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California Senator Kamala Harris officially ended her campaign for president on Tuesday, saying that she’s “not a billionaire” and can’t afford to fund her bid to become president like former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who’s self-funding his own presidential run and has spent more than $100-million since officially announcing his candidacy a couple of weeks ago. From Politico:
Harris told aides of her intentions in an all-staff call. A person familiar with the call said she sounded distraught. While Harris had qualified for the December debate in her home state, she was running dangerously low on cash — lacking the resources to air TV ads in Iowa — and her staff was gripped by long-running internal turmoil.
Still, the news came as a shock to some of her biggest supporters. Just as Harris was announcing the news internally, a super PAC had cleared more than $1 million in TV ads in Iowa to boost her struggling campaign. The ad, which argued she was the best-equipped candidate to take on Trump, was canceled.
Harris dinged Michael Bloomberg on her way out the door, according to the Daily Mail.
‘My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,’ she wrote in an online essay.
‘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.
Bloomberg actually bested Harris in a new polls this week, climbing to six percent, though he’s still the second most popular mayor running for president, with Pete Buttigieg drawing nine percent in the same polling.
Kamala Harris joins Eric “Nuke ‘Em” Swalwell and Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke as candidates who adopted gun confiscation policies, only to see their campaigns flounder afterwards. We should expect to see the remaining 15 candidates (yet, there are still 15 candidates) couch their support for compensated confiscation plans going forward, though each and every one of them still supports a ban on the most commonly sold rifles and magazines in the country. As Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon recently noted, candidates are talking less about gun control on the campaign trail. That doesn’t mean they’ve changed their mind, just their tune.
I suspect that even if candidates like Pete Buttigieg publicly dismiss the idea of a mandatory “gun buyback”, there’s no chance that he or any other candidate would veto such a bill if it got to his desk as president. Unfortunately, there is no pro-Second Amendment supporter in the crowded field of Democrats running for their party’s nomination, and even though Kamala Harris may have dropped out, the infringements on the right to bear arms that she promised to put in place if elected live on in the gun control policies of the remaining candidates.