Harris: I'm Realistic So 'I'm Not Churning Out Plans Like a Factory'

Harris takes a seeming shot at 2020 rival Warren, whose motto is 'I've got a plan for that'

July 12, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) appeared to take a shot at 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren on Friday, saying that because she's realistic her campaign is "not churning out plans like a factory."

Harris, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination, was a guest on "The Breakfast Club" radio show, where co-host DJ Envy said the Democrats sounded like Oprah Winfrey sometimes on the debate stage. He compared their lofty promises of canceled student loan debt and free health care to Winfrey shouting, "You get a car! You get a car!"

"Everybody's saying what you want to hear," co-host Charlamagne tha God added.

"It sounds good, but what's real and what's bulls—t?" DJ Envy asked. "Right now, it sounds good ... When you become president, what can you really do?"

"Well, I'm going to tell you, that's why I'm not churning out plans like a factory, because it is really important to me that any plan that I'm prepared to implement is actually doable," Harris said.

"So you see the bulls—t too," DJ Envy responded.

"Well, I just think that—here's the generous way to say that. People are aspirational," Harris said. "And so you have a goal, and that should be the goal, and let's try to get there."

While Harris didn't name Warren, Warren has received glowing profiles from the press for her motto "I've got a plan for that" and her constant drumbeat of policy proposals.

Warren has released plans to break up big tech companies, end for-profit prisons, overhaul the U.S. immigration system, provide universal childcare, provide tuition-free public college, and invest heavily in green manufacturing, to name a few. Several of her key policies would be paid for by installing a "wealth tax" and undoing Trump administration corporate tax cuts.

Harris said one of her own goals, for instance, was for families with less than $100,000 in annual income being able to collect a monthly tax credit of up to $500. She would pay for this, she said, by repealing the Republican tax overhaul on "day one." However, Harris could not undo it with just the stroke of her pen as Congress would have to repeal the law first.

Harris's campaign did not reply to a request for comment.

"Every plan that I have—I will speak for myself—comes with a 'how to,' and that it can be done," Harris said.

Charlamagne noted "90 percent" of the Democratic promises wouldn't get through a Republican-controlled Senate. Harris said some of her initiatives would be done through executive order because "I'm done."

"It is within the Executive Branch and the power of the president to do certain things within her power that do not require congressional consent or approval," she said.

"That's one thing Donald Trump has definitely taught us," Charlamagne said.

"Yes. That's right," Harris said. "Like, pay attention. Exactly."

Harris encouraged listeners to focus on Senate races in the 2020 cycle because it would be obviously easier to see their Democratic agenda through with full control of Congress.