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Politics Kamala Harris to young Black women at conference: 'I want you to be ambitious'

22:43  01 august  2020
22:43  01 august  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is in consideration to be former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate, appeared to respond to criticism that she was "too ambitious" on Friday while speaking to an audience of young Black women.

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"There will be a resistance to your ambition, there will be people who say to you, 'you are out of your lane,'" Harris said during a livestream conversation for the Black Women Lead 2020 conference, according to CNN.

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"They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don't you let that burden you.

"...I want you to be ambitious."

Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, is the second Black woman to be elected to the Senate and would be the country's first Black and Asian vice-presidential candidate. If elected, she'd be the first non-white man to fill the office.

Her comments came after CNBC reported that unnamed allies of Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee, considered Harris to be "too ambitious."

On Monday Politico reported that former Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Ct.), who is on Biden's search committee, said that Harris had not apologized for pointed remarks toward Biden during a Democratic primary debate.

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"She laughed and said, 'that's politics.' She had no remorse," Dodd told a Biden supporter and donor, Politico reported.

Harris said Friday that she was dealt with those attacks and criticisms her entire career.

Observers quickly pointed out the pattern of women being considered "too ambitious" or facing other criticisms that men hardly face.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) defended Harris, calling it "very unfair."

"Do we ever hear anyone that's a man, saying he's too ambitious? Why do they say her? I think it's because she's a woman," he said.

Biden has committed to choosing a woman as vice president, and has faced pressure from some party leaders to choose a woman of color. Harris is one of several Black women who are being considered for the job, including Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, all of whom have been gaining attention in recent weeks.

Bass, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, expressed annoyance with comparisons between herself and Harris, questioning why the same wasn't being done with white women who are being considered for vice president, such as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

"Why are you comparing me with her?" she asked Friday on "The Breakfast Club" a syndicated radio show. "Why don't you compare Whitmer with Warren?"

Biden says Harris is 'very much in contention' to be his running mate .
The California Democrat is among the names on Biden's vice presidential shortlist.The presumptive Democratic nominee’s conciliatory tone toward Harris comes after senior members of Biden’s vetting team had thrown cold water on her vice presidential bid in the final stretch of Biden’s search.

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