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Harris, currently the junior U.S. Senator for the gorgeously Trump-opposing state of California since 2017, announced her move into the race Monday.
"Truth, justice, decency, equality, freedom, democracy—these aren't just words," she said in a video announcement. "They're the values we as Americans cherish and they're all on the line now. The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for American values. That's why I'm running for president of the United States. I'm running to lift those voices, to bring our voices together . . . Let's do this together. Let's claim our future. For ourselves, for our children, and for our country."
Earlier this month, Harris spoke with The Late Show's Stephen Colbert about what was then seemingly the mere possibility of a run. "I might," she said at the time when Colbert noted the strategic release strategy of her The Truths We Hold book. Then, Harris detailed what her view of the nation.
"I remain optimistic," she said. "The way that I think about it is, we are a country that was founded on noble ideals. And we all know we've not yet reached those ideals but part of our strength is we fight to reach those ideals. We are an aspirational country."
Losing that aspiration, she added, would be a "bad moment" for us all. "If something is worth fighting for, it's a fight worth having . . . period," she said.
Fellow Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have recently announced campaign "exploratory committees," per CNN, meaning they haven't yet formally entered the race. Bernie Sanders and Beto O'Rourke are also among those rumored to be running who are also notably not down with Trump.