- The Washington Times - Monday, January 21, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday formally announced her candidacy for the 2020 presidential race.

“I am running for president of the United States,” the California Democrat said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I’m very excited about it.

Ms. Harris, 54, is a first-term senator from California who previously served as the state’s attorney general.

She launched her campaign on the same day that the country honors the birthday of civil rights martyr, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“I love my country,” she said. “And this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.”

Republicans came out swinging hours after her announcement.

“Kamala Harris is arguably the least vetted Democrat running for president, but it’s already clear how unqualified and out-of-touch she is,” Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said in a statement. “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.”

Ms. Harris joins a growing crowd of Democrats for her party’s primary. Among the candidates who have already announced their candidacy are her fellow Democratic colleagues, Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and former Housing and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro of Texas have also launched bids.

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