Kamala Harris on Biden: 'The more, the merrier!'

Kamala Harris on Biden: 'The more, the merrier!'
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Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris: Trump 'just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op' Harris, Jeffries question why Manafort, Cohen released while others remain in prison George Floyd's death ramps up the pressure on Biden for a black VP MORE (D-Calif.) welcomed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPresidents and 'presidents' Biden to blast Trump's church photo op in Philadelphia speech Rudy Giuliani calls on Cuomo to remove Bill de Blasio MORE into the Democratic primary Thursday, calling him a friend and saying he "brings a wealth of knowledge to the race."

“As of this morning, my friend Joe Biden is now running for president. And you know what I say to that? The more, the merrier! Joe brings a wealth of knowledge to the race, and I’m excited to debate ideas and policy with him and the many other candidates running for president in the coming months,” Harris said in an email to supporters.

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The California senator also requested a donation to her campaign, saying she would need funds to help cut through in a crowded primary field that has grown to 21 candidates with Biden’s entry.

“Let me be clear: I intend to win. But with a primary field this crowded, it’s on us to find new ways to cut through the noise and reach more voters. It’s going to take a lot of resources,” she said.

Biden’s campaign announcement, though expected for months, made a splash Thursday, immediately launching the former vice president near the top of the primary pack alongside Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive things to watch in Tuesday's primaries Nina Turner responds to Cornel West's remarks about George Floyd COVID-19 pandemic will shrink economy by trillion in next decade: CBO MORE (I-Vt.).

In recognition that Biden’s entry into the race could shake up the Democratic Party’s nominating contests, other presidential hopefuls sent out fundraising requests in the hour’s following Biden’s announcement.

“Joe Biden just announced he’s officially running. The field is the biggest in the history of the modern Democratic Party, and this presidential primary is wide open. Today is an important day to show the strength of our grassroots campaign, especially given the fact that the former vice president has already been collecting checks from major donors for a week leading up to this launch,” former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) wrote in an email to supporters.

“Vice President Biden is officially running. Team — there is no doubt his decision could shake up the race,” wrote Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSchumer calls on McConnell to schedule vote on law enforcement reform bill before July 4 This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic City leaders, Democratic lawmakers urge Trump to tamp down rhetoric as protests rage across US MORE (D-N.J.). “More voices make us a stronger party, but even I admit it’s getting hard to keep track of how many Democrats are running for president. As of today, we're at 20 candidates. The truth is this poses a real challenge for an underdog campaign like ours.”

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeTrump rule limits states from blocking pipeline projects Inslee says Trump coronavirus response akin to if FDR called Pearl Harbor 'a hoax' Green group proposes nearly T infrastructure and clean energy stimulus plan MORE, former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues McConnell gives two vulnerable senators a boost with vote on outdoor recreation bill MORE and former San Antonio Mayor Julian CastroJulian CastroCastro, Warren, Harris to speak at Texas Democratic virtual convention Julián Castro to become senior advisor for Voto Latino It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE also sent out fundraising requests citing Biden's entry into the presidential race.

Updated at 2:04 p.m.