Kamala Harris: 'It Is Within Our Power to Change the Course of the History of This Country'

Susan Jones | December 22, 2020 | 7:51am EST
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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks during a Senate runoff election drive-in campaign rally for the two Democrat candidates. (Photo by TAMI CHAPPELL/AFP via Getty Images)
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks during a Senate runoff election drive-in campaign rally for the two Democrat candidates. (Photo by TAMI CHAPPELL/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - "It is within our power to change the course of the history of this country," Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said as she addressed a bunch of beeping cars at a drive-in rally in Columbus, Georgia on Monday.

"Changing the balance in the United States Senate, which is what this election will do, will make all the difference about everything...as it relates to Medicare and Medicaid -- an expansion here in Georgia, it would expand coverage for over 500,000 people, about half-a-million people, depending on the outcome of this election."

Harris raised the prospect of a Democrat-led Senate tripling funding for Title I schools in poor neighborhoods. She mentioned a $15,000 tax credit for first-time home-buyers, and access to credit for small, minority-owned businesses.

Harris also called for "equal justice under law...an ideal...we have not reached."  She called for reforming our criminal justice system -- "reforming policing, doing what must be done to say let us ban chokeholds and carotid holds -- George Floyd would be alive today.

"Let us have a national standard for use of force. Let us require that as a nation, we run our laws in a way that take into account the real history of America and do what is necessary to right what has been wrong."

Harris said those goals (and others that she did not mention) depend on putting two liberal Democrats in the Senate on Jan. 5.

Voter suppression?

Harris also complained about voter suppression ("without evidence," as the liberal media likes to proclaim when President Trump calls out voter fraud):

In November, Harris said, "We knew...that there would be powerful people trying to prevent us from voting. We knew the kind of games they would play to make it difficult, to suppress our vote; to make it confusing, to discourage us.

And in November, we talked about that, and we said, we know the challenge that is before us. Well, the same challenge exists today.

And so we again ask, as it relates to January 5th, the question we asked in November -- why are so many powerful people trying to make it so difficult for us to vote? We have to ask the question 'why'?

And we know the answer. Because they know our power. They know when we vote, things change, they know when we vote, we win!

So what we did in November we can do again...

Early voting began in Georgia on December 14, and absentee voting is available to registered voters. Press reports say 1.3 million people voted absentee in Georgia's general election, and at least 762,000 people have requested absentee ballots for the January runoff.

But critics complain about Georgia's voter ID requirement.

'2020 ain't over until January 5th!'

Harris, affecting a southern twang at times, told the drive-in rally that 2020's been a difficult year:

"2020's been rough -- you know, people keep makin' jokes about 2020, like, we want this thing to be over. But you know what? As far as I'm concerned, Georgia? Columbus?

"2020 ain't over until January 5th! (Laughs) That's when 2020 will be over. That's when we'll get this thing done. Because, as you know, everything is at stake...Everything that was at stake in November is at stake leading up to January 5th."

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