Meanwhile, Harris said Friday she plans to decide soon about running for president in 2020.
The former California attorney general also expressed regret that she was not informed by her staff that her former top aide in that previous office was accused of gender harassment, a lawsuit that the attorney general'soffice settled for almost $400,000 after she had moved on to the US Senate.
It's a chance for Harris to roll out her personal story while previewing the fundamental themes of her prospective campaign, drawn from her time as a career prosecutor and her ideas about reforming the criminal justice system.
"San Francisco is viewed as a very nutty place by people outside of California, and frankly, by a lot of people inside California", Democratic strategist Darry Sragow, who teaches political science at the University of Southern California, told CBS News. "That's what's happening", Harris said.
As the first woman and the first person of color to fill the role of California attorney general, Harris said her mother warned her about society's stereotypes regarding women, specifically beliefs that lead some people to reject women in leadership.
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"We need to legalize marijuana and regulate it", she adds.
Beyond the book, Harris supported legislation that passed the Senate late previous year and overhauls the criminal justice system, especially when it comes to sentencing rules. Harris said she was unaware of her office's work and was "shocked" to read about it in the newspaper. She also spent heavily to build out her digital campaign infrastructure and cultivate supporters online.
The memoir - and the publicity surrounding it - will shift the 2020 campaign spotlight to Harris this week after much of the focus has been on her Senate colleague Elizabeth Warren.
The timing of the book tour and media blitz gives Harris - a first-term Democrat who still lacks the name recognition of some of her would-be competitors despite cutting a high-profile during the Supreme Court nomination hearings of Brett Kavanaugh - the opportunity to get a toehold in the news cycle while preserving some intrigue for a formal campaign launch in the near future.
"He ran as the law-and-order president", Elleithee said of Trump.
Harris has remained as outspoken as any about President Donald Trump and his policies. She has a real chance, and I'll be rooting for her. "Being able to go toe-to-toe with him on law and order in a smarter way, I think, is going to be important".