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Indian-origin Kamala Harris to run for U.S president

January 23, 2019

Senator Kamala Harris of California has joined the 2020 United States presidential contest. The daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, she is a former prosecutor, who has spoken against the current president Donald Trump repeatedly.

Harris made the announcement during an interview on the TV channel, ABC News. She has also posted a video announcing the decision to campaign in which she said,

The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values. That's why I'm running for president of the United States. - Kamala Harris, United States presidential candidate

Harris plans a more formal campaign launch on Sunday, when she will give a speech outlining her candidacy. She has spoken about the challenges of running a campaign facing the barriers she does, which include those of gender, colour as well as background.

"Nobody is living their life through the lens of one issue. I think what people want is they want leadership that sees them through the complexity of each of our lives and pays equal attention to their needs," she said. "Let's not put people in a box. And as they make their decisions, let's make sure we give them credit for being smarter than that."

Harris' rich mixture of heritage has led some supporters to refer to her as the female Barack Obama. As a child, Harris went to a Hindu temple and a black Baptist church. Her mother immigrated to the U.S as an adult and was a doctor. Her Jamaican father went on to become an economics professor. They divorced when Harris was young, and she has a younger sister, Maya.

She was the first black woman to be elected district attorney in California and was also the California's first female, first African-American and first Asian-American to hold the position of attorney general of the state.

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