Listen: Kamala Harris and the race for the Democratic presidential nomination
"The race for the US democratic presidential nominee is hotting up with a huge field of twenty three candidates all hoping to run against Donald Trump in twenty twenty Coney weavers focused in one of those candidates Kamala Harris and she talks to never hawk about how the campaign is shaping up. I've been a career as a prosecutor, I prosecuted banks, I've prosecuted big pharmaceutical companies who were preying on the most vulnerable in consumers. I prosecuted the big banks and for profit colleges who were defrauding homeowners and consumers. And I'm gonna tell you somebody else was defraud at the American people. Donald trump. So we need to prosecute the case, and I wanna tell you, as a rap sheet malevolence to make the case. Let's look at what happened. He promised healthcare. And then he tried to repel care where for millions of people, what's that caused healthcare fraud. He said he was for working people, then he passed a tax Bill benefiting the top one percent and the biggest corporations in this country that's tax fraud. He believes the president of Russia and a North Korean dictator over the word of the American intelligence community securities frost. And then he claims to be the best president, we've seen in a generation. Well, let's say let's call Barack Obama because that's identity fraud. We just had a clip from communist house, speaking to recent campaign valley in Iowa Courtney, I tell us why you chose to profile her in particular of all the potential democratic nominees. That's a good question. I think the reason I thought Harris was so interesting was because there's so many candidates that have really been on our radar for while Joe Biden as run for president twice before Bernie Sanders has run once before, and there was this warrant, even though, this is her first campaign, we've heard a lot about her during the financial crisis. Whereas Kamala Harris, I think people know who she has maybe, maybe no little bit about her background that she was attorney general, California. But I think a lot of people I have spoken to here in DC. And then around the US, they didn't really have a sense of her at who she was as a person her background and her ideology. And so that's why I was gonna fast to learn more about her and kind of see what she stood for. So she was attorney general of California. What was she doing before? That was about ground. Then says she grew up in Oakland, which is right outside San Francisco. And after. Graduating from law school. She was working in the district attorney's office there and she launched this kind of underdog campaign to be district. Attorney of San Francisco when she was in her thirties. And she was running against too much better known competitors. No one thought she had a chance. She was pulling in the single digits at the beginning of her race and against all the odds, she managed to beat them. She ended up run off with one, and then she unseated the incumbent, and this propelled, her into talk of being, you know, future attorney general of California, which she was, and then Senator, California and kind of launch us remark low rise for her in a short time. She has done a good job as district attorney and attorney general Senator at the time and San Francisco, I think record is very well, regarded, it's kind of an interesting story, so she was running again against a better known white male, Republican opponent and people thought at the time, you know how can a progressive, you know, she calls herself a progressive. How can you know, liberal San Francisco district attorney beat him in a runoff in California, which. Typically tends to pick a Republican attorney generals, and she did. But now, she's in this interesting position where, you know, at her attorney general race. She was criticized for being too liberal not tough enough. And now during the democratic primary, she's getting it from the other end of the stick, and people are saying, well, you know, she calls herself a progressive prosecutor, but looking back at a record, there are other things that she could have done for criminal Justice reform that she didn't do, so she's got you could Susan the how you doing overall? Would you say out of the twenty three candidates he at twenty three? So she had this huge impressive, launch in January, the campaign estimates that there were more than twenty thousand people at heraldic Oakland, which was just huge. She raised a very impressive amount of money in the first twenty four hours. And then in the first quarter, she did pretty well fundraising, what's as well. And since then, her name is gift out of the two thousand twenty narrative people like Biden, or Bernie Sanders or people to judge who's the mayor of south bend, Indiana, who had this meteoric rise in the polls. And now Elizabeth Warren, as well. They seem to be sucking up more of the attention. And some people have been wondering why is she not doing better in the race? And and why isn't she getting that attention in the clip? She's talking about prosecution. Donald Trump is on reaching out to the democratic base will not boost chances. Do you think not kind of tough talk? Yeah. I think there's a lot of people in the democratic base right now who want to see impeachment proceedings began against Donald Trump, and who want the Democrats take further action. I think within the field of two thousand twenty candidates, she kind of went out on a limb on that. The others IP Buddha judge who said, you know, being president, your job is not to prosecute your political enemies, and some people are drawing comparisons between Trump's own two thousand sixteen campaign and the locker up slogan that his supporters, which hand against Hillary Clinton, and, and how badly that was taken by some on the left, but I do think there is a wide swath of the democratic primary electorate who do want to see action taken against Donald Trump, who do think that there should be obstruction of Justice charges brought against him. And you'll research for the article the written after weekend magazine you've met a lot of people who've actually worked with camera. What would I, I think my biggest takeaway is, you know, she is someone who does her homework? She doesn't like to make mistakes. She likes to be well prepared. They said she's not a fly by the seat of your pants politician that she likes to go into meetings feeling like she has control of the situation. I know some people in her current office when she does briefings she likes to do them in a very small number, because she doesn't want to be surrounded by all these people, and maybe say something that comes off, as ignorant her that she doesn't have control of the facts or the situation, and she's just kind of applied this diligence in this persistence to her career into everything that she's gone after they said that she has her eyes on the prize, and you see that now with for jumping from attorney general to Senator to presidential campaign."