Now, Harris is trying to steer her campaign toward a higher finish in Iowa’s Caucuses. Harris spent the past five days campaigning in Iowa, traveling from Sioux City to Burlington, picking up an endorsement from former Iowa Democratic Party chairwoman Sue Dvorsky along the way.
“Her advice has been know the state, travel the state,” Harris told Radio Iowa. “…Hopefully getting to places where otherwise there may not be an airport there, but there are people there — people who deserve to be seen and heard.”
Harris was aboard her campaign bus as she spoke with Radio Iowa this weekend, discussing an inflection point in her own life. Harris failed the California bar exam on her first try in 1989, along with 40 percent of the other test-takers.
“It really required a lot of introspection from me about the importance of taking something seriously and working hard for it and not assuming that you’re going to get it done,” said Harris, who passed when she retook the bar exam in 1990. “And that’s a lesson I’ve carried with me my whole life.”
Harris often mentions her late mother as the inspiration for doing rather than talking.
“She’d say to me all the time: ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things. Make sure you’re not the last,'” Harris said Saturday during a speech on The Des Moines Register’s Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. “She’d say: ‘Don’t you ever let anyone tell you who you are. You tell them who you are.'”
Harris mentions her mother in the campaign ad that began airing in Iowa this week, along with what Harris calls her “three a.m. agenda” to address Americans’ economic insecurities.
Harris was a prosecutor before she was elected attorney general of California. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. On the campaign trail this year, Harris has borrowed Barack Obama’s “turn the page” phrase from late 2007, adding a twist targeting President Trump.
“‘Cause obviously dude gotta go,” Harris said Saturday.
If Harris replaces Trump as president, she’s promised to repeal the Trump-era tax cuts, use federal funds to boost teacher salaries and transition to Medicare for All to ensure health care for all. Last night, Harris was endorsed by the Asian and Latino Coalition of Iowa. Many of the Democratic candidates attended the group’s forums this past year. Harris visited the group three times, dropping by the group’s fundraiser this past Saturday night.