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Kamala Harris opens presidential bid

23 January 2019, 12:35 | Tara Lloyd

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Kamala Harris becomes the latest Democrat to enter the growing field of 2020 presidential hopefuls.

Senator Harris said it was "very important" to announce her candidacy in an already crowded Democratic primary field on MLK Day.

"When she came here, she blended right in with us", Smith said. Because it is true we are a country that - yes, we are flawed, we're not ideal, but we are a great country when we think about the principles on which we were founded.

Last week, a widely-circulated New York Times op-ed written by Lara Bazelon, a law professor and the former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles, argued that Harris can not be considered a "progressive prosecutor" given her record as attorney general in California.

The New York Times reports that she will be holding her first campaign event in SC on January 25.

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Her staff says she plans to reject the assistance of a super PAC, as well as corporate PAC money.

Harris, who is African-American, also said she was "honored" to time her announcement to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr Day. She is expected to formally launch her campaign in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday.

During an emotional exchange between Harris and Professor Christine Blasey Ford, Harris said she believed Ford and praised her courage for coming forward.

As one of the earliest congressional critics of Trump's immigration policies, Harris has pushed hard for a deal to protect from deportation those immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, a group known as Dreamers. The first-term senator has been billed as one of the Democrats' best chances for defeating Trump in 2020. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen.

Yvette Simpson, chief executive officer of Democracy for America, said that means selecting a nominee who can connect with the rainbow coalition of minorities, liberals and young voters.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA, a longtime avatar for the more progressive, pro-labor wing of the Democratic party, has formed an exploratory committee for a 2020 run.

Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016, announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination during an interview on Monday's edition of Good Morning America.

The former San Francisco prosecutor drew notice when her rapid-fire grilling of Sessions during a 2017 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing caused him to complain.

"I'm not able to be rushed this fast", he said.

Her sister Maya was a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

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Her campaign could be aided by the schedule for the state-by-state party nominating process that is scheduled to begin in February 2020. She traveled extensively for candidates during the 2018 midterm elections and made a stop in Iowa, which holds its caucuses before any other state holds primary contests.

From the Palmetto State, Harris hopes to notch another win because of her neighboring state advantage in Nevada, where she has campaigned extensively for other candidates.

US Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen.

That specific question cannot be answered at this point, but Gray argues that while an examination of Harris' record-mixed as it is-can be revealing, the fact that she became a prosecutor in the first place might be a demerit she cannot escape. Just three months before announcing that she is jumping in the ring, she was asked directly about the question.

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