Kamala Harris drops out of 2020 presidential race


Kamala Harris is ending her Democratic
presidential campaign. She was initially one of the favorites to take on Donald
Trump in the 2020 race. For more I want to bring in political commentator and
pollster Fernand Amandi. He hosts the ‘Strange Days’ podcast and is a lecturer
at the University of Miami’s political science department so, Fernand what’s
your initial reaction to that well the news? Andrew it’s really not surprising
when you look at the fact that Senator Harris’s poll numbers in both the early
primary States and at the national level have been gradually declining over the
last few months. She entered this race as you alluded to with a lot of fanfare,
very high expectations and at one point looked to be the odds-on favorite to win
especially after a very powerful early debate performance in June of this year
but as we see throughout these campaigns for the presidency, they rely on money
and they rely on support, and she was really lacking those over the last few
months and that’s why I think she is concluded her campaign today. Why? I mean at one but she started strongly at one point Harris was seen as potentially the
most formidable candidate against Donald Trump, so why did she lack the support?
Why did she lack the money? Well, I think some of the recommendations that are
coming out now questions about how the campaign was organized and structured
what the strategic focus was as well. A decision to not necessarily play
in South Carolina which was a state that seemed geared towards her strengths and
advantages there is a tremendous African-American vote in that state, she
chose instead to put all of her chips in the early contests of Iowa and yet was
not able to gain traction there. I think one of the other elements that folks are
looking at we saw this in Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency in 2008
often times a presidential campaign is an indicator of how someone will govern
when they are in office is President, Obama’s campaign famous for the no-drama
Obama style very organized, very precise whereas all throughout the campaign
Harris’s candidacy was plagued by infighting and turmoil and organizational issues, and I think all those factors together have led us to this
point where she’s now out of the race and the sweepstakes to become the
Democratic nominee in 2020. How much of a factor do you think that she was in such
a crowded field and look the field is still so crowded? Well indeed it is and
you know what one has to keep in mind there are now still over a dozen
candidates in the race, only one can end up the victor, there’s only one survivor
in the presidential nomination sweepstakes. But I think the fact that
she is a candidate that still had a very albeit smaller but impassioned base of
support I think you’re going to see the other candidates look to try and court
the Harris support base not only that senator Harris herself is someone who
already now is going to be on the shortlist of whoever emerges as the
Democratic nominees running mate choice because she brings a lot of attractive
qualities to the table, she’s young, she’s dynamic, she’s proved on the campaign to
be very articulate. She also is a female and an african-american which represents
a very important part of the Democratic base constituency, so I don’t think we’ve
heard the last yet of senator Harris on the national scene. Where’s what’s your
hunch about where her supporters go? Well you know she was trying to stake out a
candidacy that bridged the two elements of the Democratic constituency, the
moderate centrist elements and the progressive left elements. So that’s
going to be the interesting question I think right now you will certainly see
Joe Biden, who there was certainly an effort early on in the race for him to
try and enlist her people in her support, you’ll see him play there. But also for
those two remaining female candidates that have a chance to still win the
nomination talk me of course about senator Elizabeth Warren from
Massachusetts and senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota, I think you’ll see both
of those camps trying and garner some of that support from Harris supporters who
are now looking for who they may want to get behind. How unusual is it that there
are still so many candidates, I mean this is just if you if you were to
predict who would win I mean that’s a challenging thing to do right now isn’t
it? Well, it is it and it isn’t you’re correct Andrew. We
are in an unprecedented situation to see really this many candidates this late in
the process certainly on the Democratic side there have been a baker’s dozen
before there have been six or seven but never this many that are still in the 14
15 candidate count. But the truth of the matter is looking at it objectively as a
political analyst right, now to my eyes there are really only four or five
viable candidates that really have a shot at capturing the nomination next
year and this winnowing process is very natural and actually as you get into the
early part of next year, I think you’ll see the race truncate and protract even
more we may be down to less than ten candidates by the time we get to the new
year. Fernand, thank you. Fernand Amandi in Miami, the political strategists and
pollster is also the host of the ‘Strange Days’ podcast.


100 Responses

  1. kasey LOCKRIDGE

    December 3, 2019 9:23 pm

    She might as well drop out the race because she didn't have the black vote like she thought she did…she thought she was the voice for Black People GTFOH

  2. megon gon

    December 3, 2019 9:28 pm

    Why don't all those others get a clue by now? Julian, klobachar, all those unknowns, GET A CLUE, wasting space.

  3. Robert Lue

    December 3, 2019 9:30 pm

    Ms. KH is just “Talk”.
    She was in for the “Power and Money”.
    Who are they?
    Got Rich, doing the bidding for the Uber Rich and the Corporate types.
    Not sorry to see her GO.

  4. Michael Hensley

    December 3, 2019 9:37 pm

    Kamala's charisma, victim pandering, and Trump hate got her to the big stage. Once there, she had no message, no vision, and nothing to say.

  5. Manasa Konataci

    December 3, 2019 9:47 pm

    Tulsi removed her popularity with her factual record. It striked her in her face which she could not recover from.

  6. Michael Vanderford

    December 3, 2019 10:17 pm

    The power brokers wanted her in as long as they could to siphon off voters from Bernie. She got played.

  7. Mottahead

    December 3, 2019 10:29 pm

    Kamala Harris is blaming it on Bloomberg running.

    How hard is it when your would-be sponsor decides instead to run himself?

  8. sovereign254

    December 3, 2019 10:54 pm

    She was never a top contender. Her real numbers were much lower than the stats the DNC and others cherry-picked to make her look like she was a top-tier candidate. She was done the moment Tulsi Gabbard destroyed her in the 2nd debate I think it was.

  9. S S

    December 3, 2019 11:20 pm

    who is this neckbeard? president is selected by the Bilderberg group, not elected, so all this is just horse & pony

  10. huckleberryfinn01

    December 3, 2019 11:55 pm

    It's all fun and games until Andrew Yang outpolls, outraises and outlasts you. Yang just raised $2M in a week with $750,000 in 24 hours. 300,000+ unique donors. YOUTUBE ANDREW YANG. You're welcome.

  11. SoundScientist1

    December 4, 2019 12:05 am

    Good riddance. She is a scummy, unethical dog (with a horrible record during her time doing prosecutorial work in California).

  12. Tommy Dee

    December 4, 2019 1:47 am

    Again, if the Democrats want to take down Trump next year, they need to pick a candidate that can really turn out the youth vote. Candidates like Kamala Harris, and especially Joe Biden aren't the type to appeal to young voters.

  13. G Lewis

    December 4, 2019 2:17 am

    The only Dem not completely corrupt and worthy of the nomination is Tulsi. Biden and Sanders are proof that there needs to be a younger age gap on candidates

  14. Victor Chec8timi

    December 4, 2019 3:30 am

    Respect to her. She won’t be president but she’ll have some important positions in the gov.

  15. Derek Woodford

    December 4, 2019 4:29 am

    I wonder when the Dems will come up with a candidate that has a chance to beat Trump, clearly not this round. Trump 2020!

  16. Raphael Sims

    December 4, 2019 8:20 am

    she not black another half breed obama nwo implant to take down America smh wasent going to be president anyway to give our country away wtf

  17. Juju Rellama

    December 4, 2019 9:38 am

    give her the martyr status…,couldn't have happened to a "nicer" person. The only road left for her is to go back to her wonderful California to clean up the mess she left behind.

  18. Antwort Mir

    December 4, 2019 8:21 pm

    First you complain about the toddler mentality of a Donald Trump and now you’re behaving like a sulking toddler. With this (useless) crying, the Democrats will not win the 2020 elections. … Scratch each other’s eyes out (Democrat vs. Democrat)! You are doing the Republicans a big big favor. .. Blaming racism and billionaires for any defeat becomes boring, is boring. . . . And a bunch of plastic flowers. . . . There was a little girl. . . . She’d make a great VP!

  19. Yoshiki77

    December 4, 2019 9:47 pm

    Harris definitely ended up with more support than was initially thought she could garner. She choose a more moderate platform and it looks like that cost her. As unsurprising as her being antagonized by goofball alt-right incels, it's even more pathetic for her to be antagonized by the likes of Gabbard supporters. Tulsi is even more moderate than Harris, but that's about the only way Tulsi surpasses anything about Harris. Harris will definitely be a leading candidate for AG and will probably be in the discussion for VP depending on who ends up being the candidate.

  20. Shaddy Raindrop

    December 5, 2019 6:39 am

    She has no Black Vote and we all know if you want win you need Black vote . And she was against black men and so GFTOH karmla 🖕🏽

  21. ralph lee

    December 6, 2019 1:35 pm

    Poor Kamala. What a Loss To The Fragmented, Worthless and Weak "Democratic Party" The Last Real Democrat Died With JFK. From Lyndon Johnson On, There Has Been Nothing But Vote-Pandering Liberal Progressives. GO TRUMP IN 2020 !!!  MAGA !!!


    December 6, 2019 8:52 pm

    @KamalaHarris I'm so glad you're out!! Shame on you for committing treason against the American people! You are a foreign agent! The Act of 1871.


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