Kamala Harris announces on MLK Day she'll run for president

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The 2016 presidential election came down to about 80,000 votes in three states - Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and MI.

In a brief video from her campaign that was released on social media Monday morning at the same time she appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," Harris called on her supporters to join with her to "claim our future".

Dean Smith, a former classmate of Kamala Harris's at Westmount High School, says he can see the influence the city had on Harris through her politics. "And I couldn't fire my clients".

Will thread info on Harris' announcement here, including staff hires and background info. Kamala Harris traveled to New Hampshire as she was preparing to launch her presidential campaign.

"How do I describe myself - I describe myself as a proud American", she told reporters at a kickoff press conference at Howard University, her alma mater. However, Harris has recently received criticism for some of her stances as a prosecutor. "And I take full responsibility for what my office did".

During an emotional exchange between Harris and Professor Christine Blasey Ford, Harris said she believed Ford and praised her courage for coming forward.

In 2015, trans inmates Shiloh Quine and Michelle-Lael Norsworthy were prescribed gender confirmation surgery, only for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to refuse to cooperate, The Washington Blade has reported. "They want a paycheck", Harris said of the federal workers foregoing pay. "And it's about time we have a better understanding of that". Day to launch her candidacy, and did so by evoking parallels with the groundbreaking 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress.

Last week, a widely-circulated New York Times op-ed written by Lara Bazelon, a law professor and the former director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent in Los Angeles, argued that Harris can not be considered a "progressive prosecutor" given her record as attorney general in California.

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She said the White House prevented the FBI from investigating critical aspects of the allegations or interviewing key witnesses.

On Monday she also responded to questions about her decision to defend California's choice to deny sexual reassignment surgery to a trans inmate. We know that we've not yet reached those ideals.

Harris supported legislation that passed the Senate past year that overhauled the criminal justice system, particularly when it comes to sentencing rules.

"Truth. Justice. Decency. Equality".

In fact, Kamala Harris is just another all-talk, no-action politician peddling the same lies Democrats have been telling the black community for years. "They're the values we as Americans cherish and they're all on the line now".

"I am running for president of the United States". During Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, she served as a surrogate speaker, and was even then considered a rising figure within the party.

Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf says Harris has an edge on those who have entered the race so far. Cory Booker and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro formally declared a presidential run last week, as well, and several other Democrats have announced or indicated they'll run, too.

While some of the other potential 2020 contenders like former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Independent Sen.