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Kamala Harris joins CNN climate change town hall after criticism from activists

2020 Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Cali.)
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2020 Democratic contender Sen. Kamala Harris' campaign announced Tuesday that she will take part in a Sept. 4 CNN town hall on climate change after initially declining due to a scheduling conflict.

Why it matters: She has said rather little about her climate platform compared to detailed plans from some other top-tier hopefuls.

What they're saying: "We were happy to change our schedule to accommodate such a critical conversation," Harris spokesperson Lily Adams told multiple outlets. "As Harris has said, this is a climate crisis and is one of the most urgent reasons we need a new president."

The intrigue: Harris' reversal followed criticism from some climate activists, including the Sunrise Movement, over her initial decision against participating.

  • It's still unclear whether Harris will have unveiled details about her plans ahead of the event. The campaign did not respond to inquiries.

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