Running for president? Kamala Harris releases memoir, media blitz … but still hasn’t made up her mind

A trip to Iowa? Check. Fiery televised retorts to Trump? Check. A fundraising machine, a media blitz and a new memoir hitting bookshelves Tuesday? Check. Check. Check.

But ask California’s junior U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris if she’s running for president, and she says, “I haven’t made up my mind.”

Senator Kamala Harris’s new book. “The Truths We Hold, An American
Journey”. (Penguin Press)

In interviews Tuesday morning on CNN, NPR and ABC’s Good Morning America coinciding with the release of her memoir “The Truths We Hold,” the California Democrat elected to her first Senate term two years ago is introducing her story to America.

Raised by her Indian-born mother and Jamaican father, who were active in the civil rights movement when they met at UC Berkeley, she said she was raised to fix problems.

“I was raised that when you see a problem, you don’t complain about it; you go and you do something about it,” she told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday, adding, “I think this is that moment, and I believe for all of us, history will say, and our children and our grandchildren will ask, ‘At that inflection moment, where were you and what did you do in service of your family, your neighborhood, your community and your country?’ ”

If Harris, 54, does indeed decide to run in 2020, her campaign already suffered an awkward moment: last week California’s senior U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she’s supporting former Vice President Joe Biden, if he runs.

“He has the experience, the drive,” Feinstein told the Los Angeles Times last week, adding, “I have a great respect for his integrity as well as his ability. And I think experience is really important at this particular point, where our world is today.”

While she called herself a “big fan” of Harris, “she’s brand-new here,” Feinstein said, “so it takes a little bit of time to get to know somebody.”

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 27: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)(L) walks with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) (C), to a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence closed door meeting at the U.S. Capitol, on April 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee is investigation possible Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Harris is one of at least four Californians to be mulling a 2020 presidential bid, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer and East Bay congressman Eric Swalwell. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren last week became the first Democrat to formally announce she was running for the White House.

As former California attorney general and San Francisco district attorney, Harris is the most prominent of the California hopefuls and the only one elected to statewide office. She gained national attention with tough questioning of Trump administration officials as well as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his contentious confirmation hearing.

After Harris visited Iowa in October, a poll of likely Democratic caucus-goers put her in fifth place in …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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