Democratic Candidates Single Out Lone Republican

Democratic Candidates Single Out Lone Republican

( – Former Major League Baseball player Steve Garvey has plenty of experience with competition, but he faced a unique challenge at a US Senate primary debate in California on January 22, where three Democratic candidates teamed up on him as the only Republican on the stage. Garvey is seeking to secure a spot on the general election ballot in an effort to win one of California’s US Senate seats in November.

Garvey split his baseball career between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres as a first baseman. Garvey announced his senate bid in October, following the death of Senator Dianne Feinstein in September. California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Laphonza Butler to serve out Feinstein’s term, although she is not running to keep the seat.

Three Democratic candidates joined Garvey on the debate stage: Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congresswoman Katie Porter, and Congressman Adam Schiff. Unlike the three Democrats, Garvey is new to the political world.

The trio of Democrats attacked Garvey for allegedly dodging questions about whether he supports former US President Donald Trump in the 2024 election. “Once a Dodger, always a Dodger,” Porter said, using a baseball pun to reference the accusations.

Schiff questioned Garvey about what it would take for him to disavow Trump. Garvey maintained that Trump was the best candidate in 2016 and 2020, but avoided confirming whether he would support him in the 2024 race.

Porter also called on Garvey to make his stance on abortion clear. Garvey described himself as a “conservative moderate” and stated his opposition to a federal abortion ban.

Although Garvey stood out as the lone Republican on the stage, the three Democrats had to take steps to differentiate themselves from each other. Lee and Schiff expressed support for earmarks in Congress, whereas Porter criticized the practice. Lee separated herself from Porter and Schiff in her calls for a ceasefire in Gaza. Schiff highlighted his experience leading impeachment efforts against Trump.

Voting in the California primary ends on March 5, after which only the top two candidates will move on to the November general election ballot.

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