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Kamala Harris: What Does She Stand For?

Will Harris push the Biden campaign to electoral success, or sink it entirely?

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Kamala Harris, the junior senator from California, has been chosen to run as Joe Biden’s vice president in the 2020 presidential election. Her background as a prosecutor who wanted to improve the justice system has given her a commanding presence in American politics. On the other hand, this has brought both positive and negative attention to Biden’s campaign for the presidency.

Harris was hired as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County, California, after graduating from law school and passing the California Bar in 1990. She gradually worked her way up the political ladder, getting elected to positions including San Francisco district attorney, California attorney general, and then senator.

What Does She Stand For?

Throughout most of her career, Harris has worked to be seen as an enforcer of the law who wants to reform the justice system. As district attorney for San Francisco, she oversaw an increase in drug conviction rates in her city from 56% to 74%. While many approved of her tough-on-crime stance, she has lost support from some groups due to her harsh stance that put a lot of black Americans in prison.

Later, as attorney general of California, she pushed for harsher penalties for parents who didn’t address school truancy. This hurt her with some supporters of the Democratic Party though, as many thought that coming down hard on drug use and truancy unfairly targeted minority families.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

On the other hand, she also pushed for police reform, and helped California become the first state to make all officers wear body cameras.

Senate Legacy

Since being elected to the Senate, Kamala Harris has been one of President Trump’s fiercest critics. Many legislators are practically unknown outside their own districts or states, but Harris has always commanded attention. The nation knows who she is, and the Democrats could always count on her to make a strong case against the Republican opposition.

At the same time, Senator Harris has gained a reputation for putting on an act to gain votes. Her stance against drugs and truancy during her time as an attorney general has left her open to attack from some. Will her fierce, fighting spirit help Biden’s campaign or harm it?

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Jose Backer, General Assignment Reporter, is a graduate of St. Michael's College and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Political Science. Born and raised in Southern California, he currently resides in the Pasadena area.

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