Is Sen. Kamala Harris running for president in 2020?
While the Democratic party’s rising star has yet to confirm her plans, her Facebook presence has people speculating that she may be amping up to throw her hat in the ring.
According to the Huffington Post, Harris is currently running approximately 1,100 Facebook ads asking folks to sign a petition to “Protect Mueller,” a tactic politicians often use to generate lists of potential voters and their email addresses for upcoming campaigns.
Progressive digital firm, Acronym, first noticed the California senator’s increased internet presence in its weekly newsletter which tracks digital ad spending. And although she may be pushing more aggressively than most, Harris isn’t the only one getting her ducks in a row in this manner.
The HuffPost also reports that former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), ran approximately 600 ads to promote a similar petition seeking to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“Democratic Sens. Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Michael Bennet and Sherrod Brown, and Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) also introduced a few dozen Facebook ads after the midterm elections asking viewers to sign petitions — to protect health care, Mueller, Planned Parenthood, or to “fight corruption” in President Donald Trump’s administration.
None of them appears to be running more than a few dozen Facebook ads,” the publication states.
These petitions aren’t merely meant for Democrats though, as there is also reference to a bipartisan bill that would bar Trump from firing Mueller, or any other special counsel, so that he/she can objectively lead the investigation into alleged meddling by Russia into the 2016 presidential election – without corruption or interference.
Hundreds of Harris’ “Protect Mueller” ads appeared on Nov. 8, just two days after the 2018 midterms. While critics opine that the digital petition won’t do much to actually protect Mueller, they do concede that it can help Harris build a digital army needed when heading into battle in 2020.