Can a Second Black President Make a Difference? These Three Potential Candidates Think They Can

By | August 9, 2017

With barely seven months into the Trump White House, already there are rumblings about the 2020 presidential race. On the Republican side, politicians are waging a shadow campaign, smelling blood in the water in light of a real possibility the investigated and scandal-plagued Donald Trump will not make it beyond a year in office, much less to 2020. On the Democratic side, among the serious contenders discussed for a presidential run, three are African-American: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. At a time of white backlash and antipathy toward the first Black president, and a host of policies reflecting an attempt to erase the Obama legacy, the notion of a second Black president is appealing to some.

The former California State Attorney General and San Francisco District Attorney, Kamala Harris is a freshman senator who has wasted no time making her mark on Capitol Hill and carving out a leadership role in her party. Although she just arrived on the scene in Washington, Sen. Harris is a seasoned prosecutor whose skills were on full display as she grilled U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others before the Senate Intelligence Committee. A hot commodity, Harris is assisting her incumbent colleagues as well as Democratic challengers with fundraising. She recently met with Clinton donors in the Hamptons, and is reportedly their favorite, a factor which could prove a benefit and a liability with different segments of the Black electorate.

“Kamala is the big Democratic star right now, at a time when they badly need a star. She’s coming to the Hamptons to meet key people as she takes a national stage, and expands her influence and ambitions,” one political insider told Page Six. Harris has reportedly downplayed her presidential ambitions. (Atlanta Black Star)

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