Kamala Harris stated Monday that she feels "very strongly" about fully embracing the single-payer health insurance system, which would overhaul the entire American health care market. "I'm running to be president of the people, by the people, and for all people".
Speaking in front of the Oakland City Hall, with over 20,000 people in attendance - a larger crowd than former President Barack Obama had at his campaign launch in 2007 - Ms. Harris projected herself as a candidate of the people. These polls do not mean that Trump will lose the 2020 election.
Early on in her speech, Ms. Harris invoked memories of her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, a biologist who immigrated to the USA from Chennai.
"We're gonna have rationed care and it's not gonna be what Americans want", he said. But that is not our story.
Harris' first news conference as a candidate was on the campus of Howard University, the historically black college in the nation's capital that she attended as an undergraduate.
"You can be in favor of the Second Amendment and also understand that there is no reason in a civil society that we have assault weapons around communities that can kill babies and police officers", she said.
"The biggest question for her campaign is whether she can be the front runner she now is and run the insurgent-style campaign that is best suited to her", tweeted former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer. But to think that we should get rid of the insurance industry.
Listing the various proposals that have been introduced, she argued that legislators have no shortage of good ideas: "What's missing is for people in the United States Congress to act the right way".
"She was acting in her official capacity, not on vacation you would think even out of self-interest [Congress] would have acted".
Harris immediately took her campaign to Iowa, the state that votes first in the nominating process, holding a televised town hall from Des Moines where she eviscerated the Trump administration for "lighting that fire" of racial division and seeking to "vilify" young immigrants.
This will be perhaps the most high-stakes presidential election in history.
Harris' mother was Indian and her father was Jamaican.
Harris, a former prosecutor and California state attorney general, argued that solutions, such as an assault-weapons ban and universal-background-check legislation, have been devised and proven effective, but can not be implemented because her colleagues in Congress lack "the courage to act the right way". Senators Cory Booker, of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, and Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, may also run. If she ultimately wins the White House she would be the first African-American woman and first person of Asian descent to be president.
Harris succinctly responded with, "How do I describe myself? And that's what she did".
Harris's launch has drawn heavily on symbolism. Lord knows, I am not ideal. Trump can beat her. She certainly looks tough enough so far.
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