The Californian senator could became America's first female United States president, and her rally in front of an enraptured crowd of 20,000 showed the world she could go all the way.
"Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago", Brown wrote in his weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle, noting that the has "been peppered with calls from the national media about my "relationship" with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president". It is unclear if Harris would seek to abolish that option in the USA, or if she merely seeks to make them unnecessary.
The compelling Oakland speech was a show of strength by Harris and most likely a calculated shot across the bow to those still on the 2020 sidelines, notably the four Bs mulling a run: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker and Beto O'Rourke. Recent polls show those three men would enter the race at or near the top of a growing Democratic field. We know her by reputation.
Klein said he's struck by a couple of Democratic candidates who got in the race early and a few who are staying out. "I was born knowing what they are".
She said that she has "only had one client - the people", echoing words she has used in courtrooms and has adopted as her campaign's slogan. And enthusiasm behind efforts to curb gun violence found an example in Lucy McBath, who lost her 17-year-old son in a shooting in 2012. She's bidding to make history as the first African-American woman and the first person of Asian heritage to become a major party nominee.
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MA senator Elizabeth Warren and South Bend Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg have announced exploratory committees - used to determine whether a potential candidate should run for office. 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. The state is fourth in line on primary and caucus calendar after Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.
The senator from California is speaking at a rally in her hometown of Oakland, the formal kickoff of her campaign for the nomination.
Her platform will include progressive policies including debt-free college and "Medicare for all" - allowing Americans to opt into government-run health coverage. By the second day, she was losing her voice, but still posed for photos with anyone who wanted one.
Perhaps most important, as Democrats weigh their options in the 2020 field, she made a succinct case for why she believes she would be the strongest candidate to take on Trump and not get "caught up in his insane", as one questioner put it.
She was also asked early on about the rise of racism and hate crimes that coincided with Donald Trump's presidential campaign and hs thrived under his presidency.