Sen. Kamala Harris announces her 2020 presidential run on MLK Jr Day


Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, NC

I honestly believed that Elizabeth Warren would be the only Democrat out there for a good month – Senator Warren announced her presidential campaign on New Year’s Day. In the three weeks since then, tons of potential candidates have made a lot of noise about running, from Joe Biden to Julian Castro (he’s officially running) to Kirsten Gillibrand (she’s officially running too). But I was waiting for Kamala Harris to show up. And she has… on Martin Luther King Day!! YAS. She made the announcement on Good Morning America. Here’s one clip from her GMA interview:

She released her first campaign video shortly after that GMA interview:

I actually forget all the time that Kamala is like me, in that she’s half-Indian. Her mother is Indian, and her father is Jamaican. We stan the children of immigrants!! WOOP WOOP. Anyway, I’m looking forward to Senator Kamala Harris’s run. I know she’ll get sh-t for just about everything, especially since she’s a senator in her first term. You know who else was a mixed race first-term senator? Barack Obama. That’s what I love about Kamala announcing too – she was probably told by tons of political operatives and “Democratic elders” that she was too young or it was too soon for her. But f–k that. Run like a man.

U.S. Senator Harris listens during Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Kavanaugh nomination on Capitol Hill in Washington

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  1. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    I love Kamala. She’s so smart, and quite a fiery lawmaker.

    • Lorelei says:

      I LOVE HER!! The primaries are going to be as crowded as Grand Central Station so it’s way too early to know wh at will happen, but if I had to choose my favorite out of the people who have announced so far, she is it.

      I sincerely hope Biden doesn’t run. Just…no. I do think we need a white man on the ticket — I hate to say it but I don’t believe America is beyond that yet — but Joe is far too old and has way too much baggage. And he’s not…dynamic enough. We need fresh blood.

      I don’t dislike Gillibrand, but Kamala is *such* a badass. I was practically applauding when she was questioning Kavanaugh. If looks could kill…

    • Famika says:

      Love Her?
      With Her Yes.
      WithHer Yes Kamala.

  2. TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

    F-ck yes!
    Also, anyone catch Gillibrand and Tulsi Gabbard yesterday morning in interviews? I didn’t realize Gabbard had such a background of anti-LGBTQ+ behavior. I know people grow and change… but wowza.
    No candidate will be perfect, and it’s better to get it all out now instead of 2-3 weeks prior to the election, but… that one made me kind of sick.

    • Darla says:

      Yes I knew about Gabbard. She is a non-starter.

    • WingKingdom says:

      Are you all kidding? Gabbard was 17 years old, just saying what her parents were saying with that anti-gay stuff. Then she grew up and changed her opinions. It took me a number of years after leaving for college to unlearn some of the messages I grew up with.

      And one meeting with Assad means they are “cozy” and she’s a Russian puppet?

      You are doing the work of the patriarchy, ladies.

      • Darla says:

        Nope, all of this is false bot. She recently reiterated that she is personally anti-gay. And she has done nothing but make excuses for right wing dictators and authoritarians her whole life. She is a right winger, calls herself a dem to get elected in Hawaii. Though this run will expose her for good.

      • TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

        Wing, I grew up in a hyper right wing area, with racists and bigots all around me. I already knew by 17 that it was incredibly wrong to behave that way. I didn’t have to be told-I could see be hypocrisy in their claims to be “Christians” and yet still act that way. Not saying that growth and change can’t occur, or that her growth isn’t real, just that I don’t think her age or upbringing is enough of an excuse.
        I’m Kamala all the way. I love that woman.

      • Rescue Cat says:

        Yes. Tulsi is not anti-gay. She has a 100% pro-gay voting record. As for meeting with Assad she did that to see if she could facilitate a peaceful outcome in the region.

      • insertpunhere says:

        Does feminism mean we can’t criticize women now, because I did not sign up for that.

        I sympathize with the fact that she was only 17 years old, but she isn’t retracting her “yay conversion therapy” statements, which I’m not thrilled with. Also, she may vote pro-LGBTQ, and I’d vote for her over a Republican, but she’s still personally anti-LGBTQ. I don’t think it makes me a bad feminist to say I’m not voting for someone who still personally believes I should go to a doctor to cure me of my bisexuality because it is a flaw that needs to be cured.

        We’re still in the primaries. We can dislike candidates and argue against them. Given the number of women who are likely/already announced candidates, we’re not going to be able to vote for all of them anyway.

    • pantalones en fuego says:

      And Gillebrand was anti-immigration conveniently changing her views in the past year or so. Everyone else should just have a seat since Kamala Harris announced.

      • TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

        Yep. Although I found her responses on her growth and change more palatable-she acknowledged clearly that she had been wrong, etc.

    • Capt Mo says:

      I really like Kamala and voted for her (CA people hey!) but I have some concerns about her actions towards LGBT community and cozyness with the police state. I would vote for her, but I need to see some answers on her beliefs towards transgenders peoples’ needs regarding universal healthcare.

      • Lovebug says:

        The last thing you can accuse Harris for is being anti LGBT. She’s been a champion for the LGBT community in California for decades. She literally married same sex people in SF when people like Hillary and Bernie where still either against same sex marriage or on the fence and waiting for the tide to turn. She wrote pro LGBT laws and refused to defend Prop 8 as AG. Some people are trying to make it so that everyone is focused on that one case where her office argued prison shouldn’t pay for a transgender felons sex change operation but warren said the same and no one claims she’s anti LGBT. It’s ridiculous to claim she’s problematic on LGBT issues and incredibly false which in itself is dangerous to the LGBT community because there are tons of people running that never did shit for the community that aren’t receiving any criticism. This is Bernie bro spin don’t fall for that shit. Do your own research.

      • insertpunhere says:

        I’m familiar with her criminal justice issues (which happen to be a pet issue for me), but can you tell me more about her stance on LGBTQ issues? I hadn’t heard that was a problem for her before, and I’m still trying to decide who I’m backing in the primary.

  3. Lightpurple says:

    So happy

  4. Darla says:

    Kamala is my 1st choice and I am supporting her 100% from this day out.

  5. TheOriginalMia says:

    She has my support. And whoa be the candidate that starts some mess with her. Yes, I’m looking at Saint Bernard and his minions who’ve been doing the most to tarnish her in the eyes of black voters. Psst…this ain’t 2016. We see you.

    • Pandabird says:

      “Saint Bernard”, haha. I’m going to steal that. I can’t stand those Bernie bros. They’ve been out smearing anyone who isn’t him. Ugh!

  6. Reef says:

    lol, no thx. Can’t see myself voting for a cop. But Nov 2020 is a long way away.

    • Darla says:

      The Kamala is a cop meme. You will never know if you are seeing it in Russian or Berner. Just as in 2016, Bernie will come for the woman, and his little bros will attack, and the Russians will amplify them and create new attacks which the Berners will then in turn amplify. Because Bernie works with the Ruskies, and the Ruskies work with Bernie. Officially, unofficially, doesn’t matter. They do each other’s dirty work.

      Oh you’re a girl not a bro and you really really like Bernie and have your own mind and how dare I call you a bro? Sit down before I run your susan sarandon ass over, back up, and run it over again.

      This time, we are going to chase them all the way to hell and back.

      Let us begin.

      • Lala11_7 says:

        @Darla…I approve of your comment

      • BaronSamedi says:

        You tell ‘em @Darla!!

      • Reef says:

        I’m a bisexual Black woman from GA and I’m telling you I can’t see myself voting for a cop/prosecutor when there may be other options that won’t make me gag. Period. Just because somebody doesn’t like your lil’ candidate doesn’t mean they’re bots. I’ve also been pretty aware of where her whole schtick was going for years now and I’m not impressed.
        I don’t fool w/ Bernie either. So what else you got?

      • TheOriginalMia says:

        Well said, Darla! I’m not hearing that noise.

      • Aang says:

        Well that’s one way to try and convince people of the efficacy of your chosen candidate. Threaten to run them over…..

      • Darla says:

        Yeah we’re not bringing a water pistol to the gunfight this time.

      • KidV says:

        People should be paying attention to who the Bernie/Russia trolls are going after, that’s who they are afraid of, who they know will stand up to them.

        They started in on Kamala months ago.

        I’ve voted for her every chance I’ve had, I will be voting for her again.

      • BorderMollie says:

        There are many legit issues to have with Harris, no bots or bros required. She’s a corporate dem who’s consistently supported the prison and military industrial complexes during her time in office, plus her green credentials (crucial in a world facing climate disaster!) are pretty much non-existent. Let’s have a real argument about her positions and past decisions, and not just jump into calling people bots.

      • Cranpee says:

        @BorderMollie

        You’re absolutely right. Kamala is corporate dem.

        Funny how she has rose so quickly to national politics stage. As CA Attorney General she let Steve Menuchin off hook for countless Bank fraud foreclosures. Funny how she had loads of campaign $$ to run for US senator, and Menuchin gets to serve on Trump’s WH cabinet.

      • Lovebug says:

        I really dislike the way some of you just spew cliched black and white talking points from twitter with no fact checking. I don’t see much of a difference between this type of behaviour and right wingers who claim she wasn’t born in the US or is a radical leftist. You’re all so black and white and have a problematic relationship with facts.

