Adam Schiff and Steve Garvey clash over Donald Trump in latest US Senate debate

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Adam Schiff and Steve Garvey clash over Donald Trump in latest US Senate debate

The four leading candidates for California’s open U.S. Senate seat met again this evening, this time in an hour-long San Francisco debate with fewer clashes than their first gathering last month.

Yet, less than a month before the state’s open primary, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) focused many of his attacks on Steve Garvey, the only Republican on stage, particularly on the “issue” of Donald Trump.

“Let me also say this to Mr. Garvey: The greatest threat to our democracy is Donald Trump,” Schiff said.

Garvey voted for Trump in the last two presidential elections, but said that, when it comes to supporting him this year, he will “make that decision when the time comes.” He responded to Schiff by saying that “the most serious threat to democracy is the subversion of the Constitution. Packing the court. Abolishing the filibuster. These are the things that destroy democracy.”

Schiff replied, “Then Donald Trump packed the Supreme Court, which is why millions of Americans lost their right to reproductive freedom, why the Supreme Court is striking down air quality and water quality regulations.” As soon as he started talking about eliminating voting rights, Garvey began interjecting.

“You’re focused on one person and one person only,” Garvey said.

With a battle between Garvey and Representative Katie Porter (D-CA) to secure the second spot on the ballot in the general election, Schiff is leading the race.

Porter has called Schiff “cynical” for spotlighting Garvey in his ads, on the grounds that as a Republican, the former Dodger star would be much easier to defeat than him. In other words, by highlighting Garvey’s past support for Trump, Schiff is also helping Republicans consolidate support among the state’s right-wing voters.

During the debate, Porter took another dig at Schiff during a question about whether there should be an upper age limit for members of Congress. “As Mr. Schiff knows well, it is true that we have gerrymandering and elections that are deep blue districts that do not have truly competitive elections. In fact, he’s hoping to make the Senate race happen with the ads he’s running right now,” she said.

With the help of a loud ringing bell, moderator Frank Buckley of KTLA and Nikki Lorenzo of Inside California Politics kept the candidates within their time limits and attempted to limit them on specific questions. When the candidates attempted to answer in their conversation, they asked the questions again.

Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t.

Schiff was asked whether President Joe Biden was “wrong” to say last week that Israel’s actions in response to the Hamas terrorist attack were “over the top.” After expressing support for the way the president has handled the Israel-Hamas war, Schiff was asked again and said, “I don’t know that I express it in the presidential way. “But I think it’s the right thing for them to do to try to get this negotiated deal where we get an extended pause so we can get the hostages out and get more aid in.”

Garvey has attacked deregulation as the cause of California’s housing crisis, but when pressed about what specific policies he would eliminate, he spoke in general terms. Asked again, he said, “We are seeing that the cost of housing is continuously increasing for one simple reason. Let’s take young adults. Young adults can’t afford the most important equity in their lives… so I constantly go back to the idea of ​​opening doors, reducing inflation.

Other moments:

In the last debate, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) confronted Garvey and called him out for scolding candidates on the issue of homelessness, even though she herself had once been unsheltered. At this meeting, Garvey told her, “I’m so sorry you went through that.”

When asked how he has delivered results in Congress on addressing the homelessness crisis, Lee cited the expansion of the Homeless Agency Task Force and other proposed legislation.

Garvey, who has called for an audit of the money being spent to solve the homelessness crisis, was asked whether those without a home should be allowed to live in RVs and tents while waiting for a permanent solution . “I don’t think so. I think it’s inhumane. There are fires two or three times a week in the city of Los Angeles. There are two or three deaths every week. Let’s get back to humanity. They need to be taken off the streets. Yes. They need care.”

Lee was also asked about his call for a $50 an hour minimum wage and how it would affect small businesses. Noting that she owned and ran a business, she said, “I know what worker productivity means – it means you have to make sure your employees are taken care of and given a living wage. Get paid.”

Garvey was asked whether he would accept Trump’s endorsement. “These are personal choices. I answer to God, my wife, my family and the people of California. And I hope you will respect that I have personal choices.”

Schiff said that “There’s no doubt that we have a crime problem in California, especially with these robberies and robbery incidents,” while pointing out that while Garvey was “playing baseball,” he was the American. The lawyer was working as a prosecutor in the office.

On the border, Garvey said Biden “opened the floodgates and created a crisis in the United States. He should come forward and close the border.”

Porter was asked why, after five years in Congress, she waited until last week to offer a 10-point plan to resolve the crisis. He noted his work as a consumer advocate, but was then pressed for an answer. “I have worked on housing issues since the day I was elected and have talked a lot about it, about the challenges my own family faces,” she said.

At several points, Porter attacked the “Washington insiders” who secured tax breaks for billionaires. “The problem is that the workers who are creating value and working hard aren’t getting enough money to live on, while Washington insiders continue to give huge tax breaks to the rich.”

Later in the debate, Schiff said, “You can’t walk down the halls of Congress without running into five people who are going to say they’re going to shake up Washington. They don’t really get anything done.”

more to come.

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