Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced on Monday during an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she will seek her party’s nomination for president in 2020.
Ms. Harris told GMA:
“I know that the American people deserve to have somebody who is going to fight for them . . . who will be concerned about their experience and put them in front of self-interest.”
“This is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.”
California’s junior senator further emphasized the importance of placing the well-being of the American people first, saying:
“Those federal employees, they’re going to want to know we’re not playing politics with their livelihood and their ability to pay rent at the end of the month.”
In the interview, Harris also cited the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr. as inspirations:
“My parents were very active in the civil rights movement. . . . It was a belief that this was a country founded on noble ideals. We are the best of who we are when we fight to achieve those ideals. The thing about Dr. King that always inspires me is that he was aspirational. He was aspirational like our country is aspirational. We know that we’ve not yet reached those ideals. But our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals.”
Kamala Harris began her career as deputy district attorney of Alameda County, Calif., encompassing Oakland from 1990 to 1998, where she specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases.
In 1998, Harris joined the office of the San Francisco district attorney, where she lead the Career Criminal Unit and the Division on Children and Families.
Sen. Harris was elected as district attorney of San Francisco in 2003, becoming the city’s first female African-American to hold that office.
Harris released a video on Monday morning to kick-off her campaign:
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 21, 2019
[Los Angeles Times] [Photo courtesy Greg Nash/The Hill]