        Fact is Harris sued oil and gas companies as AG, so to claim she has no green credentials is a big fat lie. She was endorsed by major environmental orgs when she ran for senate.
        Also this so called cooperate dem, refuses cooperate donations and rejected super pacs. How funny that on a day she launched her campaign and received 1.5 mill dollars in donations from small individual donors some of you are still trying to tarnish her with the whole cooperate shit.

    • Mich says:

      CB – you are going to have to be on guard for the influx of trolls/bots carrying this meme.

    • minx says:

      Well, if Trump is still around in 2020 you can vote for that treasonous, bloated, artery-clogged f*ckwit, because he’s not a cop. That’ll show them.

      • Reef says:

        There’s 7 Dem 2020 candidates right now that have exploratory committees to run for 2020 but my dislike of Harris is the red flag? lololololol Ya’ll are funny. I needed to stay awake this morning. Thanks guys!

      • Darla says:

        LOLLOLLOL yeah you will need to stay awake this time Reef. The hitjobs you guys did in 16 you could have done in your sleep because WE were caught sleeping. We are awake now and we’re not going to nap, sorry.

      • lucy2 says:

        Well said minx.

        No one will be the perfect candidate for everyone, but everyone has to remember the alternate. If you vote for Trump, or abstain from voting because the Dem nominee isn’t your ideal, you’re part of the problem. Learn from 2016.

    • me says:

      Oh, I didn’t know that about her. Thats cool. I can’t wait to learn more about her background and political opinions!

    • Juls says:

      Or maybe, just maybe, Kamala Harris is just as upset at the criminal (in)justice system as you are. So she decided to try to change it from the inside, instead of screaming at it from the outside.

    • aang says:

      Civil forfeitures, upholding the death penalty, three strikes, and using her power as AG to prevent sex reassignment surgeries for CA inmates. I’ll vote for her if she’s the nominee but I hope someone better emerges. Prosecutors will always be problematic because the system is problematic.

      • Embee says:

        Permitting sex reassignment while incarcerated is a really tough argument to get behind, IMO. I am willing to read/listen to why taxpayers should fund expensive, elective surgery for someone who is incarcerated, but I am a touch skeptical.

      • Aang says:

        Embee sex reassignment surgery is not elective. It is necessary for the mental and physical health of the trans person. In fact disassociation from ones body can lead to sucicide and may in fact be necessary for the inmate to reintegrate into society as a fully contributing member. Any surgery meant to alleviate pain such as back surgery for a non life threatening disc rupture or a non life threatening case of endometriosis could be considered elective. Would you argue those surgeries be denied because the pain is physical instead of emotional? Take the anti trans bs somewhere else. From the mom of a trans kid.

      • Ponchorella says:

        I can’t get behind taxpayers funding sex reassignment surgery for prisoners, sorry. I sure as hell am not anti trans in any way.

    • Jaded says:

      Calling Kamala Harris a cop is trivializing an incredibly smart, driven and hard-working woman Reef. She’s a graduate of Howard University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, was a breast cancer scientist who immigrated to the US from Madras in 1960. Her father, Donald Harris, is a Stanford University economics professor who emigrated from Jamaica in 1961 for graduate study in economics at University of California, Berkeley. In the 1990s, she worked in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the City Attorney of San Francisco’s office. In 2004, Harris was elected District Attorney of San Francisco.

      As San Francisco District Attorney, Harris created a special Hate Crimes Unit, focusing on hate crimes against LGBT children and teens in schools. She convened a national conference to confront the “gay-transgender panic defense”, which has been used to justify violent hate crimes. Harris supports same-sex marriage in California and opposed both Proposition 22 and Proposition 8.

      In 2004, The National Urban League honored Harris as a “Woman of Power”. In 2005, she received the Thurgood Marshall Award from the National Black Prosecutors Association. In her campaign for California Attorney General, she received the endorsements of numerous groups including EMILY’s List, California Legislative Black Caucus, Asian American Action Fund, Black Women Organized for Political Action, the National Women’s Political Caucus, Mexican American Bar Association, and South Asians for Opportunity. She’s had success after success in everything from housing reform to prison conditions and sentencing reform.

      To call her a mere “cop/prosecutor” invalidates everything she’s done. I would have thought you’d stand up for a woman that accomplished. I’m Canadian and if I could vote for her I would.

      • Capt Mo says:

        @Jaded, thanks for providing some clarification on Kamala Harris, something to consider for those of us on the fence.

