We’re barely two years into President Trump’s presidency and the Democratic contenders are already lining up for their chance in the 2020 spotlight. This time, it is Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California. Harris is one of the leading opposition voices and has gained new ground by criticizing Trump.
“I love my country,” she told the hosts of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“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.”
Her announcement came on Martin Luther King Day. “The thing about Dr. King that always inspires me is that he was aspirational. He was aspirational like our country is aspirational,” Harris said. “We know that we’ve not yet reached those ideals. But our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals.”
“So today, the day we celebrate Dr. King, is a very special day for all of us as Americans and I’m honored to be able to make my announcement on the day we commemorate him.”
Harris is 54. Her popularity has grown with those in the Democratic party who are looking for a way to galvanize women ahead of the 2020 election.
“Let´s do this, together,” Harris said in a campaign video. “Let´s claim our future. For ourselves, for our children, and for our country.”
The video was released in coordination with her announcement on ABC.
What this will mean for her Senate career is uncertain. This is her first term. Before this, Harris served as the “first-ever female district attorney in San Francisco and the first black DA in all of California,” Daily Mail writes.
While many are still wondering about the role Hillary Clinton might take in the upcoming election, other women are quickly stepping up. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York both appear to be in. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is also in.
How many others will join their ranks is still uncertain. The field will likely include at least 20 for this election. Which one will rise to the top? One certainly will. The more important question may be how that person will unify a party that remains fractured after the 2016 chaos.