Kamala Harris 2020 presidential campaign

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Kamala Harris For The People
Kamala Harris 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg
Campaign2020 United States presidential election (Democratic Party primaries)
CandidateKamala Harris
AffiliationDemocratic Party
StatusAnnounced: January 21, 2019
Formal launch: January 27, 2019
HeadquartersBaltimore, Maryland
Oakland, California
(West Coast)
Key people
  • Maya Harris (campaign chair)[1]
    Juan Rodriguez (campaign manager)[1]
    Lily Adams (national communications director)[1]
    Ian Sams (national press secretary)[1]
    Marc Elias (general counsel)[1]
    Angelique Cannon (national finance director)[1]
    Sean Clegg (senior advisor)[1]
    Laphonza Butler (senior advisor)[1]
    Averell Smith (senior advisor)[1]
    David Huynh (senior advisor)[1]
    David Binder (pollster)[1]
SloganFor The People

The 2020 presidential campaign of Kamala Harris, the junior United States Senator from California, officially began on January 21, 2019.[2] Harris had been discussed since 2016 as a potential top contender and frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.[3][4][5][6][7]


Following the election of Donald Trump in 2016, Harris was named as part of the "Hell-No Caucus" by Politico in 2018, along with Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, given she voted "overwhelmingly to thwart his [Trump's] nominees for administration jobs", such as with Rex Tillerson, Betsy DeVos and Mike Pompeo; all of the Senators in this group were considered potential 2020 presidential contenders at this point in time.[8] Prior to announcing her candidacy, she had publicly stated that she is "not ruling it out".[9] In December 2018, Harris announced that she planned on considering whether to run for president "over the holiday."[10][11][12] The following month, it was confirmed that Harris was expected to make an official announcement around Martin Luther King Jr. Day regarding the 2020 election.[13]

Harris was the sixth office-holding Democrat to formally announce a campaign in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, joining Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, former Maryland Congressman John Delaney, former West Virginia State Senator Richard Ojeda, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.[14]



On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019, January 21, Harris announced on Good Morning America that she would be seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Campaign headquarters will be in Baltimore, Maryland, with a second office in Oakland, California.[1]

Within 24 hours of the announcement, her campaign received over $1.5 million in small donor donations from all 50 states.[15][16][17][18] This record amount ties with the one set by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2016 election.[19]

An overflow crowd of over 20,000 people attended her formal campaign kickoff event at Frank Ogawa Plaza in her hometown of Oakland, California, on January 27.[20][21] Numerous commentators noted that there were more attendees at Harris's kickoff event than Barack Obama's first presidential campaign kickoff in Springfield, Illinois, in 2007.[22]

Early campaigning[edit]

On January 28, a day after her official kickoff, Harris received the endorsement of Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33), a fellow Californian and co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.[23] That same day, Harris introduced herself as a 2020 presidential candidate in a CNN town hall at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.[24]

On February 7, Harris unveiled endorsements from three-quarters of the Democratic delegation in the California State Senate.[25]

Historical significance[edit]

A Shirley Chisholm button, whose typography Harris paid tribute to in her campaign.

Harris is the third African-American woman to seek the Democratic nomination for president, the first two being U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm in 1972 and U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun in 2004 (the latter of whom is also the only other black woman to have ever served in the U.S. Senate).[26] Harris launched her presidential campaign forty-seven years to the day after Chisholm's presidential campaign.[27] Harris paid homage to Chisholm's campaign by using a similar color scheme and typography in her own campaign's promotional materials and logo.[28] That red-and-yellow design could be seen in a video announcing Harris's run for president.[28]

  • If nominated, Harris would be the second consecutive/overall Democratic female nominee (after Hillary Clinton)[29], the second African-American nominee (after Obama), the first Asian-American nominee, and the first nominee to come from Oakland.
  • If elected, Harris would be the second consecutive Democratic president to be elected as a freshman U.S. Senator (after Obama), the second African-American president (after Obama), the first Asian-American president, the first president to have previously served as a state Attorney General, the third president from California (after Nixon and Reagan), the 27th president to be a lawyer by profession, the first president to have been part of a sorority, and the first woman to become president. This would also result in her husband, Douglass Emhouff, becoming the inaugural First Gentleman of the United States. Since her husband is white, they would become the first interracial family in the White House.

Political positions[edit]


Harris supports tougher legislation and action to prevent gun violence.[30] For example, she supports universal background checks for people looking to purchase firearms and a ban on "assault weapons."[31]

Harris supports legalizing recreational marijuana at the federal level. During an interview on The Breakfast Club in February 2019, she strongly affirmed her support for recreational cannabis, saying that "it gives a lot of people joy." At the same time, she called for more research into marijuana's potentially harmful effects on the brain and for regulation that would restrict driving while under the influence of the drug.[32]


Harris claims to support the idea of a tax plan that would lower taxes on the middle class while raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. She has criticized the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and says that she would fund her own tax bill by repealing parts of the TCJA.[33]

Harris supports raising the hourly minimum wage to $15.[34]


During her time as San Francisco District Attorney, Harris created the Environmental Justice Unit in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office[35] and prosecuted several industries and individuals for pollution, most notably U-Haul, Alameda Publishing Corporation, and the Cosco Busan oil spill. She also advocated for strong enforcement of environmental protection laws.[36]

In September 2018, Harris was one of eight senators to sponsor the Climate Risk Disclosure Act, a bill described by cosponsor Elizabeth Warren as using "market forces to speed up the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energy — reducing the odds of an environmental and financial disaster without spending a dime of taxpayer money."[37]

In her campaign, Harris supports a "Green New Deal", an idea popularized by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.[38]

Health care[edit]

Harris supports a universal health care system based on the existing Medicare program, which would eventually cover all Americans.[39] Harris has also called for a total end to private health insurance.[40]


Harris is opposed to constructing a wall along the border with Mexico, as proposed by President Trump. She also claims that she will protect DACA recipients from deportation.[41]


List of political endorsements
U.S. Executive Branch officials
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Statewide officeholders
State legislators
Local officials


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  23. ^ Lieu, Ted (January 28, 2019). "I endorse @KamalaHarris for President. Known Kamala for many years & worked together on various issues. She embraces the future, not the past, and is the person we need to move America forward. Watch the #HarrisTownHall tonight at 7 pm PT / 10 pm ET to learn more about Kamala.https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1089840509869264896 …". @tedlieu. Retrieved January 28, 2019. External link in |title= (help)
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  30. ^ Kamala Harris [@@KamalaHarris] (January 29, 2019). "Enough is enough. We cannot wait for the next tragedy to act on gun violence" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  31. ^ Stanley-Becker, Isaac (January 29, 2019). "Kamala Harris: Gun control requires 'a locked room' with 'autopsy photographs of those babies'". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
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  39. ^ "Harris backs 'Medicare-for-all' and eliminating private insurance as we know it". CNN. January 29, 2019.
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  45. ^ Katie Hill [@KatieHill4CA] (January 29, 2019). "Proud to announce my full support of @KamalaHarris for President. She has the vision, strength and values to move our nation forward and I look forward to continuing our work together to put the American people first. #ForThePeople" (Tweet). Retrieved February 8, 2019 – via Twitter.
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  61. ^ Perrette, Pauley [@PauleyP] (January 21, 2019). "I've known @KamalaHarris for over a decade. She's brilliant. I've been begging her to run. She'd be a great president. Proud of my friend. #Kamala2020" (Tweet). Retrieved January 27, 2019 – via Twitter.
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