      • Reef says:

        So her family is really well educated and she’s the Feds? Ok. Those awards show that’s she’s A REALLY REALLY FANTASTIC cop. That’s not a plus for me. Though nice to hear about the LGBT kids task force if true.
        Listen, I get it. She’s smooth and puts on stunts and shows during those Senate hearings that get people all aflutter. It’s gonna be a really long year of listening to women, especially Black women I respect and love dearly tell me how amazing she is (as is literally happening as I’m typing this, lol).
        But can we not assign her as the ONE on day one. I mean Goddamn. Can we look at every candidate’s policies, record, and potential to beat 45 w/ clear eyes? I don’t need a perfect candidate. I just don’t want to gag when I vote. At least for the primary.

      • Lovebug says:

        Shes a lawyer, with a degree in economics. Not sure why you keep calling her a cop? It’s insulting.
        Also are we against black people as AGs now? Keith Ellison is he also disqualified because he’s an AG? There’s a pretty convincing argument that we need more black people as DAs and AGs not less if we are to change anything..
        One person can’t change

    • Capt Mo says:

      I feel ya Reef, the police state has been a cancer in our society.

      • AnneC says:

        Who do you like Reef? Every candidate is going to have something that bothers people. The constant search for perfection and the badmouthing of HRC gave us trump, an administration that is setting us back years. Primaries will decide who will be our nominee. Democratic voters better be strong and united after the convention, to help end this nightmare in Washington. And no third party candidate helping derail the dems.

      • PPP says:

        AnneC: HEAR HEAR. That being said, it is fine to criticize– yes, Democrats are constantly bickering and our lack of unity costs us elections. However, that is the nature of the beast. The Democratic party contains multitudes of diverse cultures and attitudes; the Republican part can unite because they’re all white. See, it even rhymes. We bicker, we disagree: but we TALK to each other and engage in rational democratic deliberation. Frustrating as it is to worry if our commitment to deliberation might undermine a good candidate’s chances is, THIS is what democracy looks like. It doesn’t look like everyone shutting up about issues they have in order to unite– in fact that is antithetical to democracy, and why the Reublican party has no soul. I for one am grateful to have been tipped off on this aspect of her politics. Just means I’ll look into it more.

  7. Bebe says:

    So wonderful. Kamala doesn’t play. Love her.

  8. Esmom says:

    Great news. She is amazing and I would be overjoyed to have her as POTUS . I worry about how she’ll withstand the right wing smear machine, but I guess I worry about that with any Dem.

    • Darla says:

      You mean the right wing AND the left wing smear machine, cause the Berners are coming for her. Along with their BFFs, the Ruskies.

      • Steff says:

        I don’t think Kamala has much dirt on her since she’s relatively new, but she’s a woman of color so you are absolutely right that Bernouts are going to dislike her. They dislike women for merely existing.

      • Esmom says:

        Yes, Darla, I hear you. I cannot imagine repeating the cluster%^& that was 2016 but it seems inevitable.

      • Cranpee says:

        Berners dislike women? you guys have really fallen for a load of BS

    • Adorable says:

      The hit pieces have already started,She’s A tough cookie she’ll go far.

    • Booradley says:

      As much as this news delights me, as I’ve loved everything I’ve learned about her the last few years. She is not the kind of candidate to bridge the gap, unfortunately. The fence sitters who voted for trump for economic reasons, and ignored the rest, are still DL racists whether they admit or not, and a woman, both black and Indian, is not gonna get them to switch their vote. Sadly :(

  9. minx says:

    Love her.

  10. OriginalLala says:

    Yes!!!

  11. Turtlelamb says:

    I love to hear women screaming praise of a woman directly responsible for the disappearances and deaths of many sex workers since her war on Backpage ended in FOSTA.

    People will really Back candidates who will sign their death warrant on the basis of their sex or gender.

    Remember: sex workers are the canaries in the coal mine. A war on sex workers is a war on women and the average woman will not realize that until it’s far too late

    • BaronSamedi says:

      Show us what the white men in power have done to protect these women or sit down and shut up.

    • Div says:

      Backpage was literally advertising sex slaves, and I don’t understand why some people who advocate for sex workers keep I’ll defend Kamala for her crusade against Backpage.

      • Turtlelamb says:

        The reason sex workers and sex worker supporters keep reminding you all that this was bad legislation is because of all of the non-victims and women working of their own volition railroaded into poverty, suicide and other deaths because Kamala Harris And company refused to listen to the points of everyone including the Justice Department which called FOSTA bad law.

        Where do you think all of those sex slaves went by the way? They’re still enslaved and being sold on Plenty of Fish or on the street now.

        But again the general population will learn what it means for everyone in coming years when the government takes broad measures which are largely ineffective and creating punitive collateral damage of innocent bystanders.

