Will Senator Kamala Harris Run for President?

Will Senator Kamala Harris Run for President?


We ran into each
other at a restaurant. We literally ran into– I was sitting in my chair. Our chairs were up
against each other. Yeah. And that’s when we met. And we talked for
a while that day. And I said, please
come on the show. I would love for you
to have this platform to talk to people about
what you’re doing. And I asked you about
the negativity then. I said, how are you dealing with
what’s going on in the world, because they were so– I was sitting with
some other women who were just really
angry and saying, what do we do about all this? And you said– We have to be joyful warriors. I decided at the
end of last year– I was just– there was so much
that was just creating anxiety and depression and anger. And I just– I was like,
I’m done with that. I’m done with that. I don’t like that feeling. I don’t think any of us do. And let’s just go into 2018
and be joyful warriors. I like that term,
joyful warriors. Yeah. [APPLAUSE] Because as you said, we can’t
just be against something. We have to be for something. That’s exactly right. And then all what we’re seeing– these kids that
are just marching– the Stoneman Douglas kids,
at the Women’s March– there’s so many things
that are happening right now where people
are taking to the streets. And we have to remember
it’s not about fighting against something. It’s about fighting
for something. And it is fighting with a
spirit of love of country. And that’s really
important to remember. Yeah. We love our country. And part of being a
patriot, love of country, is about fighting for the
ideals of our country, fighting for the
best of who we are. We are a great people. We are a great country. And it is part of loving our
country to say, you know what? I believe those words we spoke
in 1776 that we are all equal and should be treated that way. Yep. I believe those– Yep. [APPLAUSE] I believe those things. And I will march and I will
fight to make those words true. And I will do that joyfully. Yes. You will do it joyfully. And because both of your
parents are immigrants– your father is from Jamaica
and your mother was from– India. –India. And so with everything
that’s going on– you were elected at the same
time as Trump was elected. Yeah. OK. So you get elected as senator. Trump is elected as president. And in all that
time of everything that’s going,
especially with parents who were immigrants, what is
the most surprising thing that has happened to you? Well, there’s a lot. And there are those moments,
like when this administration arbitrarily made a decision
to rescind protection to those DREAMers that
are protected by DACA– that was one of
the lowest lights in terms of what had happened. Yeah. These kids who are
serving in our military, they’re in colleges
and universities, they are working in
Fortune 100 companies, and they are playing
by the rules– they were vetted to see if
they’ve committed any crimes, if they’re living
a productive life. And if they were living life
the way that we want them to, we said, we’ll give
them protection. And then arbitrarily, we
took that protection away. Yeah. That is appalling to me. It is. It really– it makes me so sad. And we need to fight for
them to be protected. And so on the topic
of those DREAMers– I’ll tell you then a
highlight of the experience that I’ve had as a
United States senator. Walking the halls of the United
States Congress and seeing thousands of DREAMers
who have been traveling to our nation’s capitol
by bus, by train, by car– god only knows how they’re
affording to get there– I am certain that
they are sleeping 10 deep on someone’s living
room floor while they’re there. And they are there every
day walking the halls, truly believing that if the
members of the United States Congress see them and hear
their stories, that we’ll do the right thing. These kids believe
in our democracy. That’s a beautiful thing. Yeah. Yeah. That’s a beautiful thing. Yeah. So we have to do right by them. Yeah. That’s right. Yeah. That’s right. But I see them, like I see
so many of these other kids, as being our future. And so I say our future
is bright because they do believe in our democracy. They do believe if they
are heard and seen, that it will matter and
that people will listen. Yeah. And I think that
these kids that are– the march that just
happened in Washington– Yeah. –they will make a difference. First of all, they’re going
