She's got the shibboleths and the bromides grievances and the identity markers down to a T. She has now taken the plunge into the contest for the Democrats' 2020 presidential nomination. Senators Elizabeth Warren, of MA, and Kirsten Gillibrand, of NY, have announced exploratory committees. If you like your doctor, you can't keep him, and if you work in the health insurance industry, you're out of a job, pal. "He was aspirational like our country is aspirational", she said of the civil rights leader.
During CNN's live broadcast from Drake University in Des Moines, Harris spoke from a stage in front of a friendly audience of Iowans who said they plan to take part in the Democratic caucuses a little more than a year from now.
She talked of "foreign powers infecting the White House like malware" - a clear reference to Russian election meddling and allegations of collusion with Trump's campaign.
"They're serving in our military, they are living productive lives, and this administration has chose to vilify them and to trade on them for the sake of this president's medieval vanity project called a wall", she said.
He added, "But now that we look back on it, the premiums have skyrocketed and we need to go back to the Affordable Care Act, refine it and fix it".
"I'm also intrigued by some of these people who are waiting a little bit".
The announcement was met with immediate criticism by her political opponents.
Eighty percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say gun laws should be more strict, according a to Pew survey conducted in September and October 2018. Harris represents the kind some argue could have a greater appeal to the progressive base as well as an increasingly diverse nation, while a more centrist, traditional one like Hickenlooper might sell better in Midwest states that drifted from the party in 2016.
One reason for the racial scrutiny Harris was receiving was because of her past record as the district attorney in San Francisco. She also touted her passage of the strongest anti-foreclosure law in America as the example of her ability to hold big corporations accountable.
Second, government run health insurance is not the same thing as medical care. "But I will always speak with decency and moral clarity and treat all people with dignity and respect".
Harris' campaign is filled with historic possibility.
During her townhall, Harris said she would support the Green New Deal, wants to get rid of private insurance to have Medicare-for-All, and ban "assault weapons". This is something Harris seemed to use to her advantage. With equal emotion, Harris denounced the Charlottesville riots, the Pittsburgh synagogue attack, and Trump's border separation policy as "not Our America".
In the speech, Harris laughs about sending her office's homicide and gang prosecutors into San Francisco schools to meet with parents and administrators who were discussing truant students.