        Kamala Harris does not and did not care about the victims of sex trafficking – she cared about bolstering her resume with the people who will listen to “sex trafficking” stories and refuse to acknowledge legitimate sex work business conflating it as all one in the same.

        You continue to support Kamala, I’ll do everything in my power to see she is defeated. I see right through her as do most people aware of her actual politics.

    • Lala11_7 says:

      So…you’re gonna leave out how Backpages/Craigslist was also A HORROR HAVEN for sex trafficking…..and before you come for me…YES…those venues were SAFER…opportunities for sex workers to make their money…and it was ALSO an EASIER way for women/young girls…OR CHILDREN to be exploited like nobody’s business…So on THAT NOTE…Kamala was doing the JOB that she was paid to do…to PROTECT INNOCENTS

      And again…yes, it was SAFER for sex workers to use those two avenues…but I already KNOW of other internet avenues that Grown folks used that work in the “life” to handle their business like they did with BP & Craig’s List…and with a little time…those avenues will be JUST as publicized as BP & Craig’s List were too…

    • Lorelei says:

      @Turtlelamb: No one is saying Kamala is perfect. No one is, and definitely no politicians are. But her positions have evolved over the years so maybe let’s wait to hear more from her before crucifying her for policies from more than a decade ago?

      Obama made quite a few mistakes during his presidency but I bet you’d take him back in an instant! When he entered office, he was not yet for equal rights for LGBTQ citizens, but time passed and he learned the error of his ways and changed his position. He’s human. It happens.

      Remember, things were different back then — there simply was not the societal awareness of the rights of sex workers that there is now, in 2019. I don’t believe Kamala is an inherently cruel and malicious person (like Trump certainly is), I believe she was probably doing the best she could, and what she thought at the time was right, in a difficult situation. And she very well might have regrets and handle it differently now.

      Warren, Biden and Gillibrand all have strikes against them too. We cannot allow the perfect to become the enemy of the good. Because no one is perfect and we just need to get the most electable person up there.

      Democrats need to run someone who will kick Trump’s ASS and any of these candidates, including Harris, would be a million percent better than the sh!tshow we have running the country now.

    • FredsMother says:

      Y’all are too polite to these bots No politeness and niceties for heathens.Ms. Kamala with the “Strong Jamaican Backbone” for President!! Hell, any woman with a backbone that’s a dem for President. Tell the bots to F@ck right off back to Trumpville. How’s that for #sitdownandshutup @Turtlelamb !!!

    • BeanieBean says:

      “Screaming”?

  12. Lala11_7 says:

    Kamala is the one that Hillary took to see her “people” after the election was stolen from her.

    That is ALL I need to know…so I don’t have to look any further for who will get my time…and my dimes for the next several months….

    • Lovebug says:

      I don’t think she was the only one. Booker, warren and gillibrand and others have all been connected to the Clinton circle. This story was widely spread but actually those people said they never met her before and wanted to meet her after her impressing them in Session hearings. Harris real connection is to Obama, they been friends since they were young and it’s going to be interesting to see who Obama supports if Biden also runs.

  13. Adorable says:

    OMG,Just the thought of her debating trump is just delicious!

  14. Div says:

    I like Kamala and I seriously think it will come down to her, Brown, and Klobuchar. And before anyone goes in on her D.A. record (cause some folks keep bringing it up), look up the context and go beyond the surface articles—it’s not ideal imo (no one is), but a lot, not all but a lot, of the problems aren’t anywhere near as bad as they were first presented. For every time someone brings up not going after Mnuchin, people forget to bring up that it was a recommended civil charge (not serious and arguably not worth pursuing) and she also won 25 billion for victims of predatory lenders (which I think was the largest settlement of all time for that kind of situation).

    I think she has win two ways to try and win: the entire Southwest and hope MI flips back to bue, or pick a PA running mate and hope that flips PA and that the restored voting rights bring back FL.

    And honestly, the folks who keep going Kamala is a cop I think are kind of out of touch with America in general. That sort of thing, which may be an issue for the Bernie hard lefters, will play well in the general when they compare her as a “law and order” woman to “criminal” Trump. And as a Black woman, I know we will come out hard for her in waves-specially the AKAs.

    • Kelly says:

      I like that Amy Klobuchar is mentioned here. She won reelection by a good majority in Minnesota, with good numbers in more conservative rural areas. She’s also a former DA and prosecutor in Hennepin County, the largest county in Minnesota where Minneapolis is located. A candidate that does that well in a state that’s not very friendly toward Democrats outside of urban areas is one thing the Democrats need.

