President Donald Trump is barely six months into his first term as president and he may already have his first 2020 challenger.
The Hill reports that Democratic fundraisers say progressive darling Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will “absolutely” be running for the White House in 2020.
"She’s running for president. Take it to the bank,” a Democratic fundraiser told The Hill. “She’s absolutely going to run."
According to The Hill, Democrats see Harris, 52, as a person who embodies "the qualities a Democratic presidential candidate would need to win the White House in 2020” despite only being a freshman senator.
“There’s a big hunger out there for somebody new and different,” Bill Carrick, a Democratic consultant, told The Hill. "People are looking for champions. She’s in that category. There are people who might not know her real well but want to like her. What little they know, they like."
The report comes just days after Harris met with a group of influential Democrats, donors, fundraisers and some of Hillary Clinton’s “inner circle” in the Hamptons to presumably discuss running for president.
A person with knowledge of Harris’ meeting told the New York Post that the meeting was held so Harris could begin expanding her "influence and ambitions” as she "takes a national stage."
"Kamala is the big Democratic star right now, at a time when they badly need a star,” the person told the Post.
Indeed, Harris is full of potential and star power.
In addition to being young, influential, experienced, well-connected and very progressive, Harris is also becoming a top fundraiser for the Democratic Party — a trait any successful presidential candidate must have.
From The Hill:
Since November, Harris has become one of her party’s biggest draws: She has raised upwards of $600,000 for Senate candidates in recent months, and she recently raised $227,000 in an email for MoveOn.Org, according to sources close to Harris.
Her fans see her as an antidote to Donald Trump and as a candidate who could feed off the so-called resistance to the Republican president.
Still, despite the recent hubbub surrounding Harris, she said at a tech conference in May that she hasn’t considered running for president and is only worried about her job in the Senate.
"I’m not giving that any consideration. I’ve got to stay focused,” Harris said at the conference when asked about national aspirations, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Harris is the former California attorney general and previously served as the district attorney of San Francisco.