Sen. Kamala Harris said Friday that she plans to make a decision “soon” about whether she will seek the presidency in 2020.
“I believe our country wants and needs some leadership that provides a vision of the country in which everyone could see themselves,” Harris said on MNBC’s “Morning Joe” when asked why she wants to be president.
However, the California Democrat has sidestepped questions about when she would officially toss her hat in the ring. Her Senate colleague, Elizabeth Warren, announced her candidacy earlier this month in what is expected to be a crowded field of Democratic candidates.
Harris was on the program to promote her memoir, “The Truths We Hold,” which was published this week. In the book, Harris addresses the liberal critiques of her record as a prosecutor as she nears a decision on whether to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.
Harris slammed the president during the interview over his role in the partial government shutdown, which is nearing the end of its third week. Trump is demanding billions to build his long-promised border wall, which Democrats have rejected, leading to the budget impasse that has resulted in the shutdown.
“The president is holding the American people hostage over this vanity project,:” Harris said. “This is a crisis if his own making.”
The senator said that the president, who has floated the idea of declaring a national emergency as a way of bypassing Congress to build the wall, is using “political manipulation” in the fight…