Harris Whips Through Iowa as She Battles Warren for Top Status

Sen. Kamala Harris

Sen. Kamala Harris

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).

As she highlighted how her parents met during the civil rights movement, Harris defended her record as a prosecutor and as California's attorney general, which some liberals have criticized as being too tough on minorities.

"It's a flawed system".

Green (R), who is also a physician and served as a special operations flight surgeon in the Army, said that Harris' plan takes away choice from the middle class.

Fatal shootings by police of unarmed black men have become a rallying point among a swath of Democratic-leaning voters.

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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.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and now 2020 presidential candidate made her case for stricter gun laws during her CNN townhall on Monday.

During an interview on CBS News, the 65-year-old said he is not always the smartest person in the room but can build teams of people who are "more skilled" than himself. As for the NRA, which awards her a 7 percent rating, she acknowledged that its influence was "real" but also suggested that its power has been overstated, making the organization a "paper tiger".

Eighty percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say gun laws should be more strict, according a to Pew survey conducted in September and October 2018. Later, she expresses her hope to be "a joyful warrior", a phrase that harkens back to the last century, and perhaps foreshadows a fierce fight for the country's top office.

Harris (shown above right) officially kicked off her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination over the weekend.

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"Elizabeth Warren kind of got the campaign season started".

Klein said he thinks the 2020 election will be a referendum on President Trump.

Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Bernie Sanders of Vermont may also run.

But another billionaire businessman, former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, strongly urged Schultz to halt his independent antics.

I'm gonna just tell you, based on the stuff that my friends are sending me, there are a lot of people on our side scared to death of Kamala Harris.

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Harris addressed her detractors briefly in her launch speech, saying: "I am not flawless. But I will always speak with decency and moral clarity and treat all people with dignity and respect". Instead, it shows signs of turning on President Trump's job approval, as well as on questions of identity and immigration. She certainly looks tough enough so far.

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