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 slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death Harris vows to 'put people over profit' in prescription drug plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet MORE (D-Calif.) welcomed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden jokes he's ready for a push-up competition with Trump Biden says his presidency is not 'a third term of Obama' Biden knocks Trump on tweets about 'smart as hell' Ocasio-Cortez 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 SandersWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Sanders slams decision not to charge officer who killed Eric Garner Cardi B says voters let Bernie Sanders down 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 BookerHarris slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race 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 InsleeOregon to require schools to teach about Holocaust The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race MORE, former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperFundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race 2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist Biden proposes tax increases for wealthy as part of health care plan MORE and former San Antonio Mayor Julian CastroJulian CastroFundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race 2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist Julián Castro: 'Everybody knows that the president acts like a white supremacist' MORE also sent out fundraising requests citing Biden's entry into the presidential race.

Updated at 2:04 p.m.