Recollecting the fighting spirit of her Indian mother, Shyamala Gopalan, who migrated to the USA from Tamil Nadu for studies, Harris told a cheering crowd in her hometown of Oakland, California, that this was not going to be an easy election pitted against an incumbent like Trump.
Recollecting the fighting spirit of her Indian mother, Shyamala Gopalan, who migrated to the United States from Tamil Nadu for studies, Harris told a cheering crowd in her hometown of Oakland, California, that this was not going to be an easy election pitted against an incumbent like Trump.
Following the Great Recession, Harris said one point, "we went after the five biggest banks in the United States, we won $20 billion for California homeowners, and together, we passed the strongest anti-foreclosure law in the United States of America". Answering herself, she said, "We are better than this". "Russian Federation not only attacked one of our most sacred democratic values, which is a free and fair election, but also, I believe, our very American identity", Harris said during a Senate intelligence committee hearing in August.
Harris framed her campaign as a response to President Donald Trump, highlighting how he has divided the country and attempting to make the case that she would unite it. "I want someone who puts their money where their mouth is", Brueckner said.
So far four women have entered the race.
Skipping the formality of forming an exploratory committee, instead going all in on a presidential bid, Harris joins what is expected to be a wide-open race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Harris, who was elected to the Senate in 2016, started her political career as a prosecutor in Oakland before becoming San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general.
Campus sophomore Tooba Wasi came to the rally to hear Harris's speech about the platforms she's running on. ". I am running to declare, once and for all, that health care is a fundamental right, and to deliver that right with 'Medicare for All.' To declare education is a fundamental right, and we will guarantee that right with universal pre-K and debt-free college".
Harris will work to keep her momentum going on Monday as she travels to Iowa for a townhall hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper. But the California senator also told her supporters to "speak the truth" about the troubles that face Americans.
"When we have children in cages, crying for their mothers and fathers, don't you dare call that border security, that's human rights abuse", Harris said. "They are age-old forms of hate with new fuel".
"Under this administration, American's position in the world has never been weaker" with "foreign powers infecting the Whitehouse like malware", she said to cheers from the crowd.
"I say to you my friends, these are not ordinary times, and this will not be an ordinary election". We can reclaim the American dream for every single person in our country. "Too many black and brown Americans are being locked up".
While Harris personally opposes the death penalty, she defended it as California's attorney general in 2014. Another reporter noted that they tried to count how many news cameras were at the rally, but they had to stop counting at 80 because there were too many to count. "We need to speak that truth so we can deal with it".
On Sunday, she said she has long known the criminal justice system to be "deeply flawed" but that she also knew the "profound impact law enforcement has on people's lives and its responsibility to give them safety and dignity".
In one of her sharpest attacks on Trump's perceived coziness with Russian Federation, she decried a time, "When we have foreign powers infecting the White House like malware".