Pro-Israel Democrat Kamala Harris announces 2020 presidential bid

"And I'm very excited about it".

Later in the conversation with "GMA" anchors George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, the former California prosecutor, who was elected to the Senate in 2016, said President Trump has "absolutely" compromised the American peoples' faith in the "integrity of our system of justice".

She launched her campaign on the same day that the country honors the birthday of civil rights martyr, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Beyond South Carolina, Harris allies hope she could pull off a strong finish in Nevada, her neighboring state, and then her home state of California, which has moved its primary up to March 3. "It is probably one of the things that motivates me more than anything else", she said. She is expected to invoke her experience in that post on the campaign trail, in particular, pointing to lawsuits she brought against banks in light of the mortgage crisis and against for-profit colleges for predatory practices.

According to a Harris aide, her priorities in the campaign will be addressing the cost of living, pushing for a more just society, expanding access to better quality of life and restoring dignity and responsibility to public office.

Harris' approach to these cases has been highlighted by activists online who tweeted messages like "Kamala is anti-trans people" and "the trans community rightly hates her" after she announced her candidacy.

Harris will be joining what is already a crowded field of presidential candidates that includes Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Both senators' announcements have been met with skepticism, the former as a result of her "divisive" claim to Native American ancestry, which she inflamed through her "1/1,024th" DNA test fiasco, and the latter because of her poor performance in the presidential polls. Harris said that she will not accept money from corporate PACs.

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The California senator's logo is a nod to Shirley Chisholm, the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president in a major political party, in 1972.

Her focused and often tough-sounding lines of questioning during closely watched Senate hearings reflect her past as a prosecutor.

"I cannot talk about the evidence I have received.but I will say there is no question that Bob Mueller is conducting an investigation with the highest level of integrity".

"If the president wants to negotiate over immigration reform I'm all for it", she said after the speech. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has indicated he'll be touring three states that could play a key role in the 2020 presidential primary.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the 2016 challenger to eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, attended a church service and a rally Monday in SC, where he fell short two years ago and will need support from black voters to contend again.

Since Harris sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Stephanopoulos also asked if she has seen any evidence from special prosecutor Bob Mueller's investigation that would warrant impeaching Trump.

Will thread info on Harris' announcement here, including staff hires and background info. She also created the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force. She will hold a launch rally in Oakland on January 27. Her team clearly sees her strongest potential for an early state victory in SC, where African-Americans made up 61 percent of the Democratic primary electorate in 2016.

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