"And I think she's someone that's trying to signal from the start that she belongs there in the conversation among the serious candidates for president".
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Elizabeth Warren of MA, who have taken steps toward presidential bids of their own, also have been confronted with questions about potential liabilities during appearances in Iowa this month.
Klein said he's struck by a couple of Democratic candidates who got in the race early and a few who are staying out.
Not only is Trump unqualified to be president, Schultz said, but Republicans and Democrats are failing the American people by engaging daily in "revenge politics". Trump can beat her. "We know that we've not yet reached those ideals, but our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals".
"I'm also intrigued by some of these people who are waiting a little bit".
In 2004, as district attorney of San Francisco, she refused to seek the death penalty against a man convicted of shooting police officer Isaac Espinoza, which many fellow Democrats opposed.
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Harris' campaign pointed to the social service aspect of the initiative, saying that arrests and other interactions with the criminal justice system were minimal and that the initiative forced schools to work more closely with parents of struggling children ― and support those parents too. Her campaign reported raising $1.5 million from roughly 38,000 donors during the first 24 hours after she announced her campaign on January 21. "We've seen the moves already by Harris, so I think she will be a first-year contender right off the bat". She said her platform will include several progressive policies like debt-free college and "Medicare for all", which would allow Americans to opt into government-run health coverage.
But in one area where he aligned with Democrats, Schultz said he supports a pathway to citizenship for those protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children who are also known as "Dreamers".
"Listen, the idea is that everyone gets access to medical care", she replied, making clear that she fully supports the proposal put forward by Sen.
Civil rights advocate Lateefah Simon responded: "(Ms Harris) became a prosecutor to give the job a perspective it had sorely lacked: "a voice for the voiceless and vulnerable.
Harris rarely mentioned Trump by name, but he was clearly a target.
Harris said throughout her life she has "only had one client: the people", echoing the words she has used in courtrooms and has adopted as her campaign's slogan. She certainly looks tough enough so far.