Sen. Kamala Harris pays tribute to her Indian American mother

Sen. Kamala Harris (D- Calif.) Courtesy of C-SPAN

The California senator says, when faced with hard decisions, she would always think, “What would Mommy think?”

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who is widely considered to be preparing to run for president, said that her late mother would consider Washington to be a “hot mess.”

Harris appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to talk about her new book, The Truths We Hold.

Remembering her mother, who was an Indian American, in the interview, Harris said that she was raised by a very strong mother. In her book, Harris also said that when faced with hard decisions, she would always think, “What would Mommy think?”

Harris’ mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, came to the United States from the southern Indian city of Chennai in 1960. She was married to Donald Harris, a Jamaican economist at Stanford.

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On being asked by host George Stephanopoulos on what Harris’ mother would think of what’s happening? Harris replied, “I think she would say, ‘What is going on down there? It is a hot mess.”

Harris also said: “I was raised that when you see a problem, you don’t complain about it; you go and you do something about it.”

She added: “I think this is that moment, and I believe for all of us, history will say, and our children and our grandchildren will ask, ‘At that inflection moment, where were you and what did you do in service of your family, your neighborhood, your community and your country?”

On the hot question of her likely presidential run, Harris announced that at the moment she was not prepared to announce a decision about whether she is running for president.

Harris’ book tour, however, is widely been seen as a possible soft launch for her presidential run.


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