Democrat Kamala Harris, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in California, is out with a trio of television ads, the first in the contest to succeed Barbara Boxer. One of the ads, titled “Fearless” and featuring U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, touts some of Harris’ accomplishments as the state attorney general.
Below is text of the ad and an analysis from Christopher Cadelago of The Bee Capitol Bureau.
Text: “Fearless. That’s what Elizabeth Warren said about Kamala Harris taking on the powerful on behalf of the people of California.
Harris prosecuted violent predators and transnational gangs exploiting women and children.
Took on big oil companies violating our hazardous waste laws.
And Kamala Harris sued the big banks, and won. Twenty billion (dollars) for California homeowners.
Warren: ‘That woman was fearless.’
Kamala Harris for Senate. Fearless for the people of California.
Harris: I’m Kamala Harris and I approve this message.”
Analysis: Harris has been criticized at times for being too cautious, but the facts in the TV spot, including the multibillion dollar settlement she secured with banks, are true. A career prosecutor eventually assigned to cases involving child molestations and homicides, Harris as attorney general focused on environmental protections though civil actions and on thwarting transnational gangs.
Central in Harris’ ad is Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and consumer advocate who over the years has also used the word “fearless” to describe herself. Warren is popular with Democrats, including among supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, in part because she’s come to represent the brand of liberal economic populism that reemerged as a political force after the economic recession.
Warren’s description of Harris as fearless came in a speech last May in Anaheim, where Warren recalled her time establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She said she was in the trenches with Harris “and the big banks were fighting us tooth and nail.”
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