Kamala Harris Prepares for Presidential Run

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has confirmed she has decided to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, according to sources who spoke to KCBS Radio. Harris will formally announce her bid for the White House on or around Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Kamala Harris. (Office of the Attorney General of California, via Wikimedia Commons)

Harris is currently on a tour to promote her new book, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey. A spokesperson for Harris said no announcement is imminent. Last month, Harris said she planned to decide whether she would run “over the holiday.”

“It will ultimately be a family decision,” she said at the time. “And over the holiday, I will make that decision with my family.”

The KCBS Radio report comes a day after CNN’s Jake Tapper said Harris would soon make a decision about running in 2020.

“We have to give the American people more credit, and we have to understand that the American public and the people of our country are smart people who will make decisions about who will be their leader based on who they believe is capable, who they believe has an honest desire to lead, to represent, to see them, to be a voice for them even if they have no power,” Harris said during her CNN appearance.

Last month, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced an exploratory committee for a presidential run. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro did the same.

Sources say the planned rollout of Harris’ campaign is “still being finalized” and that the location and timing could change. Her advisers are reportedly searching for a “telegenic location that could give her a ‘Springfield moment’ akin to Barack Obama’s campaign launch in 2007 at the Old State Capitol in Illinois, according to CBS News.

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