory over Hillary Clinton. Her home state of California also has moved up its primary to increase its influence. Lily Adams, a Clinton campaign alum who has worked as Harris's spokeswoman, will be communications director.

The former prosecutor chose yellow and red for her campaign logo in a nod to Chisholm's bid for president with its red and yellow campaign buttons.

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