Kamala Harris: U.S. ‘Absolutely’ Ready for a Woman of Color to Be President

Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) addresses Capitol Hill reporters in Washington, D.C., November 27, 2018. (Leah Millis/REUTERS)

Senator Kamala Harris on Tuesday again addressed speculation that she may try to take on President Trump in 2020, remarking that she believes the country is “absolutely” ready for a woman of color to be president.

“Is this country, after what [President] Trump has unleashed and what we have seen, ready for the first woman-of-color president?” host Abby Huntsman asked the California Democrat on The View.

“Absolutely,” Harris responded. “Listen — I’m not saying that about myself, but I am saying that about the capacity of the American public. . . . We need to give the American public more credit.”

Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent, said she is “not yet ready” to make an announcement about a presidential run but added that she is “very tempted” by the idea.

“The vast majority of us have so much more in common than what separates us,” Harris said. “When people are waking up in the middle of the night with the thing that has been weighing on them . . . they aren’t waking up thinking that thought through the lens of the party with which they’re registered to vote. They are not thinking it through some demographic upholster.”

“When they wake up thinking that thought, it usually has to do with one of very few things: It usually has to do with their personal health, about their children, or their parents,” she continued. “Can I get a job? Keep a job? Pay the bills by the end of the month? Retire with dignity?”

Harris has been promoting her book, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, in what could be the prelude to the announcement of a 2020 campaign. In another move toward a possible presidential run, she has shut down her state campaign committee and is giving its remaining $1 million to a number of organizations.

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