Democrat Kamala Harris announces presidential run
Democratic senator Kamala Harris, who represents California, says she will run for president in the 2020 election.
Ms Harris, who was elected in 2016, previously served as the state’s attorney general.
“I love my country,” she told ABC’s Good Morning America, adding she would “fight for the best of who we are”.
Several Democrats have said they are intending to run, including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard and John Delaney.
“The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values. That’s why I’m running for president of the United States,” the 54-year-old senator said in a video posted on Twitter.
Ms Harris served two terms as district attorney of San Francisco (2004-2011), before being elected as attorney general of California (2011-2017), the first woman of colour to do so.
She is the fifth Democrat to join a crowded battle for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election and has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 21, 2019