Sen. Kamala Harris’ US Tour Fuels Talk About A 2020 Presidential Bid

By Sarah D. Wire
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As columnist Sarah Wire reports, “Kamal Harris’ packed travel schedule is another sign of the freshman California senator’s rising profile in the Democratic Party.”

COLUMBUS, Ohio

Michelle Garrett craned to snap a photo of Sen. Kamala Harris amid the sea of cellphones and campaign signs at a get-out-the-vote rally for Ohio Democrats, sliding her “Sherrod Brown for Senate” lawn sign under a chair to protect it from jostling feet.

“I can’t believe she’s here. For us, it’s like a rock star,” Garrett, 52, of Worthington, Ohio, said. “I’ve gone to things for Sherrod before, but … having her is like the cherry on top.”

Rookie senators aren’t usually in such high demand to speak and raise money on behalf of colleagues in other parts of the country. But Harris’ packed travel schedule is another sign of the freshman California senator’s rising profile in the Democratic Party.

And it’s probably no accident that campaigning for Democratic candidates in more than a dozen states has taken Harris, seen as a possible 2020 presidential candidate, to several important primary states.

Last month she raised money for the Democratic candidate for governor in Iowa. This week she’ll campaign for candidates in South Carolina. At the end of October she is scheduled to campaign in Wisconsin for Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Over last weekend, Harris visited Columbus, Ohio, for the rally and a fundraiser for Brown before speaking to more than a thousand Democrats at the annual Ohio Democratic Party dinner. Monday she traveled to Cleveland for another fundraiser.

Demand for Harris was so high that initially her schedule included two fundraisers and a speech within a three-hour period on Saturday night.

But those plans fell apart when Harris and the rest of the Senate had to remain in Washington for the vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.

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