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Xavier Becerra prods media to probe Kamala Harris’ positions

Democrat Xavier Becerra, a congressman from Los Angeles, speaking with reporters Friday evening at the California Democratic Party convention in Orange County.
Democrat Xavier Becerra, a congressman from Los Angeles, speaking with reporters Friday evening at the California Democratic Party convention in Orange County. ccadelago@sacbee.com

Anaheim

Rep. Xavier Becerra, mulling a run for the U.S. Senate, urged the media to more aggressively question Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Democratic frontrunner in the race.

Harris, who has been in the contest for four months, has yet to subject herself to extensive questioning from news reporters. She is scheduled to address delegates at the California Democratic Party convention Saturday.

“I think it’s important to give the people a chance to know now what the candidates are thinking – not just a month before the elections,” Becerra, D-Los Angeles, said in an hour-long interview with reporters here.

Becerra, the fourth-ranking House Democrat, said veteran Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who launched her Senate campaign Thursday, is likely to play up her nearly two decades in Congress.

“You could check Loretta’s record. You could check my record, and you could certainly ask us about federal issues that are pending, or upcoming. But you can have a pretty good sense of our track record,” he said.

He questioned if the same was true of Harris, and wondered what positions she holds on various matters.

“What would she do? What are her values on these issues?” Becerra asked.

“Do you want to know how she would vote on an Iran nuclear deal? Do you want to know where she’ll stand on how we deal with transportation infrastructure funding? Do you want to know where she stands on intelligence surveillance.”

“... If you don’t know that, then that means the voters probably don’t know that, either,” he added. “If you’re in the race – tell people where you are.”

The Harris campaign noted that she is scheduled to address delegates at the convention Saturday, and has set aside time to talk with the media afterward.

Christopher Cadelago: (916) 326-5538, @ccadelago

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