      I really think that Klobuchar and Brown won’t be the only Midwesterners in the mix. Both Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Tammi Duckworth of Illinois would be good choices. Duckworth is a decorated Iraq vet who has criticized Trump for his draft dodging during Vietnam, calling his Cadet Bone Spurs. Baldwin’s focus has been on creating and keeping jobs in the US. She did well statewide in November, including winning in conservative areas like Green Bay.

  15. Jessica says:

    She’s my candidate and strong favorite but I would vote for most of the field except Gabbard.

  16. Mich says:

    1. I will pound the pavement knocking on doors for this woman. So excited she has officially announced!
    2. I won’t be spending any time on DKos if it doesn’t get ahead of the troll/bot smear campaign against her. 2016 was a complete dystopian nightmare over there.

  17. Leslie says:

    I’m so excited!! She’s my candidate. I was also holding out for her and I’m glad I did. We need her. Yay!

  18. Helen says:

    i don’t know… she’s charming but it’s going to take a hard ass to knock down dump. the whole democratic crop so far is too meek. he will ruthlessly trample all over them.

    i’m trying to think of anyone who’s enough of a hard ass, but no one is coming to mind…

    • Darla says:

      Well he’s a mafia thug surrounded by other mafia thugs. We aren’t going to nominate a mafiosa to play on his field. He’ll just beat us with experience there. There is another way.

    • Mich says:

      You clearly don’t know much about Kamala Harris. “Weak” is hardly a word I would use to describe her.

      • lucy2 says:

        Yeah, I think she’s the hardest hard ass of the group so far. I don’t know a ton about her, but the little I’ve seen has been impressive.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Weak women don’t usually get to be attorneys general.

      • Helen says:

        i didn’t say weak, *meek*. and even when i say meek, it’s this particular context – relative to dump. it’s going to take a rottweiler to get him.

      • Helen says:

        tbh.. the one person with the temperament to demolish him (and shut those MAGA chumps into submission) that comes to mind is cardi b lmao

      • FredsMother says:

        Jamaicans don’t spawn meek or weak, let me tell you. I take one look at Kamala’s face and I see my grandmother, aunts, uncles, brothers. So much determination and will-power. So much inner strength. So much dignity. Plus I do not discount the Indian blood, the minority-raised-in-America blood. That’s some serious represetation America’s got in her. She will not take -ish off of Trump and Co. She can do it.

  19. Harryg says:

    Yes!

  20. Eric says:

    Just FYI, Harris is no newb. Former DA in SF (2004-10) and former Attorney General of CA (2011-17).

    She is really smart, she’s sharp, and she speaks truth to power with her words. She also likes to battle, and often slays, preppy white boys like Kavanaugh, Sessions, and Barr.

    Watch out!

  21. Cate says:

    I am so here for Kamala. All I have to say is Yaaasssssss!

  22. adastraperaspera says:

    I think the Dem debates will be amazing for both visibility and education of the public about serious issues of governing. If Kamala offers the kind of insight she does in Senate hearings, then she will be of great help to our country. We desperately need a strong Dem platform, with new policies to enforce the rule of law and eradicate dark money in politics. (If you haven’t had a chance, go to CSPAN and watch her questioning the likes of Kirstjen Neilsen, Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Zuckerberg. Her prosecutorial skills are ninja-level.)

  23. Penny says:

    She’s the real deal, I’ve gone to her Attorney General and Senator fund raisers because my best friend worked for her and was her campaign manager…she would make a fantastic president because she’s smart, fair and likable. She’s also a charismatic speaker!

  24. Busyann says:

    Hubs and I talk about this all of the time. Who will run and who we will throw our support behind. I really like Beto O-Rouke (I’m a Texas native), Biden, Harris, Klobuchar, and even though it is a slim chance, I would love it if Michelle Obama ran. My dream tickets would be Biden and O’Rouke, Harris and O’Rouke, or Harris and Klobuchar but I doubt it will be a two woman ticket. Regardless, I think this will be interesting and the candidate will already be more qualified than what we have now.

  25. lucy2 says:

    Just want to add the comment that is is super exciting to see so many women running, including women of color, and that it doesn’t seem unusual.
    I’m looking forward to learning more about all of them, making my choice for the strongest nominee, and then voting and campaigning for WHOEVER gets the Dem nomination, whether I ‘like” them or not, because my God, do we need to get Trump out of office (and into jail).

  26. PPP says:

    Real Question: How do you volunteer for Kamala Harris from really far away?

  27. Themummy says:

    I am SO here for this.

  28. RedWeatherTiger says:

    I am totally on board for Kamala 2020. She has the goods to win and to be a great president.

    However, I too will support with my whole self whomever gets the democratic nomination.

