'Campaign time's running short': Kamala Harris can't recreate opening debate magic
Added 09-13-19 06:23:02pm EST - “Kamala Harris needed a strong debate showing to jump start her stalled campaign for president, but Democratic strategists doubt her White House bid will receive that jolt after the third round in Houston.” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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Kamala Harris needed a strong debate showing to jump start her stalled campaign for president, but Democratic strategists doubt her White House bid will receive that jolt after the third round in Houston.
The California senator and White House hopeful, who's developed a reputation among critics as an inconsistent performer on the trail, delivered memorable one-liners in her 13 minutes of speaking time late Thursday but failed to recreate a moment like when she confronted Joe Biden during the opening series this summer in Miami.
Leaning into the Democratic primary electorate's preoccupation with "electability," Harris' team previewed their principal's strategy heading into the debate: proving the former San Francisco district attorney and two-term California attorney general, 54, has the chops to take on President Trump in the 2020 general election.
"You have used hate, intimidation, fear and over 12,000 lies as a way to distract from your failed policies and your broken promises," she said directly to Trump during her introductory remarks.
But California-based consultant Larry Levine, who's donated to former Vice President Joe Biden in the past, said Harris didn't score points in that ledger for him. Acknowledging that the "danger of this kind of conversation" is that commentators can "be overly harsh," Levine questioned whether there was still a lane left open for her to occupy five months before the Iowa caucuses next February.
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