Democrat Kamala Harris sets her pace in the 2020 US Presidential campaign, even though she faces stiff competition inside and outside her party, with the possible candidacy of the Starbucks founder. Howard Schultz.
The California senator is attending Monday a public meeting in Des Moines, Iowa (center), the state that will launch the primary elections early next year.
After announcing her candidacy on January 21, the day celebrating the civil rights icon Martin Luther King, she officially launched her campaign Sunday in Oakland, her hometown, ahead of 20,000 supporters.
It was here that Barack Obama appeared before California voters in 2007, before becoming the first black to be elected President of the United States.
Kamala Harris, 54, born to a Jamaican father and Indian mother, hopes to be the first black woman that enter the White House.
Without ever naming Donald Trump, she lashed out at the Republican billionaire – a candidate for a second term in the White House – and “powerful forces trying to sow hatred and division.”
“We have leaders who attack the free press and undermine our democratic institutions,” she said in a speech in which she posted progressive positions.
“The truth is that Americans have much more in common than what separates us.”
Harris also denounced the president’s “vain medieval project”, which wants to build a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
The former prosecutor of San Francisco (2004-2011) and California (2011-2017) also condemned the policy of separation of families of migrants arrested at the border, “a human rights violation” according to her.
– The “risk” Schultz –
At 22 months of the presidential election, she must count with other Democratic candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, fierce critic of Donald Trump and Wall Street slayer, who launched at the end of December.
Another big name added on Sunday: billionaire Howard Schultz announced that he was considering “seriously” to introduce himself.
The former head of the 65-year-old Starbucks coffee chain described himself as “a lifelong democrat”, saying he would run “as an independent centrist outside the bipartite system”.
The businessman, who grew up in a popular New York neighborhood, was due to speak Monday night in Manhattan.
Several Democratic leaders fear that his candidacy will siphon the centrist electorate and favor the re-election of Mr. Trump.
“In 2020, it is highly likely that an independent divides the anti-Trump vote and that ends with the re-election of the president,” tweeted Monday billionaire Michael Bloomberg, one of the prospective Democratic candidates. “This is a risk I refused to take in 2016 and we can not afford to take it today,” he added.
In American politics, candidates standing outside the two major parties are often accused of losing the camp they are closest to.
If Howard Schultz worries Mrs. Harris’s side, he has also caught the wrath of Donald Trump.
“Howard Schultz does not have the guts to run for president!” I watched him at 60 Minutes last night and I agree with him, he’s not “the smartest person.” Plus, we already have that in America! “, he said on Twitter, ironically adding,” I just hope Starbucks is still paying rent at Trump Tower “in New York.
In addition to Mr. Bloomberg, other personalities are expected among Democrats like Bernie Sanders, unhappy candidate in the 2016 primaries against Hillary Clinton, the charismatic quadragenarian Texan Beto O’Rourke, Senator Cory Booker or the former vice-president from Barack Obama, Joe Biden.
The former mayor of San Antonio and former Barack Obama minister Julian Castro, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, pillar of the #MeToo movement, or a young congresswoman and ex-military member Tulsi Gabbard have already shared their views. presidential ambitions.