Is Kamala Harris a Moderate or a Radical? The Media Can’t Decide

Harris to CNN: 'I'm a progressive Democrat'

August 14, 2020

Is Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) a "moderate" or a left-wing "progressive"?

Mainstream and left-leaning media have sought to portray her as a centrist who appeals to middle America in the week she became Joe Biden's running mate. Yet during the 2020 presidential primary, figures such as CNN's Jake Tapper, MSNBC's Katy Tur, and others described her as liberal or progressive.

Harris breaks the tie. She told CNN last year she was a "progressive Democrat."

Harris supports the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, a mandatory "assault weapon" buyback program, and a ban on fracking.