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Kamala Harris Politely Dodges Presidential Run Rumors

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California Senator Kamala Harris. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Kamala Harris appeared on The Ellen Show on Thursday to play 20 Questions, but stayed mum on the most important one of all: Will she run for president in 2020?

Senator Harris, whose recent legislative efforts include co-sponsoring Senator Bernie Sanders’s single-payer health-care bill and introducing a bill making revenge porn a federal crime, was introduced by Ellen DeGeneres as “possibly your next President of the United States.” But when the host asked point-blank about running in 2020, Harris pivoted, “Right now, we are in the early months of 2018,” before citing health care, uncertainty around immigration policy changes, and an assault-weapons ban as “immediate needs.”

She then added, “I’ve seen so many people, Ellen, focus on that thing out there, and then trip over this thing here. I don’t wanna trip.” Which didn’t stop DeGeneres from asking about running mates, prompting the senator to quip back, “Got any plans?” 2020 can’t come soon enough.

Kamala Harris on The Ellen Show.
Kamala Harris Politely Dodges Presidential Run Rumors