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Kamala Harris announces 2020 presidential run

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  • Independent
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    huffingtonpost.com/entry/kamala-harris-...

    All, what do you think of her?

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    She is my favorite of the dozen plus declared candidates by far.

    Hell, I even wrote about my desire for her to run back in June of 2018 when chatter about potential Democratic candidates began in earnest. She's crazy smart, but is able to relate to the "common man" at the same time. She strikes fear in any witness testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but does so with elegance and grace that stupefies even the most cocky of witnesses.

    Senator Harris would make a phenomenal President. My only concerns about her candidacy, at least as of now, have nothing to do with her personally. There's a whole lot of racists in America. There's also a whole lot of sexists. I'm scared to find out how many sexist racists we have lurking out there.

  • Center Left
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    Eventually she could be very good. I doubt she can capture the hearts and minds of the masses. 1940's mentality of the south and low population areas are why it won't work. Sad but true. Her ability is not in question.

  • Independent
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    She is my #1 choice at this point. She is strong, but not militant nor radical.

    She is the type of woman candidate that would do extremely well with independent voters and many Republican voters. Republicans voters do like strong women candidates, but get turned off by the hardcore "liberated" activists that rose into prominence during the 60s-70s. Just like Democrats and Independents voters get turned off by hardcore evangelicals candidates. Harris may feel strongly about many issues, but she does not come across as lecturing to the unconverted.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    I started writing this post earlier and then noticed that a thread had already been written with good comments. Here's what I wrote:

    Senator Kamala Harris (age 54) has an impressive resume as District Attorney of San Francisco (2004-2010), Attorney General of California (2011-2017) and United States Senator from California (2017 to present). She serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on the Budget.

    She has a mixed racial ethnicity from a Tamil Indian mother and a Jamaican father. She has a BA in political science and economics from Howard University and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

    I've seen her speak on several occasions and find her articulate and personable. Nice smile.

    I won't take time to go into where she stands on the issues. As a Democrat she aligns with the Democratic Party on most positions. My expectation is that she will rise near the top 5 of Democratic presidential candidates once people get to see her on the campaign. While calling herself a progressive, for some progressives though she may not be "progressive enough" as they have dug into her past record as both District Attorney of San Francisco and Attorney General of California. In other words, they are already applying purity tests to her.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    While calling herself a progressive, for some progressives though she may not be "progressive enough" as they have dug into her past record as both District Attorney of San Francisco and Attorney General of California. In other words, they are already applying purity tests to her.

    My concern is Democratic primary voters might want a democratic version of Donald Trump. Not talking about someone who is a con man, liar, etc, but the candidate that is fringe\niche candidate that only appeals to 30% of hardcore democrats, making promises that hardcore Democrats want to hear, but like Trump's wall, never will become a reality; issues that will be 100% non-starters for 70% of Americans.

    If the democrats are looking for their version of DT, Harris will not be at the head of the ticket, but if nominated, she would be able to take him on head to head without blinking. She'd likely crush him in the national vote, likely even more than HC.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    From the Huffington Post link above,

    "According to a Harris aide, her priorities in the campaign will be addressing the cost of living, pushing for a more just society, expanding access to better quality of life and restoring dignity and responsibility to public office. Issues like immigration, education and criminal justice reform are expected to feature prominently in her agenda. "

    "Harris’ track record includes support for LGBTQ rights, recent support for “Medicare for all,” and what she dubs her “smart on crime” strategy, which includes reducing sentences for low-level offenders.

    "Harris has been a vocal critic of Trump and his administration, calling for reform of Immigration and Customs Enforcement amid Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, and for stronger environmental protections amid the Trump administration’s loosening of regulations."

    These are all feel good priorities, but I don't know off hand how she would be able to separate herself from the other candidates with similar agendas. Time will tell.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    wwjd Wrote:

    My concern is Democratic primary voters might want a democratic version of Donald Trump. Not talking about someone who is a con man, liar, etc, but the candidate that is fringe\niche candidate that only appeals to 30% of hardcore democrats, making promises that hardcore Democrats want to hear, but like Trump's wall, never will become a reality; issues that will be 100% non-starters for 70% of Americans.

    If the democrats are looking for their version of DT, Harris will not be at the head of the ticket, but if nominated, she would be able to take him on head to head without blinking. She'd likely crush him in the national vote, likely even more than HC.

    wwjd -- yes we should be thinking about the best candidate to beat Trump (or his alternate) and not necessarily about appealing to the fringes of the party. The results of the Mueller investigation, if it implicates Trump in high crimes and misdemeanors, can make the Democratic candidates electability much higher. However, infighting amongst the various Democratic Party factions can divide us, much like it did in 2016. Kamala Harris or someone like her should do well. I just don't think the party is ready for a Bernie Sanders rerun.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Huffington Post: Elizabeth Warren welcomes Kamala Harris into an already crowded Democratic presidential field

    As the HP article suggest, both Warren and Harris have similar views on the issues of the day, although there could be more separation as the campaigns roll on. Right now I would give the nod to Kamala Harris as being less polarizing, but that can change in a hurry.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Huffington Post: Elizabeth Warren welcomes Kamala Harris into an already crowded Democratic presidential field

    As the HP article suggest, both Warren and Harris have similar views on the issues of the day, although there could be more separation as the campaigns roll on. Right now I would give the nod to Kamala Harris as being less polarizing, but that can change in a hurry.

    Yes, she's a fighter; as I saw her in action against Kavanaugh she's got the right background and stamina. I think she's about the best of the female candidates. But as usual my question remains: Is this country ripe for an "female" President? She will likely be faced with the same backwards "evangelical" indoctrinated bunch who still think women belong in the kitchen and should raise at least 10 kids; the church said so.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    To quote Michelle Goldberg, "may the best woman win".

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/21/opinion/kamala-harris-2020-democrats-sexism-trump.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

  • Independent
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    Arizona; I read it, but don't quite agree; I guess Goldberg is afraid to mention the real cause, which is the baked in backwards "cowboy" mentality especially in the "bible" belt(s), rust belt, corn belt, soybean belt, deplorable belts, like Iowa, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee etc. Therefore it will be a long time before a woman becomes President, because she will be torpedoed day and night by the likes of McConnell, Hatch, Grassley and the other "conservative" types because of being an woman. The word "Conservatism" means you stick to the "old" ways and don't want new "shoes" or an other religion. A woman means for them; "obey" and stay in the kitchen and raise the dozen kids with the Trump caps on. They love to stay stuck in the mud, which they created themselves. Actually they are like pre-historic mud monsters.
  • Center Left
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    You're sadly right Dutch. Eventually all things change though. I am afraid it will take far more time. Perhaps she can find a new path and get 70% of Dems to vote as opposed to 36%. Not the 97% advantage they have but conman fear mongering motivates absolutely. She could be a great VP though. If it doesn't work out exactly as she hopes this time, I hope she's going to get serious consideration.
  • Democrat
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    Kamala Harris will be working for that blood soaked Military Industrial Complex and that is the last thing this country needs.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Is the fact that Harris, seemingly good candidate, failed to prosecute One West enough to ruin her presidential bid?

    "she has come under scrutiny for declining as attorney general to prosecute OneWest, the bank once headed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, for alleged foreclosure violations"

    There were allegedly thousands of foreclosure violations by One West. Harris' explanation was she "followed the facts" in declining to prosecute.

    unionleader.com/news/politics/national/...

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