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Kamala Harris Joins 2020 Race

California senator seen as one of the most prominent black women in politics
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2019 6:54 AM CST
In this Sept. 6, 2018, photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, answers her question during his confirmation hearing.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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(Newser) – The field of 2020 Democratic challengers is already getting crowded. California Sen. Kamala Harris announced Monday on ABC's Good Morning America that she's in. Harris is the fourth prominent woman to join the race, behind Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. She is also the first African American to enter the race, notes CNN. In fact, Harris is one of the most prominent black women in politics, per the New York Times.

"I love my country. I love my country," she said. "This is a moment in time when I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight." Harris, 54, was elected to the Senate in 2016, becoming only its second African-American woman. Prior to that, she served two terms as California's attorney general. "Justice. Decency. Equality. Freedom. Democracy. These aren't just words," said Harris in an announcement video. "They're the values we as Americans cherish. And they're all on the line now." (Read more Kamala Harris stories.)

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