Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced this week that she will be running for president in 2020.
The theme of Harris’ campaign will be “For the people,” and she is expected to formally announce her candidacy in a speech on Jan. 27 in Oakland.
The senator previewed her announcement in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, and her campaign released a short introductory video.
“I love my country,” Harris told ABC. “This is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.”
“My entire career has been focused on keeping people safe. It is probably one of the things that motivates me more than anything else,” she added. “And when I look at this moment in time, I know that the American people deserve to have someone who is going to fight for them.”
Harris recently published a memoir, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” that dove into many of the messages she is expected to focus on during her campaign. In the book, she describes her upbringing in Oakland as a daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, and her personal history going from prosecutor to district attorney to senator.
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. Issues like immigration, education and criminal justice reform are expected to feature prominently in her agenda.
Elected to the Senate in 2016, Harris made history as the first Indian-American to serve in the body, as well as just the second Black woman. As attorney general of California for six years, she was the first woman, African-American and Indian-American in that role.
Harris announced her presidential bid on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and her campaign’s logo and color scheme draw inspiration from the 1972 presidential bid of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for the presidency from one of the major parties.