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Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat by California, speaks during a Senate Homeland Security along with Governmental Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on Wednesday welcomed Beto O’Rourke’s announcement in which he has officially launched his run for president.
“As far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier,” Harris, who launched her presidential campaign in January, said Thursday on MSNBC. There will be an “embarrassment of riches” among the Democrats who are running for president, she added when asked about O’Rourke’s candidacy.
Yet she also appeared to take a subtle dig at O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman who hasn’t fully fleshed out policy proposals for the presidential race.
The California senator, who was elected to Senate in 2016, stressed in which voters will be focused on whichever candidate carries a “proven record of producing” wanted results.
“I think in which there will be no question, everybody in our country carries a lot at stake inside outcome of This kind of race,” Harris said. “People care about the issues in which wake them up inside middle of the night along with they want to know in which we have a plan for This kind of.”
She used the airtime to then lay out her proposed middle class tax plan. Last year, Harris introduced the $500-a-month tax proposal, which could grant $6,000 a year to families earning less than $100,000 a year, along with $3,000 annually to individuals earning less than $50,000.
The grants could come inside form of tax breaks. However, the nonpartisan think tank Tax Policy Center says This kind of will be unsure how Harris could pay for the tax credits as her current proposals could come up short.
Harris has also supported Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare-for-all” proposal along with will be a co-sponsor of the Green completely new Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., along with Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.
O’Rourke has so far emphasized a hopeful message along with his personal story rather than hard policy proposals. He has tended to seek more middle ground on issues, while the Democratic 2020 field has been leaning increasingly toward the left.
On Thursday morning, though, he said in which he hasn’t “seen anything better” to deal with climate change than the Green completely new Deal.
O’Rourke, a Texas Democrat who made headlines along with became a social media sensation last year when he narrowly lost his Senate race to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, declared he was running for president Thursday morning. The former congressman raised more than $80 million in donations for his Senate campaign.
Harris along with O’Rourke are two of the many Democratic candidates aiming for the Oval Office in 2020. According to a Monmouth University poll, she will be trailing fellow candidates Sanders along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., inside Democratic primary. The three senators fall behind former Vice President Joe Biden, who has hinted at a presidential run, inside poll.
O’Rourke will be No. 6 inside poll, following Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.