National Nurses United (NNU) executive director Bonnie Castillo was among the prominent progressives who praised Harris's statement, noting that Medicare for All advocates will demand similar commitments from other Democrats running for president and all elected officials.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Elizabeth Warren of MA, who have taken steps toward presidential bids of their own, also have been confronted with questions about potential liabilities during appearances in Iowa this month.
She is not just saying that dealing with private insurance is sometimes annoying, which most people would agree is true, and that this should be fixed. "He was aspirational like our country is aspirational", she said of the civil rights leader.
"It's not that it's not American", Schultz said. We know it ended a little short for him.
He added, "But now that we look back on it, the premiums have skyrocketed and we need to go back to the Affordable Care Act, refine it and fix it". As for the NRA, which awards her a 7 percent rating, she acknowledged that its influence was "real" but also suggested that its power has been overstated, making the organization a "paper tiger". She paid a political price for her disruption, receiving nearly no support from law enforcement groups during her attorney general run in 2010.
California Republicans also took aim at Harris over the comments.
Harris, a former prosecutor and California state attorney general, argued that solutions, such as an assault-weapons ban and universal-background-check legislation, have been devised and proven effective, but can not be implemented because her colleagues in Congress lack "the courage to act the right way".
"And it's unfortunate that more and more Democrats are embracing these radical political positions", Cruz said. Should he lose to someone more in line with the base - a Warren or a Sanders or a Harris - Democrats may face the possibility that Trump's popularity ratings matter less to the general public than Democrats' extremism. Law professor Lara Bazleoni in a New York Times op-ed last week cited occasions on which Ms Harris backed contentious policies, and some on social media shared photos of her posing with immigration agents, along with the hashtag #NeverKamala.
Harris, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, said that as she and her sister, Maya Harris, grew up in the East Bay they were "raised by a community with a deep belief in the promise of our country, and a deep understanding of the parts of that promise that still remain unfulfilled".
Senator Kamala Harris embodies the current state of the Democratic Party.
In Bragman's thread, he pointed out that Harris' speech was a stump speech for her 2010 re-election campaign for attorney general.
Harris rarely mentioned Trump by name, but he was clearly a target.
Harris addressed her detractors briefly in her launch speech, saying: "I am not ideal".