Kamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTexas Democratic official urges Biden to visit state: 'I thought he had his own plane' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: 'He'll leave' l GOP laywers brush off Trump's election remarks l Obama's endorsements A game theorist's advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat MORE (Calif.) garnered new endorsements from state and local Iowa officials Thursday, following her performance in the fifth Democratic debate this week.

“NEW @KamalaHarris IOWA ENDORSEMENTS after last night's standout debate performance!” Miryam Lipper, Harris’s Iowa Communications Director tweeted Thursday, sharing a statement listing the endorsements. 

Megan Alter, Iowa City Housing and Community Development Commissioner; Lonnie Dafney, West Des Moines School Board Member; Lyn Eldridge, gun violence prevention activist; Pat Harper, former Waterloo Area State Senator; Rhonda McRina, Former Waterloo School Board member, and Bernie Scolaro, Sioux City education and labor leader, all signed on to support Harris, according to the Thursday statement.

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“I’m really excited to be full force, all-in for Kamala Harris. We need a powerful executive force, a strong legal mind, an experienced legislator, and someone who understands and is campaigning on both huge issues and the ways that they affect people’s daily lives. We need someone empathetic, someone who is outraged on our behalf, and someone who can and will stand up for what will remain a horribly fractured Congress, while also trying to find ways to get work done. For me, Kamala Harris is that candidate,” Alter said in the statement.

Harper commended Harris for her “knowledge of the law” and held that the country needs it “after so much deviousness and disrespect for the law from our current President.” 

Harris had her best debate performance Wednesday night since her fiery responses at the first Democratic debate, when she went head to head with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE. But, Harris has struggled to compete with other candidates like Biden and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSirota reacts to report of harassment, doxing by Harris supporters Republicans not immune to the malady that hobbled Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Republicans lawmakers rebuke Trump on election MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package Warren, Khanna request IG investigation into Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds MORE (D-Mass) in recent polls in key states.