California Attorney General. Kamala Harris’ bid for the U.S. Senate got a major boost with the endorsement of both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
In an interview with Spanish-language Univision, Sanchez was asked her response to the significant endorsement. She said in Spanish that Obama and Harris are longtime friends, then added: “She is African American. He is, too.”
In his endorsement statement, Obama said:
Kamala’s experience has taught her that if you’re going to give everybody a fair shot, you’ve got to take on the special interests that too often stand in the way of progress. As Attorney General, she fought the big banks that took advantage of homeowners across the country – and she won. She cracked down on transnational gangs exploiting women and children – and she won. She took on big for-profit colleges that were swindling students and leaving them with a lifetime of debt and a worthless degree – and she won. She took on big oil companies to defend California’s beautiful coast and its landmark law to fight climate change – and she won. Her leadership helped ensure the right of all Americans to marry the person they love. And throughout her lifetime as a prosecutor, Kamala Harris has been a leading voice for criminal justice reform, challenging old dogma and insisting we be “smart on crime” by ending mass incarceration.
Harris led Obama’s campaign effort in California in 2008 and was considered a candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat after his death.
It is not the first time that Sanchez’s statements have put the candidate in hot water.