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Feinstein’s Challenger Issues Challenge: Come Home to California and Debate

The last time Dianne Feinstein debated an opponent was in 2000. Her Democrat challenger this year wants to change that.

By NTK Staff | 08.21.2018 @9:00am
Feinstein’s Challenger Issues Challenge: Come Home to California and Debate

State Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) has a simple message for his state’s senior senator: come home to California, and let’s debate.

De León is the longshot Democrat who hopes to unseat the four-term incumbent, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). The two earned the most votes in California’s June primary, and thanks to the Golden State’s unusual rules, that puts them both in the general election in November.

De León, 51, earned the endorsement of the California Democratic Party – a group that has for years viewed Feinstein, 85, with suspicion – and de León’s not toning down his fiery rhetoric.

“The seat in the U.S. Senate is not entitled,” he said, according to Politico. “Here in California, we hold elections — not coronations.”

De Leon added pointedly that “on Oct. 27, 2000, Sen. Feinstein stepped off the debate stage for the last time, and we haven’t seen her there since,’’ while the state has shifted markedly with regard to issues like jobs, economy and climate change.

Many voters who were only infants, or weren’t even born when the former San Francisco mayor first won her Senate seat, may be casting their ballots for the first time this year, he said, adding that they “need to know where she stands” on issues like “debt-free college and education.”

To put a fine point on it, de León added: “If she were doing her job, I wouldn’t have run.”

Meanwhile, Feinstein’s campaign said they are working on finding a date to debate de León. Feinstein is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, charged with overseeing the hearing to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. That hearing is expected to start September 4.

Feinstein is crushing de León in most polls, including one that showed her up 46-24 among likely voters. Still, de León is attracting more attention than many thought he would, and it’s unlikely Feinstein will be able to ignore him through Election Day.

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