Possible 2020 Presidential Candidate Calls for Marijuana Legalization in New Book

Sen. Kamala Harris D-California in Hart Senate Office Building

"I might", Harris said, smiling and nodding, before breaking out into laughter.

Harris, 54, on a brief tour to promote her new book, "The Truths We Hold: An American Journey", has been coy about whether she'll run, but several sources with knowledge of her plans told the CBS that she will soon go public with her decision, likely during a campaign rally in Oakland.

Colbert directly asked Harris, who appeared on his show Thursday, if she had plans to run for president.

The former California district attorney is known for supporting progressive issues such as single-payer health care, gun control and cannabis decriminalization.

"I think a mishandled announcement can hurt more than a well-handled announcement helps", said the Democratic strategist and pollster Joel Benenson, a veteran of former President Barack Obama's and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaigns.

In October, Harris visited Iowa, South Carolina and Wisconsin, but it was to campaign for Democratic candidates ahead of the midterm elections.

"We're two years into an administration that has proven itself that there are statements that are being made that are simply just not the truth, and are frankly - and are frankly often, especially leading up to the midterm, pardon the term, propaganda", she said.

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Though California is Harris' home state, her team wants to locate its headquarters on the East Coast, near the major cable news outlets and within quicker flying distance to some of the early Midwestern and East Coast primaries and caucuses, such as Iowa, New Hampshire and SC. "And read the book", Harris laughed. She'd also be a stronger presidential candidate if she focused on that campaign.

"That being said, I take full responsibility for anything that has happened in my office", she said.

"Honestly, my candid response is that she's not the first nor will she be the last elected person to curse in public", Harris said.

The debate within her camp has been how, and where, to launch her campaign. Meanwhile, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is also considering a 2020 bid, often refers to her own prosecutorial past.

Yes, Harris can run back to Washington for votes, as previous senators running for president have done.

"Apparently you said you were going to make a decision after the holidays as to whether you were going to run for president", Goldberg said.

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