Listen: Kamala Harris drops out of presidential race
"Breaking News in two thousand twenty lead after a promising start with huge crowds and impressive fundraising numbers California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris this afternoon soon announced she is dropping out of the race for presidency and ends. Jeff Ellen joins me now in Senator Harris blame her decision squarely on on money. That was her official reason. And that is the reason. Of course she was getting out of the race she simply did not have the money to go forward and pay the staffers of course. Why wasn't she raising money? That is essential question here. She found herself without a particular home. She wasn't a progressive SH- wasn't necessarily a moderate shed a couple of feet in both camps. She started that way. Back in January anywhere when you asked her if she was for Medicare for all she vacillated a bit and now it's sort of a sign of what was to come for her campaign but she address her supporters this afternoon in a video and and this is why. She said she couldn't go forward. I've taken stock and I've looked at this from every angle and over the last few days I have come to one one of the hardest decisions of my life. So here's the deal guys. My campaign for President simply does not have the financial resources to continue and the financial resources. We need to continue so the reality here there is. She saw the writing on the wall. She actually was going to be on the debate. Stage in two weeks in California. Yeah so many of her supporters were hoping that she would stay in until that point trying to make one last chance to check. I am told she was thinking about her own future. By dropping out now she will will not be on the California ballot that means. She won't lose miserably. There she of course is almost certainly to run for reelection. Twenty twenty two there as senator so by dropping out now that happens she also preserves her political future here. Long after the primary settled she certainly will be in the running to be a running mate. We don't know how hi this is going to go but by getting out. Now she's sort of leaves with our dignity intact but so many people were surprised by the fact that she was not able to catch on a lot of reasons for that. Some of which we've talked about and the democratic debate in this month as of right now the only candidates that have that have made the stage now now that Harris's out our our white despite this incredibly diverse field of candidates. Let me just ask you. How do you think benefits the most from this? Let's say in Iowa the first state the caucus state Who Will Benefit from from her dropping out? I mean I think at this point when you look at the people in the race Amy Klobuchar. I'm keeping my eye on there in Iowa. She's coming on much stronger particularly after the last couple of debates really raising questions on the reality of some of these plans so look for her to assume some of Senator Harris's support also Cory Booker Booker. He needs to make his last stand there. He has a strong organization there so he can consolidate any of his support will see but also someone when probably not in the Warren Sanders camp more likely in the other camp here so all of her people are up for grabs yeah. Booker has not made the December debate. At least as Jeff Zeleny thanks so much"