Rebecca Katz, a progressive New York-based political consultant who does not work for a 2020 candidate, said she thought women and non-white candidates were more scrutinized than white politicians, but hoped that Ms. Harris would adopt bold ideas and say more. his personal story even though it sounds risky. Mo Elleithee, the former spokesperson of the Democratic National Committee who currently heads the Institute of Politics and Public Service of Georgetown University, said that much of the country was unaware always that Mrs. Harris was present, and that she had time to refine a national speech that resonated. many groups of democrats.

Critics of Ms. Harris's book were mixed, with critics accusing her of failing to adequately address several controversial positions she had taken as California's Attorney General and others too dependent on political clichés.

In the thesis, published simultaneously with a children's book by Ms. Harris entitled "Superheroes are everywhere," she writes repeatedly that she does not believe in "false choices." This can mean both significant workers' rights and a strong economy, she wrote at one point, but she also applied the concept to police accountability and public safety.

"I know how difficult it is for the officer families, who have to wonder if the person they love will come home at the end of each shift," Harris says. "I also know this: it is a false choice to suggest that you should be either for the police or to be accountable. I am for both. Most people I know are for both. Let's talk a little bit about this too.

Sean Clegg, a long-time political advisor who should play a leading role in any of Mrs. Harris's presidential campaign, said that if she showed up, she would discuss issues such as income inequality, but that message would be associated with a call for partisan healing. .

Paul Berkman, a 72-year-old New Yorker who attended the conference, said he hoped that Ms. Harris would talk about other political ideas during her conversation, moderated by poet Cleo Wade. Mr. Berkman said that he had left without knowing his answer to the question "Why are you running for president" is a question that every candidate faces.

"She looks like a nice person, but there are so many candidates that I want someone to explain why it should be them," he said.