‘If We Don’t Lift Women, Everyone Will Fall Short’ – Kamala Harris’ Inspiring Quotes

Kamala Harris makes history as she is set to become the first female vice president of United States of America. Indian-origin Harris was born in Oakland, California in 1964 and made history by becoming the first woman of colour to be nominated for national office by a major party. “I am speaking,” she said in a recent debate against Mike Pence, winning over all women who are very often interrupted by men and mansplaining.

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Abraham Lincoln

“In 1864 … Abraham Lincoln was up for re-election. And it was 27 days before the election. And a seat became open on the United States Supreme Court. Abraham Lincoln’s party was in charge not only of the White House but the Senate. But Honest Abe said, ‘It’s not the right thing to do. The American people deserve to make the decision about who will be the next president of the United States, and then that person will be able to select who will serve on the highest court of…

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On abortion

“We cannot tolerate a perspective that is about going backward and not understanding women have agency. Women have value. Women have authority to make decisions about their own lives and their own bodies. “And let me just tell you, as president, I will fight every day for a woman to make the decision for herself, which means I will respect any woman who decides that is not the decision she wants to make, that she wants to make a different decision, but we have got to respect women in this…

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ON THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL:

“Frankly, I believe that we need to get back into the Iran nuclear deal. I would strengthen it. I would include ballistic missile testing. I think that we can strengthen what we do in terms of monitoring and verification, of progress. But there’s no question that a lot of negotiation with a great deal of depth took place over a long period of time to reach that agreement, and it was it was an agreement that was being complied with by all parties.” —Interview with CBS News | June 23, 2019

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ON TRUMP:

“We have very good reason to believe that there is an investigation that has been conducted which has produced evidence that tells us that this president and his administration engaged in obstruction of justice. I believe Congress should take the steps towards impeachment. I believe that we need to get rid of this president. That’s why I’m running to become president of the United States. That is part of the premise, obviously, of my plan.” —CNN Town Hall | April 22, 2019

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EXPLAINING HER PROSECUTORIAL STANCE ON TRUANCY:

“I believe that a child going without an education is tantamount to a crime. So, I decided I was going to start prosecuting parents for truancy. Well, this was a little controversial in San Francisco. And frankly my staff went bananas. They were very concerned, because we didn’t know at the time whether I was going to have an opponent in my reelection race. But, I said, ‘Look. I’m done.’ This is a serious issue and I’ve got a little political capital and I’m gonna spend some of it. And…

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ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM:

“It’s time to end mass incarceration. This includes legalizing marijuana, sentencing reforms, and abolishing private prisons. With the addition of job training and education, these actions will reduce crime and help build healthy communities. “We must build trust between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to serve. As president, I’d set a national standard to use deadly force only as a last resort to ensure accountability. My criminal justice plan will ensure incarcerated individuals are treated with dignity and aren’t criminalized for poverty. This includes ending money bail…

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ON TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION POLICIES:

“The President’s immigration actions and Muslim ban will make America less safe. As a prosecutor, I can tell you it is a serious mistake to conflate criminal justice policy with immigration policy as if they are the same thing. They are not. I have personally prosecuted everything from low-level offenses to homicides. I know what a crime looks like. I will tell you: An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.” —Senate Speech | February 16, 2017

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