Will Sen. Kamala Harris Run For President? She Played Coy On 'Ellen.'

"You're right..."

The search for the first female president continues. Sen. Kamala Harris smiled and dodged a question about her plans to run for president in 2020 while on The Ellen Show Thursday.  Host Ellen DeGeneres brought up the topic gingerly, conceding that Harris probably wouldn't answer and then asked anyway. Smiling, Harris told her she was right but then explained why.


"Right now, we are in the early months of 2018," Harris said. "I've seen so many people focus on that thing out there and then trip over this right here. I don't want to trip. There so much that's important right now. "

Regardless, a lack of a clear yes-or-no answer this early in the game certainly suggests that Harris — who, if she won her party's primary, would be the first woman of color to become a major party nominee — is considering a run.

Harris listed a slew of issues she felt were more important for people to focus on right now: health care, student loan debt, DACA, passing an assault weapons ban and expanding background checks for gun sales. She noted that people across the country were worried about paying their bills and affording gas, and she preferred to focus on those critical issues.

When she was done responding, DeGeneres paused for a moment and then quipped: "Who would be your vice president?" 

"Got any plans?" Harris responded with a laugh.

Harris is a favorite among the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. She co-sponsored Sen. Bernie Sanders' legislation for single-payer health care and pushed a bill that would make revenge porn a federal crime. Harris, whose father was a Jamaican immigrant and whose mother immigrated from India, also introduced a bill to provide legal counsel for any immigrant being detained in the United States.

During their interview, Harris touched on how she was moved by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students leading the gun control fight.

"There are so many things that are happening right now where people are taking to the streets," Sen. Harris said. "We have to remember that it's not about fighting against something, it's fighting for something. And it is fighting with a spirit of love of country. And that's really important to remember: we love our country."

She also spoke candidly about the negative experiences of 2017 and how she was trying to change her attitude. 

"I decided at the end of the last year, there was so much that was creating anxiety and depression and anger, and I just — I'm done with that," Sen. Harris said. "I don't like that feeling and I don't think any of us do. Let's just go into 2018 and be joyful warriors."

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