California's Senator Kamala Harris formally kicked his presidential campaign on Sunday in a rally in her hometown of Oakland with a promise to confront toxic politics and unite a country she claims has been split by President Donald Trump.
Less than a mile away from where she began her career as a prosecutor, Harris characterized her track record as a lawyer, lawyer and US Senator as "fighting for the people." Now as a presidential candidate she has folded that idea into her 2020 campaign slogan "For the People."
"I do not easily reject the dangers and difficulties of challenging a acting president, but these are not ordinary times. And that is not a common choice." she said.
There was a clear message about the diversity and representation of the black community on this rally. Before Harris himself took the stage, a black gospel choir sang the national anthem, a black priest proclaiming a sermon for unity and a band attending the New Orleans tradition in "second line".
Harris, a California Democrat, is the fourth woman to launch a presidential bid.
Although she never mentioned Trump by name, Harris strongly criticized the president and claimed that she would confront what she regards as the worst abuse of the Trump administration.
"During this administration, the US position in the world has never become weaker. When democratic values are under attack throughout the world when authoritarianism is on the march as nuclear proliferation increases when we have alien forces infecting white house as malware, "she said.
After Harris's speech, the Republican National Committee fired back in a statement.
"It is appropriate that Harris chose the most liberal district in deep blue California to launch his campaign. Government clinic healthcare, weaker borders and higher taxes may be popular there, but her liberal policies are out of step with most Americans "President Trump has led this country to record economic heights and strengthen our national security, and so he will be re-elected by 2020," said RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens.
An estimated 20,000 people packed the plate near the Oakland City Hall and flooded the streets. Among the group were unresolved voters such as Walter Butler, who said he was looking for a candidate to reach the hallway.
"I will try to keep an open mind, but I like Senator Harris. I like the way she did for Kavanaugh hearings," Butler said.
Butler, still waiting to see who is jumping into the race, has some small reservations about Harris.
"She's the anti-death penalty, it's consistent with where I am … I'm a little worried that she's only been a senator for two years," Butler said.
Harris critics say her decisions as a prosecutor were not in line with the party's progressive values. On Twitter, the hashtag #KamalaIsACop has ignited a four-storm of tweets that attack the senator for her record.
While Harris personally opposed the death penalty, she defended it as California's lawyer in 201
Some supporters said they trusted her record as a prosecutor.
"I think she is right in the African American community that you want people to be clever in crime and tough in crime. We also want a restorative justice policy. I think We can have both, "added spectator Chris Taylor.
Harris also began to question issues she says would be at the heart of her campaign: Medicare for everyone, an income increase of up to $ 500 a month for working families, reforms of criminal law for termination of cash bail, climate change and Growing education by making pre-K universal and college debt-free.
"So today I say to you, my friends, these are not ordinary times, and it will not be a common choice. But this is our America," she concluded.
The lyrics of the "Hamilton" musical soundtrack – "I don't throw my shot" – echo when she left the scene.