ICYMI: Vice President Harris Rallies California Voters Ahead of Republican Recall Effort


Yesterday, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to California to support Governor Gavin Newsom and to urge Californians to vote NO on the Republican recall. During the rally, Vice President Harris laid out exactly what’s at stake in the September 14 recall election, saying, “They think that if they can win in California they can do this anywhere.” Vice President Harris touted Governor Newsom’s record for working people and highlighted his stances on a number of issues including paid family leave, voting rights, reproductive rights, and unions. 

See the coverage of Vice President Harris’s trip below. 

San Francisco Chronicle: Kamala Harris rallies voters against Republican threat from Newsom recall

Vice President Kamala Harris flew into the Bay Area on Wednesday to headline a rally for Gov. Gavin Newsom, urging voters to reject the effort to recall him or risk seeing Republicans try the same tactic against Democratic leaders across the country.

“They think that if they can win in California they can do this anywhere,” Harris said during an 11-minute speech that brought the audience of 200 at a San Leandro union training facility to its feet, applauding. “We will show them that you will not get this done.”

Los Angeles Times: Vice President Harris, former President Obama join Newsom’s fight against recall effort

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom received a boost from a familiar face Wednesday when his longtime political ally Vice President Kamala Harris returned to the Bay Area to campaign for him against the GOP-led recall.

“They wouldn’t be trying to recall him but for the fact that he has always stood for reproductive rights,” Harris said. “They wouldn’t be trying to recall him except they know he stands for our Dreamers and our farmworkers.”

KCRA: California recall brings Harris home to support Gov. Newsom

Vice President Kamala Harris returned to her home state of California on Wednesday to rally voters against the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose campaign expressed growing confidence the first-term Democrat would survive the attempt to remove him from office a year early.

Harris crafted the race as a battle between California’s progressive values and Republicans looking to take the nation’s most populous state backward on women’s rights, abortion access and labor and immigrant rights. She echoed Newsom’s campaign message that the outcome will ripple beyond the state.

“California, let us send a message to the world that these are the things we stand for, these are the things we fight for, and we will not give up,” Harris told a cheering crowd of about 200 volunteers and labor union members in San Leandro, a San Francisco Bay Area community not far from Oakland, where she was born.

The Washington Post: Kamala Harris stumps with Gavin Newsom ahead of the recall vote: ‘Everyone has to vote’

After a handful of introductory speakers, Harris took the stage and began, “I came home for one purpose — to stand and speak in support of my friend, my longtime friend.”

The two emerged as prominent Bay Area politicians together, and Harris recalled Newsom, as San Francisco’s mayor, going against legal advice to issue the nation’s first same-sex marriage licenses. Harris served as the city’s district attorney at the time.

“He never hears no, never ‘something is not possible,’ ” Harris said. “That’s the kind of leadership this daughter of California wants.”

CNN: Harris rallies with Newsom to send a message to female voters in final days of California recall campaign

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been doing everything he can to persuade women to vote “no” on the Republican effort to oust him in Tuesday’s recall election, and in Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday he got his most high-profile surrogate to date to help deliver that message.

The former California senator, who remains enormously popular among Democratic women and progressive voters of color, argued that the national consequences of this election could be huge if Newsom is replaced by a Republican.

“You have to understand that this recall campaign is about California, and it’s about a whole lot more,” Harris said, trying to nationalize the race by voicing her outrage about the conservative agenda, particularly Texas’ restrictive abortion law that went into effect last week.