"I'm running for president because I love my country", Harris, 54, told voters Sunday.
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris waves to supporters during her presidential campaign launch rally in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California, on January 27.
The Daily Wire reported that "Harris, who responded by hinting that her office was too big to notice, did not apologize for her lack of leadership over what happened as she appeared to suggest that she was a victim of the whole ordeal", in a recent interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. If elected, Harris would be the first woman, a first African-American woman, and first Indian-American president in USA history.
"America, we are better than this", she told the crowd of roughly 20,000 people.
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown admitted over the weekend to having an extramarital affair with Democratic presidential hopeful Sen.
Harris addressed her detractors briefly in her launch speech, saying: "I am not ideal".
Harris explained that her slogan "Kamala Harris for the people" is a direct reference to her background as a prosecutor.
Harris rarely mentioned Trump by name, but he was clearly a target.
Harris instead insisted that it was a "very painful experience" for her.
Harris took a barely concealed shot at Trump and his administration as she spoke of the "arrogance of power", warning: "The American dream and our American democracy are under attack and on the line like never before".
Harris, whose father is from Jamaica and whose mother is Indian, said that "in the face of powerful forces trying to sow hate and division among us, the truth is that as Americans, we have so much more in common than what separates us".
"We must answer a fundamental question: Who are we?" she said. As The Guardian noted, if that number is accurate, it would mean that Harris drew an even bigger crowd at her presidential campaign launch than Barack Obama did when he announced his own run for president in IL in 2017 to an estimated 15,000-strong crowd.
It's a burgeoning field that may ultimately feature dozens of candidates seeking to oust President Donald Trump.
With her sights now on the presidency, its left many wondering what kind of tactics she'll employ during her campaign.
She still has a long road ahead of her, with nearly two years to go until the 2020 election, but her supporters say she can not afford to take her foot off the pedal.
One distinct advantage for Harris is the shift that her home state has made in the primary calendar.
Her platform will include progressive policies including debt-free college and "Medicare for all" - allowing Americans to opt into government-run health coverage. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), have also entered the race, while others, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen.