California Senator Kamala Harris remained coy about her presidential hopes on Thursday’s Late Show, but the Democrat did tease the possibility of a 2020 run.
“Many people who put out books two years before a presidential election do so to introduce themselves in a broad way to the American people,” Stephen Colbert said, referencing her new memoir The Truths We Hold: An American Journey. “Are you gonna run for president?” Harris nodded and smiled, as if holding back a secret, and said, “I might,” before erupting with laughter.
Colbert addressed the rumor that Harris might announce her candidacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 21st. But the politician slyly side-stepped the question, instead noting, “We should always honor the great Dr. Martin Luther King.”
Earlier in her Late Show interview, Harris criticized President Trump for shutting down the government after failing to receive $5.7 billion in funding to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border. The shutdown, currently in its 21st day, is now tied for the longest in U.S. history.
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“It is outrageous. It is irresponsible,” Harris said of the shutdown, which has affected roughly 800,000 federal workers. “These … people come with families; they come with communities who are all suffering because this president had a campaign promise that was ridiculous, and he is now afraid that it will cost him politically if he doesn’t follow through on it.”
Harris, widely cited as a potential Democratic frontrunner in the 2020 race, also praised some of her Republican colleagues for “speaking the truth” about the shutdown. “We need to get the government back up and running and stop holding the American people hostage because of the president’s vanity project,” she said. Harris also emphasized that the shutdown, regardless of length, “will not end with a wall.”