Harris emerges as frontrunner to oust Trump as rivals circle

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She officially announced her presidential bid on Sunday in her birthplace of Oakland, California, where thousands showed up hoping to catch a glimpse of her in the surrounding streets. She also embraced nationalized health care insurance to the extent that she gladly stated that she would "eliminate" private insurance - you know, the insurance upon which the vast majority of Americans rely.

The compelling Oakland speech was a show of strength by Harris and most likely a calculated shot across the bow to those still on the 2020 sidelines, notably the four Bs mulling a run: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker and Beto O'Rourke.

Asked if those who like their current health care insurance could keep it under her "Medicare for All" plan, Harris said they could not, but that under her plan they would instead have healthcare without any delays.

Harris's experience as San Francisco district attorney and California attorney-general helps her stand out from the crowd, with the senator making her slogan "For the People" in reference to her time rising in court to say, "Kamala Harris, for the people". Who among us has not had that situation? In Saturday's column, Brown said Harris is "riding a buzz wave the likes of which we haven't seen in years". These are smart people. This is something Harris seemed to use to her advantage. She's promising free everything.

Harris also took a swipe at President Donald Trump's border wall proposal, calling it "the president's medieval vanity project" and saying it won't stop transnational gangs.

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Perhaps most important, as Democrats weigh their options in the 2020 field, she made a succinct case for why she believes she would be the strongest candidate to take on Trump and not get "caught up in his insane", as one questioner put it. 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.

The many businesses that support the insurance market could also be put out of business. And questions about fracking and oil pipelines were among the first he encountered after arriving at the home of a college friend in suburban Des Moines.

"I think somebody should have required all those members of Congress to go in a room - in a locked room, no press, nobody else - and look at the autopsy photographs of those babies".

Later, at a Des Moines brew pub, Hickenlooper mingled with patrons and potential supporters. The junior senator has supported Medicare-for-all, legalization of recreational marijuana, sanctuary cities, passing a DREAM Act, and lowering taxes for the working and middle classes while raising taxes on corporations and the wealthiest top 1 percent of Americans, according to Wikipedia.

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