California Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris has officially re-entered the 2020 presidential race Tuesday after being tapped by Democratic nominee Joe Biden to run on the ticket this November.
It was just more than a year ago that Harris was mounting a competitive presidential bid of her own, surging as a top-tier candidate in the Democrat primary after ambushing Biden on the prime time debate stage, charging her new running mate as a racist segregationist. Watch that here.
In July, Harris entered the next debate as a principal target from Democratic rivals seeking to thwart her momentum in the crowded contest. Among the most notable moments to emerge from the event featured Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard tearing into Harris’s record as California’s attorney general, highlighting her glaring hypocrisy over marijuana use.
“Senator Harris said she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president,” Gabbard said, “But I’m deeply concerned about this record.”
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Gabbard continued, saying of Harris:
She put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations, and then laughed about it when she was asked if she’d ever smoked marijuana. She blocked evidence that would have freed a man from death row until the courts forced her to do so. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California. And she fought to keep cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way.
— America Rising (@AmericaRising) August 1, 2019
Harris responded saying she’s “proud of that record,” and quickly lost ground in the polls from which she never recovered. Harris dropped out of the race in December, two months before the first contest in Iowa.