  29. PhillyGal says:

    I love Kamala – I just wonder, given the horrendous times we are living in, whether she can get enough Independents, disenchanted former Republicans, and more moderate Democrats to support her. My priority is to get a Democrat in the White House, period.

    • Famika says:

      Trump did not win legitimately. Nothing will ever convince me he was…IMO, there was shenanigans done with certain States.
      The press doesn’t talk about and never will fully talk about votes that went missing in ethnic precincts, in several key states.

  30. Dee Kay says:

    Harris/Booker or Booker/Harris would be my dream ticket but I dare not dream of two African Americans on the same ticket in this country at this time. While I would love it to be Harris, I know that whoever the Democrat nominee is, they will get my vote. In elections past, I have voted third party when I disagreed with the Dem nominee, but no more. Not this time. Uh-uh. It’s the Dem all the way, 100%, no matter who it is. But, you know, I hope it’s Harris, in the #1 or #2 slot!!!

  31. PlayItAgain says:

    Love her! She’s tough AND a Democrat. The two things are not mutually exclusive.
    She can run rings around Cheetolini everyday and twice on Sundays.

  32. Summer says:

    I’m so glad, I find her a stronger candidate than the others. But it’s great all these women are running!

  33. Kelly says:

    She has no chance of beating Trump. The Democrats need someone close to the center who can pull those from the Republican Party who are wavering. Biden could do it. Harris cannot.

    • Juls says:

      Sorry but I have to disagree about Biden bringing voters over from the right. The main argument against him will be “4 years of Biden will be 4 more years of Obama policies” and that will be very effective in defeating him. Remember, Trump is the backlash against Obama. Biden is tainted in Republican’s eyes because of his close ties to Obama. They will shout this message from the rooftops, and any Republicans that are wavering will shy away from him. We need fresh, new ideas from lesser-knowns. I think a ticket with O’Rourke/Harris is the way to go.

    • Famika says:

      White women voted in greater numbers for Bush
      White women voted in greater numbers Romney,. Obama did NOT win the white women vote.
      White women voted in greater numbers for Trump

      One group Democrats CAN NOT depend on is white women for enough votes to win a Presidential election. Because no matter what white women say , they still end up voting in greater numbers for the Republican Candidate.

      Obama did not win the vote from white women over Romney
      Hillary did not win the vote from white women over Trump

      It is African American women and POC who are the most loyal, steadfast group of voters, For Democrats.
      All the Democrats need to do is get more Democratic voters out who sat out last election.

      And not listen to the dividers who pretend to be Democrats but aren’t!

      • Mag says:

        But non Hispanic whites make up 61 percent of the population. We’re talking about millions and millions of white women in this country. The Democrats need to win a lot of them, even if it’s not a majority.

  34. Marg says:

    Ok she’s smart, tough, has relevant experience and integrity. Credible candidate imho.

    Read a headline today saying that Gillibrand is running as a “young mom”. She’s 52. 🤔

  35. B n A fan says:

    Imo it’s to early to decide on one candidate for president. History says the early front runner is never the candidate. Don the Con was a front runner and won because he lied, cheated and conned his way to the presence. I hope the voters will take time to check out the last five candidates in the field before deciding, jmo.

  36. Wood Dragon says:

    Give our next Democratic president a Democratic-dominated Congress and watch the change happen.

  37. Lovebug says:

    She had 40k likes on her announcement tweet after 5 hours, warren has 17k after almost a month, Gabbard has 3 k and gillibrand only 1. I definitely think she will be a force to reckon with.

    Also she is going to reject super PACs.
    “Unlike Booker though, Harris will say no to dark money. Multiple outlets report that she plans on rejecting assistance from super PACs as well as corporate dollars.”

  38. Raina says:

    I really like Harris but we’re fuck’d. Too many names in a hat. Not enough followers for each. Change isn’t overnight.
    The Repugnants will throw a few people in the mix and back them with EVERYTHING they have. We have too many cooks in the kitchen.
    We divide; they conquer. Again. No progress, just ego.
    This was a time to come together as a party, not just hate Trump enough where everyone wants to run.
    Believe me, I get it. I want him and his OUT. But this many people running are confusing and I keep cautioning that we NEED to choose wisely. I have
    I’m sorry, but I have PTSD from Trump winning and praying we all do it differently this time. To go from an Orange white sociopath to an African American female may be too much for the average joe. We need to realize: Do we want to win, or do we want to be right. Sadly!! (Stole that from Trump) it’s not always both.
    I think the immediate transition should be less confronting as the people on tbe fence, the merely moderate racist rednecks, could handle that better.
    The idealistic old me hates what I’m writing.
    The realistic me understands why I’m writing it.
    God help us if a change doesn’t happen and, for now, I’ll take what I can get.

