Rep. Marcia Fudge: 'People of Color Are Going to Determine Who Our Nominee Is Going to Be'

By Susan Jones | August 15, 2019 | 7:55am EDT
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) came out early with her presidential endorsement. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( - "I am supporting Kamala Harris. That is my candidate," Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) announced Thursday morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"I think there is no one better to make the case against number 45 than Kamala Harris. I think she is positioned well right now, and she's just going to continue to do better. So I'm excited about it," Fudge said. She added that Harris has "energy" and a "fresh face."


"And of course, she's an African-American woman. So that is very, very important to me as well," Fudge said.

Fudge said black women like her have growing influence in the Democrat Party:

"Remember that black women are the biggest and best voting block in the Democratic Party, that African-Americans and people of color are going to determine who our nominee is going to be. We are the base. If we support her (Harris) and we come out, she will win."

Fudge said she appreciates Harris's focus on domestic terrorism, which Fudge linked to "white supremacy."

"Yeah, she's talking about domestic terrorism. I mean, certainly white supremacy is not new to this country, and it's real. And what she has done, not only as the attorney general of California when she dealt with hate crimes in a way that no one else on this ticket has, she has developed a plan that will say that you can't just sell guns online and there not be a background check. That we can't make domestic terrorism an afterthought.

"We need to deal with it directly and make sure that our counterterrorism people deal with it directly. So I think that her plan is going to be a good one. There's no one better qualified than persons of color to talk about white supremacy. It is something we've dealt with all of our lives. So I think that she's uniquely positioned to do that."

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