The first Indian-origin Senator, Kamala Harris, 54, has officially launched her campaign for the US presidential election in 2020.
According to a media report, within first 12 hours, her campaign registered over $ 1million in funding.
Harris felt honoured to announce her bid on a day when Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Jr who sought inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi.
She also raised more than $ 110,000 from merchandise, which includes a tote bag, a T-shirt featuring her “Kamala Harris for the people” slogan and a hat.
Harris is the fourth Democrat to join the battle for the party’s nomination in the 2020 election. Kamala Devi Harris is an American attorney and politician serving as the junior United States Senator for California since 2017.
Though it’s too early to say on the results of the presidential election that would conclude with the Democratic National Convention in July 2020, the Indian-American community leaders said Harris has a fair and clear shot at the White House.
She is the first Indian-American woman to have a seat in the US Senate. She was also the first woman, black, Indian-American or South Asian, to serve as district attorney of San Francisco, and as California’s attorney general.
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The most famous instance of public sexism she faced before announcing her presidential bid occurred in 2013, when none other than Barack Obama called her the “best-looking attorney general.”
Obama later apologised to Harris after the remark was widely criticized (rightly) as sexist, CNN reported.