A Christian political science professor and analyst contends that Kamala Harris is a "long shot" to become president of the United States. Perhaps also is Cory Booker, the most recent Democrat to toss his hat into the ring.
Harris, the Democratic U.S. senator and former attorney general of California, made quite a splash last weekend when she officially declared her candidacy for president before an estimated 20,000 people in her home town of Oakland, California. Booker, the former mayor of Newark, NJ, and now near the end of his first full six-year term as a U.S. senator for the state, made his entry official on this morning.
Both Harris and Booker have been in the news limelight in recent months as Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (in picture above) during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. Following their fiery confrontations with the Supreme Court nominee, both of them were accused by conservatives of using the hearings as a platform from which to make their case as potential presidential candidates.
Like Booker, Harris is in her first term in the Senate – albeit for a shorter period of time. She took office in January 2017. But Dr. Charles Dunn, professor emeritus of government at Clemson University, says the problem for Harris is that she is from California.
"Kamala Harris is a long shot," he tells OneNewsNow. "She's from California, which is far outside the mainstream of America. [And] California is so hard pressed financially that when people begin to look at her record and where she built her record in a state that has produced [now-Governor Gavin] Newsom and a host of financial problems, they will [ask themselves] Whoa, do we want her as president?"
And Harris, says Dunn, is rather presumptuous in thinking she's qualified to be president. "She is new to the United States Senate and already thinks herself capable of becoming president of the United States. When did that last happen?" he asks, alluding to the meteoric rise of Barack Obama from the Senate to the White House.
It remains to be seen how the public will react to Booker's announcement of his Oval Office aspirations – but it came as no surprise Friday morning when he launched a new website and tweeted a short video making official his jumping into the fray.
Harris and Booker join three other Democrats in Congress who have announced their intentions to seek their party's presidential nomination: Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), and Representative Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii). Others expected to eventually add their names are Ohio's Senator Sherrod Brown and Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders.