Whispers of Harris for President Circulate at Hampton Donor Party

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July 18, 2017

Freshman Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) over the weekend mingled with top Democratic donors in the Hamptons, where many indicated she may be considering a run for president.

The ultimate signal at the Bridgehampton event, a top donor said, was that Harris was "thinking much bigger" than the Senate, the Hill reported.

Democrats have indicated that they want—and are in need of—a fresh face.

"There's a big hunger for somebody new and different," Bill Carrick, who challenged Harris in last year’s senatorial race, said. "There are people who might not know her real well but want to like her. What little they know, they like."

In an election night address, Harris put herself in a position that led her fans to see her as the antidote to Donald Trump.

"Our ideas are at stake right now, and we all have to fight for who we are," she said. "I believe this is the moment in time for our country, where we are collectively being required to look in the mirror, and with furrowed brow, we are asking a questions: 'Who are we?' In California, I believe the answer is a good one. We are a great country."

The Hill reported that donors and fundraisers see Harris as someone who embodies the qualities needed for a Democratic presidential candidate to take the White House in 2020.

"She's running for president. Take it to the bank," one fundraiser said. "She's absolutely going to run."