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10 Kamala Harris Quotes On Her Vision For America

The Vice President-elect on hope, justice, and the future.

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When Kamala Devi Harris is sworn into office Jan. 20, she will be the first woman, first Black woman, first South Asian woman, and first stepmom to be vice president of the United States. Click along for memorable quotes from her political career.

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On Hope & Truth

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Throughout all of the recent events and the emotional roller coaster our country has been on, we cannot lose hope. And in order to have hope, one must first speak truth.

Harris in a 2020 op-ed for Cosmopolitan

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"If something is worth fighting for, it is a fight worth having."

— Harris in a 2018 lecture at Spelman College

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The nature of a relationship of trust is that it is a reciprocal relationship. You give and you receive trust. And one of the most important ingredients in trust is truth, is truth. But what we also know is speaking truth can often make people quite uncomfortable.

Harris' Spelman College lecture

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On Fighting Racism & Xenophobia

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The only way we're going to truly achieve change is when there are people in the system who are willing or pushing to do it, and when there are those of us who are outside of the system demanding it."

Harris in a 2020 interview with 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'

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"I believe we are a great country. ... And part of what makes us great are our democratic institutions that protect our fundamental ideals, [such as] a 200 year history as a nation built by immigrants."

— Harris in a 2017 Senate address

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"Our country has never fully addressed the systemic racism that has plagued our country since its earliest days. It is the duty of every American to fix. No longer can some wait on the sidelines, hoping for incremental change. In times like this, silence is complicity."

— Harris' 2020 Cosmopolitan op-ed

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I have personally prosecuted everything from low-level offenses to homicides. I know what a crime looks like. I will tell you: an undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.

Harris in a 2017 Senate address

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We cannot let up in the fight for equality, fairness, and justice. Even when, if not especially when, it is hard or uncomfortable to talk about.

— Harris' 2020 Cosmopolitan op-ed

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On Building A Better Future

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"Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before. And we will applaud you every step of the way."

— Harris in her vice presidential victory speech

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We The People have the power to build a better future.

Harris in her vice presidential victory speech

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