Kamala Harris

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Family Background

Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in East Bay, San Francisco. Her ethnicity is a mix of Indian and African American; her mother Dr. Shyamala Gopalan is from Chennai, India and her father Professor Donald Harris if from the United States. Kamala Devi’s mother Dr. Shyamala Gopalan is a breast cancer researcher and her father Donald Harris lectures at Stanford University.

Kamala Harris says she is inspired by an Indian-American superhero, her mother. Harris, 54, is the first Indian-origin Senator in the US. "It was really my mother who took charge of our upbringing. She believed in me and that helped me believe I could do anything," Harris wrote in a book, “People who knew them knew not to mess with either. She was conscious of history, conscious of struggle, conscious of inequities.”

Interesting note:

I found this persons’ reaction worth noting: “What does her family background look like? Her mother, who raised her, was of Indian descent. Her father, a mixed man of Jamaican heritage. Both come from [an]elite background, mother was a scientist, father an economics professor. She was born in Oakland but moved to Canada at the age of 7, where she spent her true formative years. Just no real connection at all to black Americans, but just like with Obama, she cloaked herself to get our benefits. She went to Howard and got a political degree, then moved back to California, where you know the rest of the story. Ultimately what I want to do with this topic is to warn my fellow black American voters who grew up here and descend from slavery. These candidates are not like you.”

California Attorney General

Early in her career, Harris took considerable heat for refusing to seek the death penalty in a 2004 case that involved the killer of San Francisco police officer Isaac Espinoza. In her book, Harris describes her campaign for California Attorney General, she wrote that a longtime political strategist believed she could not win because she was a woman who is a minority who is anti-death penalty. “It was a stereotype”, wrote Harris. Her position on the death penalty in her role as Attorney General would be far more complicated. While Harris personally opposed the death penalty, she defended the law as a matter of professional duty to her state.

The Book "The Truths We Hold"

The book, "The Truths We Hold," and the accompanying publicity blitz offers hints about the rationale for the California Democrats’ presidential candidacy. This second book is a more personal look at her upbringing and the roots of her activism. Her first book, drew lessons from her career as a prosecutor to explain her approach to fixing the criminal justice system.

Medicare for All

Here is what Harris actually said about Medicare for all, a question from Jake Tapper, “This is from an audience member. What’s your solution to ensure that people have access to quality health care at an affordable price and does that solution involve cutting insurance companies as we know them out of the equation?” Harris responded, “We need to have Medicare for all. That’s just the bottom line.”

Harris seemed relatively open to other proposals.“Medicare for All is her preferred plan but she is also open to looking at others that achieve the same principle where healthcare is a right for all,” a Harris staffer said. “What she believes is that we need is a system where healthcare is guaranteed to every American and she will continue to look at proposals that achieve that goal.”

LIFT: the Middle-Class Act

At a town hall, Kamala Harris said the first thing she would do as president is pass a massive tax cut for middle-class families. This was the second time Harris referred to a tax credit proposal, LIFT, the Middle-Class Act, or Livable Incomes for Families. At the CNN event, Harris said that she was proposing one of the most significant tax cuts for middle-class families in generations, noting that there are babies in America who are on the verge of starvation and families who can’t afford to pay their bills. Her legislation would include a refundable tax credit of $6,000 for married couples earning up to $60,000 a year.

An argument for being the frontrunner

This is one point of view that we also found interesting, “Five reasons Kamala Harris is the brand-new 2020 Democratic Party frontrunner. In Harris' case, she has an even better chance than Obama since she won’t face the Clinton Machine that Obama did Here are the five reasons why Kamala Harris should be viewed as the frontrunner: 1. In 2016, 58 percent of Democratic primary voters were women. Voters might think, I don’t know much about the candidate, so I’m going to vote for the woman. Black voters have long been very loyal to candidates who share their background. Ditto with her support from Silicon Valley moguls, who will like the idea of having a San Francisco Democrat in the White House.”