Kamala Harris as she announces her candidacy for president: “I love my country. And 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.” Via ABC pic.twitter.com/5tcYcm6jbH
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 21, 2019
Courtesy of CNN:
Kamala Harris announced Monday that she is running for president in 2020, arguing that the time has come to fight against what she views as the injustices of the past two years of the Trump presidency.
In a brief video from her campaign that was released on social media Monday morning at the same time she appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Harris called on her supporters to join with her to “claim our 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,” Harris said in the video, teasing her official kickoff in her birthplace of Oakland next Sunday.
“The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values,” the Democratic California senator said. “That’s why I’m running for president of the United States. “I’m running to lift those voices, to bring our voices together.”
Harris is now the fourth woman to announce that she is running in 2020. Which all by itself is pretty big news.
Harris is one of a handful of folks that I think have a real shot at winning the nomination.
She along with Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke are the only ones that I see going the distance. (Yes I know O’Rourke has not announced, but he likely will so be patient.)
I think that both Kirsten Gillibrand and Tulsa Gabbard are dead in the water, and though I like Julian Castro personally I just don’t find his candidacy in any way exciting. (He would make a solid VP choice, however.)
Now before anybody mentions Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden, keep in mind that if they enter the race the debate stage will look like the political version of “Bring your grampa to work day.”
Their time has passed, and I hope they both realize it before they embarrass themselves.
Now it is still possible that the eventual Democratic nominee is not yet known to us, and that some charismatic upstart will stick a superhero landing in the political arena, ala Barack Obama, but is that is yet to be seen.
From what I see right now in front of us, it is a very strong possibility that our candidate will be a woman, which during a time of Women’s marches and the #MeToo movement would energize voters in a way that will frighten Republicans to their core.