to be eligible to vote soon. And they can make
changes if they’re not happy with what’s going on. It’s been happening for a
while, where people have put it out there that you might
be running for president or that they want you
to run for president. Yeah. You’re probably not
going to answer me. But I’m going to
ask you, anyway. You’re right on both counts. You won’t answer? I’m not going to answer. No. What– then– But here’s why– Let me see what your
answer is, though. Let me tell you why. Will you run for president? OK. Let me tell you that– [LAUGHTER] What’s your answer? So here’s my answer. Right now, we are in the
early months of 2018. And at this very
moment in time, there are people across America
who have priorities around their health care,
have priorities around can they get through the end
of the month and pay the bills, pay off their student loans,
can they afford to pay for gas, housing– critical issues. These DACA kids, when
we talk about where they are in terms of immigration– there are so many pressing
issues right– guns. We’ve got to pass an
assault weapons ban. We need to have universal
background checks. These are immediate needs. And these are the things
I’m focused on right now. I’ve seen so many people, Ellen,
focus on that thing out there and then trip over
this thing here. Right. I don’t want to trip. OK. There’s so much that’s
important right now. Who would be your
vice president? [LAUGHTER] Got any plans? [LAUGHTER] I’m busy. [CHEERING] All right. All right. We’re going to vet you
right now just in case. We need to know lots
about you because people are going to want to know
more about Kamala Harris because we know
what you stand for. And I love all the
things you stand for. Thank you. Thank you. But who was your
first celebrity crush? [LAUGHTER] OK. I’m going to tell you. I’m going to date
myself, honestly. Tito Jackson. Tito? OK. The Jackson 5– OK. So I have a sister. And I have lots of cousins. And everyone picked a Jackson 5. And all that was left was Tito. Wow. [LAUGHTER] All right. All right. And it’s still like– they got Michael. They got Marlon. Wow. I got Tito. Well, all right. Poor Tito. No. But I love Tito. Yeah. He truly ended up being
my first celebrity crush. All right. All right. I’ve been a senator– complete this. I’ve been a senator
for over a year now. And I still don’t
understand blank. I still don’t understand
how in Washington, DC, there’s one inch of snow and
the whole town shuts down. I don’t understand that. Yes. That’s a good thing
to not understand. What’s the most rebellious
thing you did as a teenager? Oh. [LAUGHTER] You are going to vet me. Yeah. It’s going to come out. So you might as
well tell it here. [LAUGHTER] I broke curfew. I was a loiterer. I actually had a
loitering problem when I was in high school. I really did. Where did you loiter? I would loiter the halls. And the principal would say,
Kamala, you’re out here again. And I’d say, Yes,
Mr. [INAUDIBLE].. I’m out again. And he’d say, come on,
let’s sit down and talk. How’s it going? And I’d say, I’m bored. He’d say, why don’t
you go back to class? And then I’d go back to class. You were bad. I was awful. [LAUGHTER] You were really bad. If you had to be stuck in an
elevator with either President Trump, Mike Pence, or Jeff
Sessions, who would it be? [LAUGHTER] Does one of us have
to come out alive? [LAUGHTER] [APPLAUSE] You can’t sleep in
the middle of night. What do you do? Oh, I get up. I will read cookbooks. I actually– this
happened recently. Yeah. I love cooking. You just read cookbooks? I read recipes. I’d like recipes
if I’m not cooking. Especially if
you’re not cooking. Yeah. [LAUGHTER] What’s a nickname that
your husband calls you? Honey, babe. The regular? Yeah. What’s a nickname your
Republican colleagues call you? I have no idea. [LAUGHTER] All right. Let’s see. Do you have any tattoos? No. If you were going to get a
tattoo, what would it be? And where would it go? If I were to get
a tattoo, maybe– I don’t know– if I were
going to be self-indulgent, it would be a lotus
flower because that’s what my name means,
and maybe on my wrist. OK. And are you running for
president, yes or no? [LAUGHTER] Next question. All right. Tito, come on out. [LAUGHTER] All right. Kamala Harris, Senator
Kamala Harris, everybody– [APPLAUSE] –possibly your next President
of the United States.

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