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Sen. Kamala Harris Indicates White House Hopes for 2020

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By    |   Monday, 26 February 2018 12:54 PM

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has begun positioning herself for a possible White House bid in 2020, The Hill reports.

Harris, who has just entered her second year in Congress, has taken a number of positions that hold broad Democratic support, such as voting against the Senate immigration bill backed by leading liberal Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, due to the funding it would provide for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

"While this bill would put Dreamers on a pathway toward citizenship, the appropriation of $25 billion for a border wall is a waste of taxpayer money," she said in a statement. "A wall will not secure our border and I remain concerned those billions of dollars may also be used to implement this Administration's anti-immigrant agenda — one that targets California and its residents."

Harris also has made recent statements advocating for increased school funding, gun safety laws, and opposing the Republican tax plan.

"She's not only positioning herself to run for president, but she is positioning herself to the progressive left, and one of the ways she's been most effective at doing that is to pick a fight with the demons on the right," political science professor Thad Kousser of the University of California, San Diego told the Hill.

"Taking on Donald Trump as early and often as possible, and now second to Donald Trump is the NRA, and there's no better foil than the NRA. That's political gold for someone trying to establish a national reputation as a champion of the left," he continued.

A Democratic strategist based in California, Chris Lehane, added that Harris "feels a responsibility and an obligation to stand up on issues she has long been involved with."

"It's a natural position for any progressive Democrat from California because they have a record to point to of having engaged on those issues," Lehane said. "She's obviously an incredibly effective communicator and has enormous energy, but these are also issues she has rolled her sleeves up on."

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