Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., announced on Good Morning America on Monday she will be running for president in 2020.
“I feel a responsibility to stand up and fight for who we are,” the senator from California told George Stephanopoulos, the former Clinton White House communications director now at ABC News. “I’m running for president of the United States and I’m very excited about it.”
She’ll join a crowded field of hopefuls vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and others announced and expected.
Joe Biden is among the latter group, and the senior senator from California snubbed the junior when she announced her support for the former vice president.
Senator Harris, 54, intends to official launch her campaign at a rally in Oakland, California, on January 27. PPD is told she will try to highlight her time as attorney general, as well as her work on criminal justice and immigration reform.
“For The People” will be the core slogan, or theme. Her first campaign style even will take place in South Carolina this Friday, Iowa or New Hampshire.
That’s noteworthy, according to PPD’s election projection model director.
“When Hillary Clinton ran into early state trouble against Bernie Sanders in 2016, we told everyone it didn’t matter because of her strong support among black Democratic primary voters in the South,” Rich Baris, the People’s Pundit explained.
“With this move, Senator Harris signals she’s decided on a similar strategy, betting proportionality and demographics overcome early state momentum.”
However, the Republican National Committee (RNC) jumped on the announcement, noting her lack of success in the chamber and left-of-center views.
“Kamala Harris is arguably the least vetted Democrat running for president, but it’s already clear how unqualified and out-of-touch she is,” RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens said in a statement. “Her hometown paper says she was a bad manager as attorney general, and all she has to show for her brief time in the Senate is a radically liberal voting record.”