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Sen. Kamala Harris Makes Iowa Trip after Announcing Presidential Bid

Clay Masters/IPR
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, greets people who couldn't make it into her CNN Town Hall on Drake's campus Monday night.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was in Des Moines Monday night just a day after kicking off her 2020 campaign for president.  Harris embraced many progressive policies during a town-hall style event broadcast live on CNN.  

Harris answered questions from an audience at Drake University in Des Moines. She says she will not vote for a wall along the southern U-S border under any circumstances. Harris was asked by a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient how she would protect people like her and their families.

“We should not be trading on your life for the sake of the political games that this president is playing in trying to vilify young people like you who are doing nothing except being productive and believing in and living the American dream,” Harris says.

Harris also says she support a Medicare for All proposal and the Green New Deal. That’s a plan that focuses on reforms to the country’s energy system and addresses climate change.

Harris surprised people who couldn’t make it into the town-hall at Drake’s Sheslow Auditorium. A few dozen Iowans watched the town hall live on a big screen elsewhere on campus. Harris spoke to the watch-party and took a couple questions. She told the crowd she plans to come to Iowa a lot.

Harris is one of three U.S. senators who have campaigned in Iowa this month for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand both made swings through the first-in-the-nation state in January.

The Iowa caucuses are scheduled for February 3, 2020.

Clay Masters is Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host and lead political reporter.