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    Kamala Harris Enters U.S. Presidential Race, Promises to Fight for “Our Nation’s Very Soul”

    Oakland native Senator Kamala Harris officially entered the U.S. presidential race on Monday, January 21. Speculation was high that the former attorney general of California and former district attorney of San Francisco would run. As Harris informed her supporters shortly after the announcement on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: “The outpouring of support from people across our country asking me to run over the last year has been incredible.”

    She added, “As the head of the largest state justice department in the country, I took on the big banks and powerful special interests like big oil when they preyed on working people. In the Senate, I have led the fight against the Trump Administration’s radical agenda—standing with you to save our health care, oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and so much more. Our American values are on the line, and I’m ready to see this fight through. We need to defend them before it’s too late, or risk losing our nation’s very soul.”

    Harris went on to share that “ours will not be a campaign against something or someone. It will be a campaign for the very future of our country. For the people. Together, we will fight for a country with strong public schools in every zip code. A country where one job is enough to pay the bills. A country with full, universal health care for every single American. Together, we will fight for a country where getting a college education doesn’t mean taking on a lifetime of debt. Where middle-class and working families are prioritized with tax breaks, not corporations or the wealthiest 1%. Where every single person can retire with dignity. Where every single person can breathe clean air and drink clean water. Where Black women aren’t three to four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. A country where a for-profit prison business, a billion-dollar industry, is a thing of the past. We’re going to fight for an America where all our civil rights are respected. We’re going to seek truth and speak truth. That’s my promise to you.”

    As of this writing, 7 other Democrats have entered the 2020 race for president. They are former housing secretary and former mayor of San Antonio Julián Castro, former Maryland congressman John Delaney, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), former West Virginia state senator Richard Ojeda, Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) and former tech executive Andrew Yang.

    Several prominent politicians, such as former vice president Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont) and Congressman Beto O’Rourke (Texas), may run as well, according to numerous political analysts. They have not yet tossed their hat into the already crowded ring, however.

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