Kamala Harris begins presidential campaign

Kamala Harris begins presidential campaign

"I'm running for president because I love my country", declared the 54-year-old, whose father is Jamaican and mother is Indian.

When questions began to swirl over her impartiality, Harris has become keen to distance herself from the former mayor.

Harris immediately took her campaign to Iowa, the state that votes first in the nominating process, holding a televised town hall from Des Moines that airs at 9:00 pm (0300 GMT Tuesday).

However, the report does state that "the effect of human-induced climate change is combined with natural variations and can compound or inhibit the realized severity of any given extreme weather event", and that "both anthropogenic climate change and the legacy of land use/management have an influence on USA wildfires and are subtly and inextricably intertwined".

Brown said that Harris is the only politician that he helped who later told him "that I would be indicted if I "so much as jaywalked" while she was D.A".

The visceral reaction to her words, with crowd members cheering and welling up, has fired her into the lead as one of the Democrats with the potential to unseat Trump in what will be one of the fiercest presidential races in history.

"Fighting for the people meant fighting on behalf of survivors of sexual assault", Harris said, in one of multiple references to the #MeToo movement in her speech, "a fight not just against predators but a fight against silence and stigma".

Harris rarely mentioned Trump by name, but he was clearly a target.

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Senator Kamala Harris holds a rally to launch her 2020 presidential campaign in her hometown of Oakland, California, U.S., January 27, 2019.

Harris kicked off her speech by mentioning her roots.

"And guys, let us understand what is happening here: people in power are trying to convince us that the villain in our American story in each other", Ms. Harris said, adding that "age-old forms of hate with new fuel", including racism, sexism and homophobia were real in America. "And we are here at this moment in time because we must answer a fundamental question: Who are we?" Both women are attempting to become the first female president after Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in 2016.

"Well I certainly wouldn't say it that way", she said.

"If Kamala Harris wants people who care about dismantling mass incarceration and correcting miscarriages of justice to vote for her she needs to radically break with her past", wrote Prof Bazleoni.

She continued to lay out what she called "truths" in what actually signaled her strongest policy stances: debt-free college, Medicare for all, climate change action, tackling discrimination, and treating the opioid crisis as "a national public health emergency".

She also gets a boost from having California as her home state. Lord knows, I am not flawless.

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