Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), considered a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, spoke about her plans for the race Saturday.
According to The Hill, Harris sat down with MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski at the Know Your Value conference to talk policy and the 2020 race. The junior senator from California acknowledged the race would be a particularly tough one and predicted things would get "ugly."
"When you break things, it is painful," Harris said. "And you get cut. And you bleed."
Democrats of various ideological stripes are expected to seek the nomination, including more progressive members of the caucus such as Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and centrists such as former Vice President Joe Biden. The race is likely to expose divisions within the party, and the winner will be tasked with unifying Democrats under a platform of his or her design.
As Blavity reported, when asked ahead of the 2018 midterm elections if she planned on a White House run, the senator said, "At some point after [the midterms], we’ll think about that. I’m not going to kid you."
Now that those races have concluded, Harris still hasn't finished thinking about it, according to NBC News.
"It’s a very serious decision,” Harris said. “Over the holiday, I will make that decision with my family.”
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), another Democrat rumored to be preparing to run for the nation's top job, had a similar answer when he was asked by New York's PIX 11 about his 2020 plans.
"This holiday season will be a great time for me to sit down ... bring together folks and make a decision," Booker said. "Not about what's best for me but really with what I believe in my heart is best for the country."
Both Booker and Harris spent time barnstorming on behalf of candidates running in the 2020 midterms, and as Blavity reported, both recently gave significant speeches in Iowa. The Western state is considered a presidential bellwether, given it is the first state in the U.S. to hold its caucus.
While the Democrats have yet to coalesce around a preferred candidate, the GOP 2020 campaign is going strong. As CNN reports, President Trump has already raised over $100 million for his re-election campaign.
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