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Will Kamala Harris become the first US female President?

By Nina Steele 

kamala HarrisIf 2020 seems like a long way away for most people, it certainly isn’t for potential contenders for the role of nominee for the Democratic Party. Of those tipped as potential candidates is Kamala Harris, the newly elected senator for California. I came across a Facebook video that was contrasting her credentials against those of Bernie Sanders who lost out to Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party candidate in the 2016 presidential election. The video from The Young Turks, was suggesting that big donors were already lining up to support Harris. Apparently seeing her as the Democrats’ best chance of winning back The White House. And after reading up about her, I have to say that I understand what all the fuss is about. She does have quite a background story. The kind that gets voters excited, as did Obama’s candidacy in 2008.

Like Obama, she is of mixed heritage. Her mother is Indian and her father black American. That alone makes her stand out, since Indians and blacks don’t often mix. At a time when race is once again at the forefront of public debate, to have someone with her background makes people take notice, whether they like it or not. Also, just like when Obama first came to the attention of the public, she is fairly new to frontline politics, which some of her critics are already using against her.

As we all know, politics has become highly unpredictable. If a week was said to be a long time in politics, imagine what could happen 3 years from now. Having said that, I am willing to put my money on Kamala, because she simply stands out from the pack. Politics in the US has become so polarised and divisive that I believe someone like her is needed. To have a highly talented woman of colour making a case for the highest office in these troubled times, could just be what America needs. Some people have a star quality that simply cannot be ignored, and Kamala Harris is one of those people.

If she does indeed go all the way, she will of course go down in history as the first female President, and what an achievement that would be! That she is also childless just like a few other world leaders, such as Angela Merkel, makes her stand out even more. Her path to the presidency is far from assured of course, with battle lines already being drawn within the Democratic Party itself. Whatever happens, Kamala Harris is a name that I am sure we will hear more of.

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