Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California is beginning a new national book tour and media blitz this week amid rising speculation that she will soon announce her candidacy for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination for President.
The book tour comes as the likelihood of a possible 2020 White House bid seems to be increasing. She will promote her second memoir called “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.”
In the tour and media blitz Harris will make television appearances on “Good Morning America,” “The View,” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” She will also be interviewed on National Public Radio.
Her tour will take her to important media centers such as New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The national tour is expected to provide Harris with an opportunity to test her potential campaign messages. She will reportedly stress her main areas of interest such as criminal justice reform and other progressive issues such as a middle class tax cut.
Senator Harris’s book and media tour comes one week after another woman Democratic Senator, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts became the first major Democratic figure to announce her candidacy for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Senator Warren announced last week that she has formed an exploratory committee and will run for the White House. She also made several campaign stops in Iowa, the state with the first caucuses of the 2020 primary season.
Advisers close to Harris said that the California senator won’t launch an exploratory committee as a first step, which is what many candidates do. Instead Harris will go right into an official formal campaign and will make her announcement very soon.
Harris’s book publisher describes the memoir as “a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.”
Senator Harris describes her process of “grappling with an array of complex issues that affect her state, our country, and the world, from health care and the new economy to immigration, national security, the opioid crisis, and accelerating inequality,” according to a description of the book.
Harris senator has gained a national profile since being elected senator in 2016. She rose to prominence due to her tough questioning during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. She has also visited Iowa as well as South Carolina, a state with an early primary.
Harris said last month that she would decide whether to launch a bid “over the holiday.”
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