Harris, Booker Could Be Front-Runners in 2020 Election

Kamala Harris
Sen. Kamala Harris (Courtesy photo)

The general perception of African-Americans and most minorities is that President Donald Trump should be impeached.

Short of that, the damage done by the current administration should be limited to one term.

And as important as the coming midterm elections are — the results could usurp some of Trump’s power and ability to carry out what many see as a destructive agenda — the 2020 presidential election is paramount for Democrats.

They must win back the White House.

Recent published reports have already speculated about who could not only mount a serious challenge to Trump, but actually defeat the brash New Yorker at the polls.

“The stakes are high this November and I am going to do everything that I can to make sure my Democratic colleagues are re-elected and help Democrats take back the house,” California Sen. Kamala Harris told The Informer.

Harris has been among a couple of Democrats touted as the party’s next big star. In 2017, she was sworn in as a senator, becoming just the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history.

According to her bio, she’s spent her life fighting injustice. It’s a passion that was first inspired by her mother, Shyamala, an Indian-American immigrant, activist and breast cancer researcher, she said.

Growing up in Oakland, Harris had a “stroller-eye” view of the cvil rights movement, she said.

Harris credits individuals such as Thurgood Marshall, Constance Baker Motley and Charles Hamilton Houston for helping her to develop the kind of character required to stand up to the powerful, and a resolve to spend her life advocating for those who could not defend themselves.

“I call her Auntie Kam,” said San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed, who briefly became the first African-American woman to ascend to the mayor’s chair following the death of Mayor Ed Lee. Breed later was forced to step down reportedly because those in the city said with both positions she wielded “too much power.”

“I learned a lot from [Harris] including just being myself and not being [fake],” Breed said.

Harris earned an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings, before starting a career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

In 2003, Harris became the district attorney of the city and county of San Francisco. Among her achievements as district attorney was launching a program that gives first-time drug offenders the chance to earn a high school diploma and find employment.

After two terms as district attorney of San Francisco, Harris was elected as the first African-American and first woman to serve as California’s attorney general.

She won a $25 billion settlement for California homeowners hit by the foreclosure crisis, defended California’s landmark climate change law, protected the Affordable Care Act and prosecuted transnational gangs that trafficked in guns, drugs, and human beings.

In the Senate, Harris has introduced and cosponsored legislation to raise wages for working people, reform the criminal justice system, make healthcare a right for all Americans, address the epidemic of substance abuse, support veterans and military families, and expand access to childcare for working parents.

When asked about the 2020 presidential election, Harris refused to hedge her bets.

“Everyone’s focus should be on 2018. The outcome is critical to the future of our country,” she said.

Cory Booker
New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker is one of just two African-Americans in the U.S. Senate. (Courtesy photo)

While the field of Democrats could also include former Vice President Joe Biden and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, with social media campaigns for a Booker candidacy already underway.

An editorial on online news site Metro appeared to give an early endorsement to Booker.

“In an era where bombast is seen as ‘electable,’ Booker’s viral lashing toward Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is being seen as a good thing with Democrats,” the January editorial read. “The party wants a leader that will not back down from Trump throughout a campaign, and in a debate, and Booker possesses many qualities that would leave one to believe he’s capable.”

And before the Metro endorsement came this from New York magazine:

“While campaigning with [then-Alabama Senate Candidate] Doug Jones, Booker became the first prominent Democratic lawmaker to respond to Senator Al Franken’s resignation by calling on Trump to resign over sexual misconduct, harassment, and assault allegations … For Booker, the calculation is simple: If Jones loses, it’s not his problem. If he wins, he’ll be credited with having helped when it mattered most, when Joe Biden was nowhere to be found, and in the South no less — where many Democrats believe they will have to be competitive if they are to erode the gains made by Republicans in recent federal and state elections. Either way, Booker chose a low-stakes venue to deliver what could objectively be described as a hell of a speech, one fit for a party convention more than a street corner at 2 p.m. on a day of rest.”

Booker did not immediately return The Informer’s requests for comment.

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About Stacy Brown 520 Articles
I’ve worked for the Daily News of Los Angeles, the L.A. Times, Gannet and the Times-Tribune and have contributed to the Pocono Record, the New York Post and the New York Times. Television news opportunities have included: NBC, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, the Abrams Report, Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Imus in the Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Radio programs like the Wendy Williams Experience, Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Howard Stern Show have also provided me the chance to share my views.

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