Sen. Kamala Harris has announced she’s running for president in 2020.
The announcement is somewhat expected from the California Democratic senator who has not-so coyly led up to Monday’s announcement (Jan. 21) by way of the press run she’s conducted earlier this month as part of her book tour.
In a video clip posted to her social media prior to an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, Sen. Harris called on her supporters to “claim their future.”
“Justice. Decency. Equality. Freedom. Democracy. These aren’t just words. They’re the values we as Americans cherish. And they’re all on the line now.”
“The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values,” Harris continued. “That’s why I’m running for president of the United States. “I’m running to lift those voices, to bring our voices together.”
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 21, 2019
Harris is the first black woman to throw her hat in the 2020 presidential ring. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have announced exploratory committees. Harris, however, has bypassed that.
Harris gained national attention (and favor) during the Brett Kavanaugh hearing when she grilled the future Supreme Court justice about sexual assault allegations leveled against him by Dr. Betty Ford.