By Victor Ochieng
Posted January 20th 2019
It has become a familiar step for ambitious politicians to use books as a way of creating a strong public profile that will help them move into office – especially presidential aspirants. One example that made great impact and still remains one of the best books in recent times is President Barack Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope.” Sen. Kamala Harris, who many believe is positioning herself for the 2020 presidential race, has released her book this year. Her book is said to be chronicling the “core truths” that characterize American life and was released on January 8th 2019. The book is titled “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.”
Many believe that the California Democrat, who is fast gaining popularity within the party, may be hinting at bigger things than the U.S Senate. Since her term began in 2016, the senator has been an essential voice for women and people of color. And she is among the leaders who have been seen to come out publicly to show support for the immigrant families and against the separation policy. Her stepping into the scene in the fight against the Trumps family separation policy is seen by many as a platform that has propelled her journey towards 2020.
Reports by POLITICO states that, “President Donald Trump’s base-pleasing immigration crackdown is having an unintended effect: accelerating the race to challenge him for reelection. As Democratic senators considered White House hopefuls have leaped into the fight over the separation of families, some have acknowledged their political intentions to a degree typically not seen so far ahead of the next presidential election. Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey cracked the door open to running in 2020 over the past week…Of course, Merkley, Booker, and Harris didn’t choose the current moment to edge forward — the moment seems to have chosen them. Bipartisan criticism of Trump’s immigration policy has given ambitious Democrats an opening to present themselves as leaders against the president’s polarizing agenda, as polls show independent voters siding with Democrats against the splintering of migrant families.”
Los Angeles Times brings attention to the fact that books have played a major role in many aspiring presidential hopefuls. Books have been part of the stories of some former presidents who have made history in this nation. It states, “The 53-year-old Harris was formerly California’s attorney general. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. For politicians, books have long been a standard part of developing a national profile, from John F. Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage” to Barack Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope.”
Penguin Press describes her as a candidate with “hard-won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her,” and it further states that she will be able to bring into the scene “a master class in problem-solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times.”
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