Kamala Harris Position Changes
[Editor's Note: On Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, Kamala Harris suspended her campaign for president. In a statement published on medium.com, titled "I am Suspending My Campaign Today," Harris stated, "I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life. My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue. 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. In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do. So, to you my supporters, it is with deep regret — but also with deep gratitude — that I am suspending my campaign today. But I want to be clear with you: I am still very much in this fight. And I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for The People. All the people. And I want to be clear: although I am no longer running for President, I will do everything in my power to defeat Donald Trump and fight for the future of our country and the best of who we are."]
We are not suggesting that position changes are good or bad. We understand they are important to voters, which is why we have included them. We list the current position as Now X (Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con) and the former position as Formerly Y (Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con).
Now Not Clearly Pro or Con
Meghan McCain: "You're for decriminalizing border crossings. You're one of the people who raised your hand at the debate."
Kamala Harris: "That is not correct. I am not in favor of decriminalizing, or not having consequence for... let me just be very clear. We have to have a secure border, but I am in favor of saying that we're not going to treat people who are undocumented cross the boders as criminals. That's correct. That is correct... I would not make it a crime punishable by jail. It should be a civil enforcement issue, but not a criminal enforcement one. So there should be -- you know, you gotta play by the rules, but we can't treat people like criminals when they're crossing the border.”
Source: Susan Jones, "Kamala Harris: No Jail for Illegal Border Crossers, 'But I Believe in Border Security,'" cnsnews.com, July 16, 2019
[Editor's Note: Kamala Harris raised her hand during the June 27, 2019 democratic debate when Jose Diaz-Balart asked "If you'd be so kind, raise your hand if you think it should be a civil offense rather than a crime to cross the border without documentation?"]
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