Kamala Harris Can Go 'Crowd For Crowd' Against Donald Trump in 2020, She's 'Obama-esque' Says Fox News Editor

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris could be one of President Donald Trump's toughest competitors in the upcoming 2020 election, Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt has said.

Speaking during a Special Report "All Star" panel Stirewalt said Harris has already shown she is a force to be reckoned with after some 20,000 people showed up to her campaign launch on Sunday.

Stirewalt said it seemed "Obama-esque" for Harris "to get a crowd that size and that much energy," though, in fact, Harris' campaign launch appeared to draw even bigger crowds than Obama's did when he first launched his presidential bid in 2007.

He also compared the support at Harris' campaign launch to the fervor common at Trump's rallies, saying that "a huge selling point for her is gonna have to be, 'I can go crowd for crowd with Donald Trump because Donald Trump does his rallies, I can do it too. I can generate that kind of energy'."

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Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, who also sat on the "All Star" panel agreed, calling Harris' campaign launch success "a feather in her cap," while also acknowledging that it is still very early on in the Democratic primaries.

Fellow panel member Katie Pavlich, news editor at Townhall.com, said that one advantage Harris has over some competitors is that she cannot be branded part of the "D.C. swamp" or the "establishment" that Trump has so often railed against, particularly as she has only served as a senator for two years.

Reflecting on some of Harris' statements during her campaign launch, during which the California senator suggested that Trump's vision is "not our America," Pavlich suggested that Harris should try to avoid outwardly accusing the president's supporters of "not being on the same moral page as Democrats."

"She talked about 'this is not who we are' and that is a very fine line to walk when it comes to trying to get not primary voters but eventually run against Donald Trump, whose fans are not just Republicans. He has a lot of independent voters, a lot of working-class people who voted for him in 2016 against Hillary Clinton," Pavlich said. "And so, she's going to try and court those voters to get back in places like Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin. She can't accuse them of racism or not being on the same moral page as Democrats right now."

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During her campaign launch speech, Harris appeared to hit out at Trump's rhetoric and worldview without naming the U.S. leader.

"People in power are trying to convince us that the villain in our American story is each other," Harris said. "But that is not our story. That is not who we are. That is not our America."

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks to her supporters during her presidential campaign launch rally in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza on January 27, 2019, in Oakland, California. Mason Trinca/Getty
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