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Kamala Harris announced Monday on "Good Morning America" that she will be running for president in 2020, a move that could make her the first woman and woman of color to serve as USA president if elected.

Harris, California's former attorney general who won a seat to replace longtime Democratic Sen.

"I have the unique experience of having been a leader in local government, state government and federal government", she said in an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America". I'm running to lift those voices.

Harris launched her presidential bid as the USA observes what would have been the 90th birthday of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. "There's no one who could say, 'I know exactly how to do it because I've done it before, ' because we have never seen this before with a very crowded field", Democratic political strategist Andrew Acosta said. "Let's claim our future, our ourselves, for our children and four our country".

The former prosecutor chose yellow and red for her campaign logo in a nod to Chisholm's bid for president with its red and yellow campaign buttons.

Still, he says Harris is on solid footing for the primaries, even with a large field of candidates expected.

Harris is likely to face questions about her law enforcement record, particularly after the Black Lives Matter movement and activists across the country pushed for a criminal justice overhaul.

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"I've been a little surprised that there hasn't been more talk about the other high-profile male candidates announcing", said Bret Nilles, chairman of the Linn County, Iowa, Democrats.

Despite the applause, other progressive voices have expressed skepticism that a former prosecutor with a mixed record on criminal justice and holding powerful interests to account can galvanize and inspire a Democratic Party shifting decisively to the left on those issues and others. Among those expected to join the race are senators Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown and Amy Klobuchar.

It is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary race, the victor of which would grab the party's nomination and challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 presidential race.

The California senator, who was elected in 2016, previously served as the state's attorney-general. Harris made it official Monday with a social media video that also introduced her campaign slogan: "For the people". She is also the first African-American candidate to enter the race, and her campaign rollout speaks to that significance: Her announcement comes on Martin Luther King Jr.

"We must understand that power that we have", she said in her first televised pitch to voters. She later celebrated when it was struck down, and later fondly recalled marrying same-sex couples, thumbing her nose at her duty as California's lawyer. When a reporter, who noted she is both African-American and Indian-American, asked how she would describe herself, Harris replied: "How do I describe myself?" The senator launched a witch hunt into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the sexual assault allegations broke, and she recently launched an inquisition into another Trump judicial nominee over his membership in the Catholic charity the Knights of Columbus.

"The American public wants a fighter, and they want someone that's going to fight like heck for them and not fight based on self-interest, and I'm prepared to do that", Harris said.

Harris will hold a formal campaign launch in Oakland next week.

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