Though she has yet to confirm her candidacy, speculation swirls around the possibility of Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) running for president. With that hype comes critique that the African- and South Asian-American politician’s past actions as California’s attorney general and San Francisco’s district attorney—including challenging opposition to the death penalty—undercut her progressive image. In an article published today (January 8), several policy experts told The Associated Press that Harris’ new memoir, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” reads as an attempt to reckon with her past ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
“It’s a presidential campaign, and every aspect of a candidate’s record is going to be scrutinized, and they’re going to have to answer for it,” Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service director Mo Elleithee said. “She knows that [her criminal justice positions are] something that’s heading her way, and a good candidate is one who doesn’t wait for it to hit them. A good candidate is someone who addresses it proactively, and she appears to be doing that.”