US Senator Kamala Harris jumps into 2020 presidential race

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Day that cuts to the heart of a potentially history-making candidacy.

The senator, who grew up in Oakland, California, had an Indian mother and Jamaican father, who were active in the civil rights movement.

As one of the earliest congressional critics of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, Harris has pushed hard for a deal to protect from deportation those immigrants who came to the country without documents as children, a group known as Dreamers.

She became San Francisco's first female district attorney in 2003. when she was first elected as California's attorney general in 2010, she was the first African-American and the first person of South Asian descent to hold the job.

Vowing to "bring our voices together", Harris would be the first woman to hold the presidency if she succeeds.

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.

The backing of African Americans, who dominate the Democratic electorate in early primaries like SC, which is expected to hold its primary in late February 2020, followed by other Southern states in the first half of March, would make her formidable.

Senator Kamala Harris speaks to the media after announcing she will run for president at Howard University in Washington.

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The African-American politician officially launched her campaign on Monday, America's Martin Luther King Jr Day holiday, declaring in a campaign video: "Let's do this, together". "And we are the best of who we are when we fight to achieve those ideals", Harris said. She has said she will reject corporate political action committee money.

Besides asking her about her platform, several of the reporters also probed Harris's background as a candidate from California and a former attorney general. In October, she unveiled new tax legislation aimed at the middle class to give families up to $6,000 a year in refundable tax credits, which she will likely highlight on the 2020 campaign trail.

At least one candidate is certain to pursue a different path to the nomination, arguing for a more thorough ideological retooling of the Democratic Party along economically populist lines: Elizabeth Warren.

"Those folks don't want a wall".

As California AG in 2016, Harris won a $1.1 billion settlement against the now-defunct for-profit Corinthian Colleges for its abusive predatory lending practices that left tens of thousands of students in student loan debt after receiving "useless degrees". Kirsten Gillibrand. Both senators' announcements have been met with skepticism, the former as a result of her "divisive" claim to Native American ancestry, which she inflamed through her "1/1,024th" DNA test fiasco, and the latter because of her poor performance in the presidential polls.

After kicking off her campaign in California, she plans to travel to Iowa to field questions from voters at a CNN-sponsored town hall at Drake University in Des Moines. Kamala Harris threw her hat into what's already expected to be a crowded field of Democrats running for president.

Barack Obama's candidacy followed a very different path. Obama could easily have been a mostly elite phenomenon, a "wine-track" candidate of high-minded centrist reform like Bill Bradley or Gary Hart who excites interest but doesn't win.

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