Harris fundraises off O'Rourke's 2020 announcement

Harris fundraises off O'Rourke's 2020 announcement
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' MORE (D-Calif.) is fundraising for her presidential campaign off former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeOvernight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall CNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems MORE's (D-Texas) announcement that he is also entering the 2020 race.

In a Thursday campaign email with the subject line "Beto O'Rourke," the California senator noted the "record number of Democrats" in the race and said she looks forward to debating her opponents, including O'Rourke.

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“We are facing something unprecedented: a record number of Democrats — including a record number of women and people of color — are running for President. This is greatly encouraging for the future of our country, but there is still a long path ahead of us," she said in the email.

“I look forward to engaging in substantive debates with each of these candidates, including the newest to join the race today, Beto O’Rourke — and ultimately selecting a Democratic nominee who will take on and beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE in November of 2020," Harris added.

Harris said to run a winning campaign her team will "have to cut through the noise of this crowded primary and share our message with as many voters as possible."

"That’s why I am planning to spend as much time as possible out on the campaign trail, meeting with communities across the country, listening to the issues affecting them," she said.

Earlier Thursday, O'Rourke officially entered the 2020 Democratic primary race, saying in a video announcing his candidacy that "this is a defining moment of truth for this country and every single one of us."

He is entering a crowded field that, in addition to Harris, includes Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel MORE (I-Vt.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall MORE (D-Minn.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam MORE (D-N.J.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandO'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall Gillibrand 'very unhappy' with 'Game of Thrones' finale Gillibrand endorses DC statehood: Democracy doesn't mean 'for some of us' MORE (D-N.Y.).

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget The Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Trump: Foreign countries want Biden in office so they can continue 'ripping off' the US MORE is also expected to jump into the race.