Jan. 21, 2019 - Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) Announces Candidacy

• Harris announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day during an appearance on ABC News "Good Morning America."
• Her campaign released 0:57 video, website, Medium post.
• Formal announcement in Oakland on Jan. 27.

Truth, Justice, Decency, Equality, Freedom, Democracy.

These aren't just words.

They're the values we as Americans cherish...

and they're all on the line now.

The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values.

That's why I'm running for president of the United States.

I'm running to lift those voices.

To bring our voices together.

So please join me in Oakland on Sunday, January 27th and go to KamalaHarris.org to join our campaign.

Let's do this together.

Let's claim our future.

For ourselves.

For our children.

And for our country.

I'll see you in Oakland.


Medium Post

I’m running for President

Decency. Justice. Truth. Equality. Freedom. Democracy.

These aren’t just words: they’re the values we, as Americans, cherish. Right now, they’re all on the line.

We face the greatest crisis of leadership we’ve seen in our lifetimes, and powerful voices are filling the void, sowing hate and division among us.

We’ve witnessed an Administration that aligns itself with dictators and refers to white supremacists as “very fine people.” They’ve torn babies from their mothers’ arms and put children in cages.

They’ve slashed taxes for corporations and the wealthiest among us — placing the burden on the middle class. They’ve actively fought against efforts to combat climate change. Time and again, they’ve sabotaged our country’s health care. And they’ve attacked our free and independent press at every turn.

We know America is better than this — but it’s on us to build it. We’re going to have to fight for it.

I’m ready to take on that fight alongside you. That’s why, today, I’m proud to announce that I’m running for President of the United States.

I want to be clear: ours will not be a campaign against our current president. It will be a campaign FOR the very future of our country. FOR the people.

Together, we will fight FOR a country with strong public schools in every zip code. A country where one job is enough to pay the bills. A country with full, universal health care for every single American.

Together, we will fight FOR a country where getting a college education doesn’t mean taking on a lifetime of debt. Where middle-class and working families are prioritized with tax breaks, not corporations or the wealthiest 1%. Where every single person can retire with dignity. Where every single person can breathe clean air and drink clean water. Where black women aren’t three to four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. A country where for-profit prison businesses — a billion-dollar industry — are a thing of the past. We’re going to fight FOR an America where all our civil rights are respected.

We’re going to seek truth and speak truth. That’s my promise to you.

Ours is a fight born of optimism — of the promise of what our country can become if we unite behind a common cause. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to earn your vote and — most importantly — your trust.

Let’s do this,

Kamala Harris


Republican National Committee

“Kamala Harris is arguably the least vetted Democrat running for president, but it’s already clear how unqualified and out-of-touch she is. Her hometown paper says she was a bad manager as attorney general, and all she has to show for her brief time in the Senate is a radically liberal voting record.” – RNCspokesman Michael Ahrens

RNC Research Briefing

Harris Stumbles Out Of The Gate

Harris, Who Has Been Running For Higher Office Since 2003, Is Struggling To Rally The Democratic Base In Her Presidential Bid

  • When Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper about her close aide Larry Wallace, who was accused of sexual harassment and forced to settle for $400,000, Harris failed to apologize to the victim.
        • According to The Sacramento Bee’s Editorial Board, Harris owes it to voters to “fully explain her relationship with Wallace.”
        • In Harris’ newly released memoir, “The Truths We Hold,” Harris praised Wallace for his “leadership.”
  • The Democratic base views Harris’ time as a prosecutor as a liability, with claims she was “regressive” and “she needs to radically break with her past” to win their votes.
  • In April 2018, Harris was forced into taking a pledge to reject corporate PAC campaign donations, after previously stating at a town hall that voters should look at disclosures and draw their own conclusions about what motivates her.
  • Harris used the Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearings to showboat and prop up her image for 2020, but was ridiculed for falsely editing videos and changing the context of Justice Kavanaugh’s answers.
  • Since 2003, Harris’ political rise has been endorsed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Harris helped Feinstein fight off a progressive challenger in 2018; yet when it came to choosing a favorite for 2020, Feinstein said her top choice is Former Vice President Joe Biden.