With the 2018 midterm elections over, attention has officially shifted to the 2020 presidential race. As President Donald Trump revitalizes his campaign for another four-year term, lawmakers on the left are working to determine who is the best challenger to defeat him.
On December 31, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) officially launched an exploratory committee for the Democratic nomination in 2020. Now, another prominent politician may soon be joining her.
According to KCBS Radio, sources claim Kamala Harris (D-CA) is set to announce her endeavor to be the country's next commander-in-chief. The Oakland native is rumored to be making the announcement "on or around Martin Luther King Jr. Day" in her hometown. A representative for Harris contradicted those reports to The Hill, saying she doesn't plan to be in Oakland during the long weekend.
But there are a few factors which hint that Harris, 54, is readying a bid.
The Howard alum is currently on a book tour promoting her autobiography The Truths We Hold: An American Journey. Bob Shrum, a former consultant to Harris, suggested the tour could culminate in the announcement.
"Right now, she is on a book tour, which to me looks like an unconventional run-up to an announcement," Shrum told The San Francisco Chronicle.
A second indication is that Harris' team has already made calls to wealthy donors with the intention of raising a minimum of $500,000 by March, per The Chronicle. Political science professor James Taylor lauded the former San Francisco district attorney for her efforts to start small with her monetary donations.
"Small-dollar donations are important to project a popular base of support," Taylor remarked.
Earlier this week, Harris spoke with the ladies of The View and said the United States is ready for a woman of color to be president, as Blavity previously reported. Based on what audiences have seen of the Trump presidency, co-host Sunny Hostin asked Harris if they are prepared for a much-needed change.
"Absolutely," Harris replied. "Listen — I'm not saying that about myself, but I am saying that about the capacity of the American public. We need to give the American public more credit," she continued. "Give the people more credit. They are smarter than that."
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