2020 Democrats thank Harris for friendship, candidacy after senator drops out

Democratic presidential candidates shared supportive messages for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRep. Bobby Rush endorses Bloomberg's White House bid Actor Michael Douglas endorses Bloomberg for president Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover-up,' 'national disgrace' MORE (D-Calif.) Tuesday after she dropped her White House bid.

The presidential hopefuls thanked Harris for her friendship and leadership throughout the 2020 campaign.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPatrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Booker ahead of Trump impeachment trial: 'History has its eyes on us' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE (D-N.J.) shared moments with Harris on the campaign trail, tweeting support for his “dear friend.”

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“My dear friend @KamalaHarris is a trailblazer. I've loved serving with her in the Senate and every moment we've run into one another on the trail. Her campaign broke barriers and did it with joy. Love you, sister,” Booker tweeted.

Another of Harris’s Senate colleagues, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Sanders holds four-point lead on Biden in new California poll MORE (D-Minn.), said the campaign only brought her and Harris closer together.

“Kamala is a good friend and incredibly strong public servant. Sometimes campaigns can tear friendships apart but we have grown closer. Her good work will continue,” Klobuchar tweeted.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump on Clinton's Sanders comments: 'She's the one that people don't like' MORE (I-Vt.) thanked Harris for running a “spirited and issue-oriented campaign” and said he looks forward to working with her to “defeat the most dangerous president in history and ending the hatred and divisiveness that he has created.”

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Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions MORE, a billionaire who is self-financing his presidential campaign, said Harris brought “important ideas and perspective to the race.” 

“And we will especially need her leadership and commitment to justice in the Senate as Congress weighs impeachment,” he added.

Harris seemingly took a swipe at Bloomberg, a late entry to the field of Democratic candidates, when she announced the end of her campaign. 

“I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete,” Harris wrote to supporters.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Hillary Clinton tears open wound with her attack on Sanders MORE (D-Mass.) also seemed to call out Bloomberg in her tweet of support for Harris on Tuesday.

“Kamala is right—our system is deeply broken when billionaires can buy their way in. I'll fight with you to make sure our government works for all of us,” Warren tweeted. She also thanked Harris for her for her commitment to “fighting for the people, for justice, and to holding Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE accountable.

Billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Sanders holds four-point lead on Biden in new California poll MORE also shared support for Harris as a friend and “fierce advocate for equality.” 

“As a fierce advocate for equality, Sen. @KamalaHarris has been and continues to be a force in and beyond California. I’m proud to call her a friend, and I know her work on behalf of the American people is just getting started,” Steyer tweeted.

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetWarren ad claims Trump fears her most Sanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans MORE (D-Colo.) said Harris’s “leadership is critical,” while adding that he is “grateful for her voice in this race.”

Former Gov. Deval PatrickDeval PatrickPatrick backs reparations in unveiling 'Equity Agenda for Black Americans' Buttigieg to attend MLK Day event in South Carolina after facing criticism Deval Patrick knocks lack of diversity in Democratic debate MORE (D-Mass.), a late entry into the race, said the party and nation "are better" based on Harris’s talent and dedication, tweeting, "I look forward to working with her in the years ahead."

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro also thanked Harris for her friendship and candidacy.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Hillary Clinton tears open wound with her attack on Sanders MORE (D) thanked Harris for her “leadership and courage,” tweeting, "I know she will continue to fight fearlessly on behalf of the American people—and our democracy."

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Trump says impeachment lawyers were 'really good' MORE, who is on an eight-day bus tour across Iowa, told a reporter he has “mixed feelings” about Harris dropping out.

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“She is a first rate intellect, a first rate candidate and a real competitor. I have mixed emotions about it because she is really a solid solid person and loaded with talent,” Biden said, according to ABC News reporter Molly Nagle.

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll Sanders holds four-point lead on Biden in new California poll Yang highlights outsider status in Iowa ad ahead of caucuses MORE said he was “stunned” to see Harris drop out. He called her one of his “favorite people to share time with on the trail.”

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“So warm, smart, fiery and a true public servant,” Yang tweeted. “She offered my family help and guidance when she didn’t need to. Kamala I will see you soon.”

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard knocks Clinton's jab at Sanders: 'This isn't high school' The data is clear: A woman could win in 2020 'I Like Bernie' hashtag trends after Clinton criticizes Sanders MORE (D), who feuded with Harris on the debate stage, sent her “best wishes” to Harris, the senator's family and the campaign's supporters.

“While we disagree on some issues, we agree on others & I respect her sincere desire to serve the American people. I look forward to working together on the challenges we face as a nation,” Gabbard tweeted.

Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules Elizabeth Warren moves 'bigly' to out-trump Trump DNC goof: Bloomberg should be on debate stage MORE (D-Md.), a long-shot candidate, called Harris "one of the truly great leaders in the Democratic Party."

"@KamalaHarris is one of the truly great leaders in the Democratic Party. Her campaign slogan 'For the People perfectly embodies what public service is all about. April and I very much enjoyed the opportunity to get to know @KamalaHarris and @douglasemhoff on the trail," he tweeted.

Harris launched her 2020 bid as a leading candidate, showing promise when she took Biden to task during the early Democratic debates. In recent months, however, her campaign has endured declining polling numbers, staff turmoil and a lack of funds.

With Harris's departure, there are now 15 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination.

Updated at 4:55 p.m.