She says her decision to end her 11-month run on Tuesday was ultimately due to lack of funding and support.
Harris’s low polling numbers and pressure to reach certain financial goals caused an internal struggle among members of her campaign staff. She released a video on Twitter describing what was, in her words, “one of the hardest decisions of my life.”
In the video, Harris states, “To my supporters, it is with deep regret – but also with deep gratitude – that I am suspending my campaign today. But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about: justice for the people. All the people.”
She goes on to explain that money was the main source of her campaign struggle: “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue. I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.”
In an interview on All In With Chris Haynes, fellow Democratic candidate Cory Booker said, “It’s a damn shame now that the only African-American woman in this race, who has been speaking to issues that need to be brought up, is now no longer in it, and we’re spiraling towards a debate stage that potentially, we’re still trying to get in it, but could have six people with no diversity whatsoever.”
Booker refers to the other Democratic candidates, of whom he is the only minority.
President Trump didn’t shy away from taking a jab at Sen. Harris after she made her announcement, tweeting, “Too bad. We will miss you Kamala!”
She shot back, “Don’t worry, Mr. President I’ll see you at your trial.”
The White House opted out of participating in the impeachment inquiries today, which marks the first public hearing.
Harris says her decision to quit the race came at an opportune time – weeks before the deadline for candidates to withdraw from the primary ballot in her home state of California.
According to CNN, Harris’s adviser said this was the ideal move, as the senator could have suffered greater political consequences for doing poorly in California.
“It’s better than finishing fifth in California,” said the ex-staffer.
The next Democratic debate will be held on Dec. 19 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.