    • Mami says:

      I’m going to say this over and over and over. This is life or death but there’s only one way out of this crisis: vote your conscience. Just choose the best candidate you can and do the right thing, don’t over-strategize and support someone because of “electability” or because of fear. That’s what the Republicans have done by getting behind Trump– they figured, “It doesn’t matter that he’s evil, we’ll advance our agenda,” or they fear the base. And here we are. If a candidate mostly supports policies that you agree with, don’t get persuaded that others’ adamant priorities and insistence that they will never be acceptable to them mean you should share them. We live in a world where small numbers and robots have outsize influence. Vote your conscience.

      • Raina says:

        I hear you…BUT MANY of people I know voted their conscience. Jill. Stein. Bad idea.

        Nope. Vote what wins.
        I want to add…as I myself have said this particular thing over and over: At this point, we need someone with a Republicans balls and a Democrats heart.

        I’m done being nice. Aren’t you

    • MeghanNotMarkle says:

      Raina, I’ve been saying this since 2016. The GOP might be terrible but they are loyal. The Dems eat each other alive and won’t hesitate to throw one another under the bus. This start to the 2020 election cycle is already a cluttered mess with people fighting. The GOP isn’t gonna have that problem and we’ll be stuck with 45 for another 4 years. Calling it now and it makes me sick. I would love nothing more than to be wrong but so far nothing on the left has changed.

      • Raina says:

        Yep. The GOP want to win at any cost. Party above country. No integrity. Zero honor.
        It makes me sick, too, that their loyalty is only to win and that needs to be what Dems do. They won’t.
        And it’s indeed a mess.
        They will get eaten alive if we get someone who goes high while they go low. Proven time and time again.
        Pick a strong candidate and back the shit out of them. Come together.
        I won’t survive another Trump.

  39. Cranpee says:

    I’ll only vote for candidate that will Fight for singer payer healthcare. Corporate Dem Harris falls very short on that fight.

  40. No Way says:

    She screwed over my friend by passing on his case despite it being a clear case of racially charged police brutality, where they were fabricating evidence against him to justify said brutality. They conveniently failed to get ANY names or info from ANY witnesses, including the person he had a minor altercation with that resulted in 6 police beating him half to death, literally. It was blatantly obvious what was happening. They only brought charges against him after he pressed charges – prior to this, they’d simply written him a ticket. After beating him to pulp. He still has frequent nightmares of them screaming at him to ‘stop resisting’ as all six obscured him from sight and beat him nearly unconscious.

    Now, why did they only write him a ticket, that night, and let him go home with his head the size of a beach ball, if he was so unruly as to justify that kind of brutality? only to then slap him with a ton of insane charges as soon as he presses charges against them? Why did they speak to no witnesses, not even so much as get the name of the person he’d had the minor altercation with? How could they possibly justify a ticket for this new fabricated report they based these charges on, suddenly? What kind of judge wouldnt ask themselves these questions? This was shortly before the Ferguson and Baltimore riots. If she was at all who she presents herself to be, why on EARTH would this case reach her desk, would she have access to all if this information, from both sides, in the climate just before black lives matter took off, and think … nah, think I’ll pass?

    As for him, he suffers from debilitating PTSD to this day and has absolutely zero faith in his system – and she’s a major reason why. Its extremely heartbreaking.

    Shes a complicit puppet of the police state and its heartbreaking to watch well meaning Liberals rally behind her. I believe every single similar account I’ve read online about her, because I’ve witnessed it myself and like, no matter how many rush to jer de fe ne and sarge but, but but- these people are NOT lying, and they matter. THEY MATTER. The thought of her as president gives me chills. She will NEVER have my vote.

    • Cranpee says:

      Sorry about your friend. That terrible. I don’t trust her myself. I’ll vote for her over a republican, but that’s about it. She took the easy way when she was CA AG so she could graduate to senator without too many powerful enemies and $$ rewards for judicial inaction.

      Medicare for all doesn’t seem to be a priority of hers, just a talking point. She’s not committed to it or willing to seriously take on the epic fight against corporate America and big pharma. She worries me greatly. She’s not the political worrier people trying to make her out to be. She’s just very savvy and carries herself as strong speaker, but she really hasn’t gone out on any limb. It’s all show.

  41. Patty says:

    I’m opposed to Medicare for all. Because those with money will continue to buy private insurance and already more and more doctors are refusing to accept Medicare. There are some serious issues with healthcare in this country but Medicare for all really is not the answer.

    Sadly, I too think Trump will likely get re-elected barring impeachment or death. Makes my head hurt but…..