The California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris on Monday announced her presidential campaign for 2020.
“I am running for president of the United States,” she said on ABC’s Good Morning America. “And I’m very excited about it.”
Shortly after her appearance at the show, her campaign was released on social media.
“Justice. Decency. Equality. Freedom. Democracy. These aren’t just words. They’re the values we as Americans cherish. And they’re all on the line now,” Harris says in her campaign video. “The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values.”
Kamala Harris, 54, daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, is the first African-American woman to announce her candidature for presidency. She is the fourth woman, following fellow senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard into the contest.
Harris has stepped into an already crowded field of hopefuls, including former Maryland Rep. John Delaney and former housing secretary Juilán Castro. Several other names that are likely to join the crowd are Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
Kamala Harris, the first-term California senator, has served two terms as California’s attorney general prior to joining the Senate in 2016.
Harris announced her candidacy on Martin Luther King Jr Day. Talking about Martin Luther King Jr as her inspiration, she said, “The thing about Dr. King that always inspires me is that he was aspirational. He was aspirational like our country is aspirational. We know that we’ve not yet reached those ideals. But our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals.”
“So today, the day we celebrate Dr. King, is a very special day for all of us as Americans and I’m honored to be able to make my announcement on the day that we commemorate him.”