Kamala Harris: 'I Love My Country,' Where 'Racism, Sexism, Anti-Semitism, Homophobia, Transphobia Are Real'

By Susan Jones | January 28, 2019 | 7:47 AM EST

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) gives the first major speech of her presidential campaign in Oakland, Calif. on Jan. 27, 2018. (Screen capture/C-SPAN)

(CNSNews.com) - Returning to her home town of Oakland, California this past weekend, Sen. Kamala Harris kicked off her "For the People" presidential campaign by speaking the "truth," as she sees it, about the United States:

"Let's speak some truth," Harris said, enumerating various "truths" about the economy (it's not working for working people); about the opioid crisis (it's the pharmaceutical industry's fault); about climate change (it's a real threat); and about the divided nation.

"And let's speak an uncomfortable but honest truth with one another: Racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia are real in this country. And they are age-old forms of hate with new fuel. And we need to speak that truth so we can deal with it."

 

With various "truths" as her preface, Harris made her big announcement:

"I stand before you today clear-eyed about the fight ahead and what has to be done," she said. "With faith in God, with fidelity to country, and with the fighting spirit I got from my mother -- I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States."

"And I will tell you, I am running for president because I love my country, I love my country."

Then Harris explained where she wants to take the country she loves:

I am running to fight for an America where the economy works for working people. For an American where you only have to work one job to pay the bills. And where hard work is rewarded and where any worker can join a union.

I am running to declare once and for all that health care is a fundamental right. And we will deliver that right with Medicare for all.

I am running to declare education is a fundamental right. And we will guarantee that right with universal pre-K and debt-free college.

I am running to guarantee working and middle-class families an overdue pay increase. We will deliver the largest working and middle-class tax cut in a generation, up to $500 per month to help America's families make ends meet. And we will pay for it by reversing this administration's giveaways to the top corporations and top one percent.

Harris said she will secure U.S. election integrity and voting rights; honor troops and veterans; make sure parents don't have to teach their sons that they may be in danger because of their race; and ensure that children can go to school "without being haunted by the horror of yet another killing spree."

She said she would welcome refugees, bring people out of the shadows and provide a pathway to citizenship. She emphasized an America where women "are respected where they live and work." And "where reproductive rights [abortion] are not just protected by the Constitution...but guaranteed in every state."

"And that is the America I believe in. That is the America I know we believe in..." Harris said.

The speech contained some of the same lines we've heard before, such as:

"We are at an inflection point in the history of our nation."

"The American dream and our American democracy are under attack and on the line like never before."

"As Americans, we have so much more in common than what separates us."

"America, we are better than this."

"Climate change is real and it is happening now."

"We can heal our nation. We can give our children the future they deserve."

"We can reclaim the American dream for every single person in our country."

And so on.

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