Democratic Senator Kamala Harris from California on Monday said she will run for president in 2020.
Harris, 54, told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ that she, as a black female senator, is honoured to make the announcement on the day all Americans commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.
Like King, her Indian mother and Jamaican father too were active in the civil rights movement.
If elected, she will become America’s first black female president.
Participating in ABC’s ‘The View’ earlier this month, Harris had said US is ready for a woman of colour to be president.
Harris’ presidential bid came days after she launched a drive to promote her book, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.
Harris said her nomination fight will focus on equality, decency, justice, and democracy and her slogan will be ‘For the people.’
A former California attorney general, Harris said her entire career has been focused on keeping people safe.
American people deserve a president who fights for them and put their interests above self-interest. Voters are smarter than one thinks. They look for a leader who shares similar beliefs and values like them. Gender, race, colour or even party do not matter, Harris said.
They will vote for a leader who is concerned about people’s health, jobs, security and dignity, she said.
Harris has attacked President Trump on issues such as Muslim travel ban and the ‘deferred action for childhood arrivals’ policy for young undocumented illegal immigrants.
Harris has a lot of ground to cover as a recent poll found that 54% of Democratic primary voters were unsure of her win or had never heard of her.