Kamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOvernight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Team Trump criticizes Sanders for vote against USMCA 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 BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine MORE. But, Harris has struggled to compete with other candidates like Biden and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (D-Mass) in recent polls in key states.