As presidential campaign rollouts go, Sen. Kamala Harris’s was nearly flawless. She launched her candidacy before an impressive crowd of supporters, surrounded herself with veteran political professionals, raised $1.5 million in the first 24 hours of her bid, and earned an intimidating amount of favorable media coverage in the process.

The message to her likely Democratic competitors for the party’s nomination was clear: Get out of the way. But her rollout hit the rocks on Monday night when Harris was asked to expand on one of her core issues—advocacy for a Medicare-for-all health-care system—exposing how little she knew about her signature subject.


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