Kamala Harris, the first Indian American woman to run for the White House, has quit the race. Harris cited lack of financial resources as the reason behind the move.
In an unexpected announcement, Indian-origin Senator dropped out of the 2020 presidential race. Harris said that she does not have adequate financial resources to continue with the campaign.
“To my supporters, it is with deep regret — but also with deep gratitude — that I am suspending my campaign today,” Harris said in a tweet. “But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting everyday for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the people. All the people,” she further said.
Harris told her supporters that she is suspending her campaign because of lack of funds. “I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life,” Harris stated. Harris had recently shut down several offices and laid off staffers. “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” she further said.
Harris also took a jibe at billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer who have self-funded their campaigns and said, “I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign.” Contenders have castigated Bloomberg and Steyer for using their wealth to fuel their candidacy.
Bloomberg joined the presidential race with a record ad blitz of $33million for a week, which drew a scathing response from Senator Bernie Sanders. “I am disgusted,” he said in a tweet. Senator Amy Klobuchar, another candidate, also criticized Bloombery and Steyer and said, “you just can’t simply allow wealthy people to come in and buy elections”.
There are now 15 candidates left in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.