Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris kicked off her campaign for the presidency on Sunday with an energetic rally of thousands of supporters in her hometown of Oakland, California, framing her candidacy as an effort to restore fundamental American values she believes are under attack.

“We are at an inflection point in the history of our world. We are at an inflection point in the history of our nation. We are here because the American dream and our American democracy are under attack and on the line like never before,” Harris said. “We are here at this moment in time because we must answer a fundamental question: Who are we? … Who are we as Americans?”

She declared that “under this administration, America’s position in the world has never been weaker” with “foreign powers infecting the White House like malware.”

The 54-year-old freshman lawmaker announced her bid for the Democratic nomination last week, becoming the fourth female candidate to wade into the already-crowded race.

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