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Who should be the first female president: Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris?

In a presidential field currently crowded with older white men, some Americans are arguing the time is nigh for the country to be lead by a woman. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are at the forefront of women running for the Oval Office. Both women bring strong liberal credentials and experience to the table, making them ideal presidential candidates for Democrats. But as the primaries fast approach, there are concerns about which candidate has the best chance to beat Donald Trump. What do you think?

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FiveThirtyEight puts Harris toward the front of the pack of presidential hopefuls, saying she has the "potential to be among the strongest contenders in the 2020 Democratic field." According to FiveThirtyEight, her racial background, age and professional history set her apart from older white candidates like Warren.

Her biography and record make it easy to imagine Harris doing well with African-Americans, who likely will represent about one-in-five primary voters in the Democratic primary electorate, as well as Asian-Americans. Harris narrowly lost the Latino vote in her 2016 election to a fellow Democrat1 who is Mexican-American (Loretta Sanchez), but there isn’t any particular reason to think she is disliked by Latino voters. The way Harris is likely to position herself on policy issues during the campaign — liberal as any candidate on noneconomic issues but not as liberal on economic issues as, say, Bernie Sanders — echoes Hillary Clinton’s platform in 2016 (Harris’ sister Maya was Clinton’s policy director.) So I’m sure party loyalists, particularly black voters and older women, who backed Clinton will give serious consideration to Harris. The California senator is not particularly young (54), but you could imagine millennials galvanizing around electing the first Asian and first female president in the same way they embraced Obama in 2008.
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Warren, though, had a strong showing in her 2018 re-election campaign in Massachusetts. FiveThirtyEight used data from this election and past presidential election data from Massachusetts to extrapolate Warren's chances of beating Donald Trump. The data shows "places that swung toward Trump still like Warren."

Just like other white,5 blue-collar areas in the rest of the country, Western Massachusetts broke with longstanding Democratic tradition in the 2016 election. Warren’s ability to match or even exceed President Obama’s 2012 performance in these areas suggests that she might be the right candidate to persuade Obama-Trump voters to once again vote Democratic in the 2020 general election. In addition, a majority of Democrats in most of these towns — some of which are fairly bohemian — voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary. That’s a pretty good indication that Warren may also find a primary base among economically struggling communities that could be receptive to her populist message.
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Harris has built her campaign around her background as the daughter of immigrants and her commitment to social justice issues. Per Politico:

Harris’ campaign designed the speech as a venue to tie her message to her biography as the daughter of a Jamaican-born father and Indian-born mother. But aides also saw it as a way for the senator to put down stakes on several progressive issues, from Medicare for all, to a $500-a-month tax break for the middle class paid for by rolling back the Republican tax overhaul, to guaranteed universal pre-kindergarten and debt-free college.
...Harris said she’d spent her professional life working on behalf of victims. “My whole life, I’ve only had one client: the people,” she said
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Harris has been criticized for being too conservative during her time as attorney general of California, leading some to question her stated commitment to social justice. Warren, on the other end, has been criticized for potentially being "too far to the left," per FiveThirtyEight. Warren has pushed back against such questions by stating she has committed her entire life to working for the people, much like Harris.

“I’m out talking about the economic issues, about how government works, about what’s happening to middle class families, working families, all across this country — why the path has gotten rockier and rockier,” Warren said. “This is what I’ve worked on all of my life. I’m delighted that there are lots of Democrats who want to talk about ideas, who want to talk about a way to build a stronger America; I believe in that.”
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Harris has stolen the spotlight during several Senate hearings, including, most recently, her brutal grilling of Attorney General William Barr. The Washington Post reports Harris' questioning of Barr was so impressive she got a chuckle out of her colleague and fellow presidential candidate Cory Booker. 

Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) asked clipped, insightful and fact-based questions. She left Barr stammering and got him to concede that he had not looked at the underlying evidence before giving his own prosecutorial opinion on obstruction of justice. Even worse, he fumbled around when asked if the president or anyone else at the White House had asked or suggested he investigate someone...
It was the highlight of the hearing for Democrats, and her performance is not likely to be lost on Democratic primary voters. To the extent that they are looking for someone to take down President Trump, the veteran prosecutor offers Democrats someone entirely capable of slicing and dicing a Republican who refuses to acknowledge easily established facts.
One can argue that prosecutorial skills are not generally what we look for in presidential candidates. However, in the case of Trump, Democrats, frustrated with years of dissembling and incoherent assertions, would dearly love to see someone reduce him to a stuttering, defensive figure — just like Barr.
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Warren, on the other hand, has been unrelenting in releasing dramatic policy proposals. The New Republic reports her policies, which range from increasing taxes for the wealthiest Americans, breaking up large tech companies, and providing "universal free college," have made her a formidable opponent in the election. 

[N]othing is edgier than Warren’s stubborn insistence on grounding her effort on—heaven help her!—big, bold, fully cooked policy proposals. At times, she’s seemed to roll them out with the same numbing frequency that Trump tweets “Witch Hunt.” And for the first few months of her campaign, the senator’s weighty and worthy ideas about financial and democratic reform fell like trees in the proverbial forest, largely unheard. Stunningly enough, the senator whom the left had begged to run in 2016 was polling in single digits for 2020.
...Riding the plaudits she won for her impeachment stance, Warren caught fire on Monday with a canny proposal for “universal free college” and student-loan debt relief. Younger liberals, in particular, cheered the plan, which would make public college tuition-free, boost low-income kids’ prospects of matriculating, and cancel up to $50,000 in student debt for households that make less than $100,000. (Smaller benefits would go to those making up to $250,000.) 
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Who should be the first female president: Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris?
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#TeamKamala