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Kamala Harris, Straining to Make a Splash, Praises Obama, Knocks Trump Relentlessly

No matter the topic, the California senator repeatedly fell back into taking sharp blows at the president even as her own record was challenged

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), fighting for every ounce of support among Democrats for 2020, in her opening remarks during Thursday night’s debate praised former President Barack Obama and directly attacked President Donald Trump.

Harris said Trump has spent “the last two-and-a-half years full time trying to sew hate and division among us.”

She also said she believes that what the president doesn’t get is that the “American people are so much better than this. And we know that the vast majority of us have so much more in common than what separates us.”

Then she announced: “And I plan on focusing on our common issues, common hopes and desires and in that way, unifying our country, winning this election and turning the page for America.”

“And now, President Trump, you can go back to watching Fox News,” she said in a final cheap shot in her opening remarks.

Throughout her comments during the debate, she continued to go after the president with easy toss-away lines and cheap shots.

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And then in terms of her various health care proposals — as the Republican National Committee’s Steve Guest pointed out in an email on Thursday night, “Kamala Harris has been all over the place on health care.”

Here’s what he pointed out:

  • In 2017, Harris became the “first Democrat” to announce that she would co-sponsor Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of health care.
  • At Sanders’ bill debut press conference, Harris said she was “honored” to be there and “proud to co-sponsor it.”
  • In January 2019, Harris said that she wanted to eliminate private insurance even if you like your plan.
  • In May 2019, Harris was asked about her call to eliminate private insurance and said “that’s not what I meant.”
  • At the first Democrat debate in June, Harris raised her hand that she was in favor of eliminating private insurance, only to claim the next day that she “misinterpreted” the question.
  • Harris then added more confusion to her position in mid-July when she said she “supported the de facto elimination of private duplicative insurance, though did not explicitly say that she would legally mandate that outcome.”
  • At the end of July, when Harris introduced her plan for a government takeover of health care, Politico reported that “Harris’ proposal skimps on myriad details, including the plan’s cost.”
  • Last month, Harris flip-flopped again and said she was not “comfortable” with Bernie Sanders’ bill that eliminates private health insurance despite still co-sponsoring his bill.

“Bottom line,” said Guest in his email. “The American people are rightly worried about Kamala Harris destroying their health care plan.”

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