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Kamala Harris kicks off presidential campaign in Oakland

Posted at 12:29 PM, Jan 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-27 15:29:29-05

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says she’s the kind of leader who can unify the country and would fight for the needs of all Americans.

The first-term California senator, who announced her candidacy on Monday, plans a speech at a rally in Oakland, her hometown, later Sunday, as she outlines her campaign.

Harris says she’s running to be “a president by the people. Of the people. For all the people.” That’s according to prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press.

If Harris emerges from a crowded Democratic field in 2020 to become the nominee and then wins the White House, she’d be the first woman to be president, the first African-American woman to be president and the first woman of Asian descent to be president.

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