AP Interview: Kamala Harris on Race and Electability in 2020
EW ORLEANS (AP) — Kamala Harris can’t forget the older black woman she met in Iowa while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama before the state’s 2008 caucus.
“I remember her saying to me, ‘They’re not going to let him win,’” Harris recalled. “She did not want to go to the caucuses. She didn’t want to be disappointed.”
For Harris, it was a revealing moment, one she says illustrated the limitations many Americans, including black Americans, place on who is considered electable for the nation’s highest office.
Twelve years later, with American politics roiled by issues of race and gender, it’s Harris asking Americans to expand their definition of electability once again.