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3. Biggest issues they advocate for

One of the most noticeable pillars of Harris’ short-lived presidential campaign was the push for an increase in teacher pay. According to her campaign website, the California senator hoped to “give the average teacher in America a $13,500 raise, about a 23 percent increase in base pay.”

Bass’ national profile has been raised in the weeks following the death of George Floyd while in police custody. The California congresswoman cosponsored the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a piece of legislation designed to “hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement and our communities by addressing systemic racism and bias to help save lives.” The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed the bill on June 25.

The legislation would ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants and mandate the use of dashboard cameras and body cameras. Additionally, it would weaken qualified immunity, which aims to protect law enforcement officers from lawsuits.

Rice, who does not have as much of a domestic policy portfolio as Bass and Harris, laid out her vision of the world in her memoir, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For. In an appearance at her alma mater of Stanford University last fall, Rice cited “family, education, equality, national unity and preservation of our democracy” as “things worth fighting for.” She wrote her dissertation on “Rhodesia’s transition from white rule.”

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