Kamala Harris welcomes Beto O & # 39; Rourke to 2020 race: & # 39; The more the more

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By Savannah Smith

Late. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Said Thursday that "voters will decide" if recently announced presidential candidate Beto O & # 39; Rourke will be her main competition in a crowded area of ​​Democrats, who fend for the party's nomination by 2020.

"Oh, I think voters will decide," she told NBC News & # 39; Peter Alexander in an interview on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" and added, "The more the more."

Just hours after the former Texas congressman made his presidential budget, Harris sent a campaign "a fundraising email with the subject line" Beto O & # 39; Rourke. "

The email notes record numbers of women and people in color driving the democratic nomination so far and quotes Harris says: "I am looking forward to participating in content debates with each of these candidates – including the latest to participate in the race today , Beto, Rourke. "

In a Vanity Fair interview published Wednesday – where he hinted at his decision to run but did not announce it – Rourke acknowledged that a foray at the most diverse candidate area in history could be met with some resistance.

"I fully understand people who decide on the basis that almost every one of our presidents has been a white man and they want something different for that country. And I think it is a very legitimate basis to make a decision on , "he told the magazine.

Responding to this quote, Harris said that "the American public is smart enough to make decisions based on who speaks their truth, who has documented production time, who knows how to fight for the Americans and works people, and that is in that way, the basis for our country to choose its next president. "

Harris, a former prosecutor, also said she supported the California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's plans to stop the use of the death penalty in the state and reiterated that she is personally opposed to the death penalty.

"This is a sentence that has been disproportionately used by people of color and especially black and brown men in that country. And that is not a deterrent to the extent that people will argue," she said.