Sen. Kamala Harris enters 2020 presidential race: 4 things to know

Alyssa Rege - Print  | 

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., announced her bid for the 2020 presidency Jan. 21, CNN reports.

"The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values," Ms. Harris said in her announcement, according to CNN. "That's why I'm running for president of the United States. I'm running to lift those voices, to bring our voices together."

Four things to know:

1. Ms. Harris is the first African-American woman to announce a 2020 run, and is the fourth woman to do so thus far, the report states. Among her competitors for the Democratic nomination are Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., CNN reports.

2. Several of Ms. Harris' aides said her platform will incorporate Sen. Bernie Sanders', I-Vt., "Medicare for All" proposal, which is projected to cost more than $30 trillion over a 10-year period, The Washington Post reports.

3. Ms. Harris officially announced her intent to co-sponsor Mr. Sanders' Medicare for All proposal in August 2018.

4. In September 2018, Ms. Harris voted in favor of the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, which aimed to prohibit insurers and prescription benefit managers from concealing lower prescription drug prices from patients, according to Vote Smart. The same month, she also voted to pass a bill to increase the nation's opioid epidemic response efforts, which President Donald Trump signed into law in October 2018.

To learn more about Ms. Harris' voting record, click here.

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