'Momela' Kamala Does Kimmel: 'We Have a Very Modern Family'

By Susan Jones | March 20, 2019 | 5:26 AM EDT

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) campaigns in Las Vegas on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), now a presidential contender, told Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday night how to pronounce her name, a discussion that led  her to explain what her stepchildren call her.

"We have a huge, very modern family," she told him.

"Are people learning how to pronounce your first name?" Kimmel asked the senator.

"It helps when I tell them that it's, like, 'comma,' like a punctuation mark, and then add a 'la,'" Harris replied.


"I think of comma-la and my mom-ela," Kimmel joked, telling Harris that she looks like his mother.

"That's what our kids call me," Harris told Kimmel. "We don't use the term in our family, 'stepmother.' I think that Disney messed that up for everybody. But they are technically my stepchildren. But they are my children. And they call me Momela. And we have a very modern family. My husband's ex-wife -- the kids' mother -- and her mother came to our house for Thanksgiving...And we have a huge, very modern family. It's really great, actually."

Harris told Kimmel she is enjoying running for president and she fully intends to win.

On substantive issues, she said she is "open to the discussion" about abolishing the electoral college, something Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) endorsed at a CNN town hall Monday night.

"I mean, there's no question that the popular vote has been diminished in terms of making the final decision about who's the president of the United States, and we need to deal with that, so I'm open to the discussion," Harris said.

Kimmel asked Harris how her policies differ from the many other Democrats also running for president.

I think one of the distinctions, I have the background of having been a leader. And I think that the voters are going to decide who will be the next commander in chief and president of the United States based on experience, of leading.

And I led at the local government level, at the state government, and now the federal government. I was the district attorney of San Francisco. I was the attorney general of California where I led an office of almost five-thousand people, and now obviously in the United States Senate.

I think people are going to want and look to who has a demonstrated ability to be a fighter, and to be a fighter for the people. I've done that work. I took on the five big banks of the United States when we were fighting for the homeowners of California, and by extension, the nation, around the foreclosure crisis and when they were, you know, basically stealing from homeowners around these predatory mortgage practices.

I also believe that what voters are going to want, is they are going to want that there is someone who has the proven ability to prosecute the case against this administration. And this president.

And that is going to be about having an ability, and a proven ability, to be able to articulate the evidence that makes the case for why we need new leadership in this country.

Kimmel followed up: "You're saying if you are president and Donald Trump is out of the White House you will then continue to prosecute him and his various hench characters?"

"I am very supportive of Bob Mueller being able to finish his process and do his job," Harris said.

"Yeah, tell him to finish his process already," Kimmel added.

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