Kamala Harris jumps into 2020 White House race to become the first woman of color to run for president in nearly 50 years
Harris, a rising star in the Democratic party, timed her announcement to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day in an acknowledgment to the civil rights movement
Popular California senator and longtime prosecutor Kamala Harris announced on Monday that she is running for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential bid. The 54-year-old is the third sitting senator to make her presidential bid for the upcoming polls officially, looking to challenge President Donald Trump.
Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have already announced their bid for the 2020 presidency race.
Harris, a rising star in the Democratic party, made the announcement during an appearance on ABC's 'Good Morning America', timing it with Martin Luther King Jr. Day in an acknowledgment to the Civil Rights movement.
"I’m running for president of the United States," said the first African American Senator from California, who was elected as the state's junior senator in 2016 after two terms as attorney general.
"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," Harris said.
"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."
If Harris secures the Democratic nomination, she would be the first African American woman to be a major party nominee for the presidency.
"I love my country. I love my country," she said. "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," Harris said during her appearance on GMA.
Harris — born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father — reportedly plans to launch her presidential campaign on January 27 during a rally in Oakland, California.
Reports state that she is expected to highlight her time as an attorney general in California and her work on criminal justice and immigration reform as important tenets of her campaign, which will be centered on the core theme: "For The People."
Harris, who has a long record of public service, worked as an attorney general in California and a district attorney in San Francisco for a combined 12 years before she was elected to the Senate in 2016.
The 54-year-old, during her time as a senator, has emerged as a prominent champion for racial equality, being the second African American woman in the Senate.
Harris is also popular on social media and she uses the medium to engage with her followers effectively. According to a recent analysis conducted by Axios, the California Senator leads among the 2020 presidential candidates so far when comes to comparing their engagement on Twitter.
CSPAN has posted the entire nearly 8-minute exchange between Kamala Harris and Kavanaugh on the Mueller probe. It is worth your time. pic.twitter.com/ezJVEuDeUK— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 6, 2018
Harris, during her two years in the Senate, gained popularity among Democrats for her trenchant examinations on the Senate Judiciary Committee, specifically during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh.
Her interactions with Kavanaugh during the examinations went viral on social media and became C-SPAN's "most-viewed tweet video" of a Senator from any party ever. Reports state that the clip of Harris grilling Kavanaugh was viewed over 7.14 million times