Democrat Kamala Harris announces presidential run

The Senator previously served as California's attorney general, a role many think will lend credibility to her campaign. John Delaney, a former congressman from Maryland, announced in 2017 that he was running. "I'm excited about it", she told ABC's Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Monday, after debuting a short video on Twitter. Multiple pundits are saying Harris comes out looking stronger than any other potential candidate based on her broad appeal across the handful of constituencies that will decide fortunes in the primaries that will begin next Spring. She lacks a paper trail on economic issues important to many on the left, leaving her vulnerable to competitors like Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, whose calls to curb income inequality and Wall Street influence date back decades. Amy Klobuchar, could also jump in'.

The men considering a run have been slower to enter, with only a few major contenders taking formal steps. Her sister Maya, who will be her campaign chair, is a former senior adviser to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

The challenging task for Harris after those early state hurdles would be to try to fend off her challengers and consolidate the African-American vote. SC will hold the first primary in 2020 dominated by African-American voters.

"Black women have always been the backbone of the Democratic Party, and having a progressive trailblazer like Sen".

"We are the best of who we are when we fight to achieve these ideals", she said on ABC.

Harris' late mother immigrated to the United States from India as an adult and became a physician specialising in breast cancer.

Other possible contenders include Sens. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of OH and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota are also looking at the race. In 2016, she became the second black woman and first south-Asian woman elected to the Senate. Cory Booker and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer, a top advocate for impeaching Mr. Trump, took his name out of the running this month, as did Sen.

On the other hand, Harris will be far from alone in a crowded Democratic field and, as Gray notes, every candidate will rightly face questions about their previous positions and political record. "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 we commemorate him". Ms. Gabbard issued a fundraising plea citing King's famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail".

That's something Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had difficulty doing in the 2016 presidential race - particularly with older African-Americans who are the most reliable voters.

It has added to the suspense in Iowa, where the nomination race will kick off next year.

"I have the unique experience of having been a leader in local government, state government and federal government", she said. "It might be a matter of them not wanting to step over the message of the women making their announcements the past couple of weeks".

"Sooner or later, they're going to have to have a female as president", Smith said.

Harris is now the third woman to announce a presidential run, following Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. In October, she unveiled new tax legislation aimed at the middle class to give families up to $6,000 a year in refundable tax credits, which she will likely highlight on the 2020 campaign trail. She also has come under scrutiny for declining as attorney general to prosecute OneWest, the bank once headed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, for alleged foreclosure violations.