Katie Porter opens door on presidential age limits in Senate debate

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Democratic Representative Katie porter On Monday, she supported exploring age limits for all elected officials, even as she praised the record of her party’s octogenarian leader, Pres Joe Biden.

“When I evaluate President Biden, what I look for are results — what he has done to help my family. “I’m happy with what he’s done so far,” Porter said in a 60-minute debate in the California Senate in San Francisco. “I think in general, age limits are a conversation for all elected officials that we should be having.”

The candidates were asked about “age limits” — and whether Biden, 81, and former President Donald Trump, 77, are too old to serve a second term in the White House. This long-simmering question exploded into full boil last week with the release of a Report of the Special Adviser Which presented a harsh picture of Biden’s mental abilities.

None of the three Democrats directly raised alarm about Biden’s age during the second televised showdown in the California race. Republican Steve Garvey, the former Major League Baseball player, cast the president in a pathetic light – at odds with those in his own party who sense a political opportunity in mocking the president’s mental acuity.

“We are saddened to look at him in the state he is in now,” Garvey said.

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff (63 years old) defended Biden and used the question to declare that Trump is unfit for office at any age.

Porter, 50, is campaigning on a message of generational change and positions herself as a disruptor of the status quo in Washington. No explicit references have been made to her opponents: She is locked in a battle for second place against Garvey, 75, and her fellow Democrat, Rep. Barbara Lee, 77. Porter did not deal with either of these opponents.

Instead, she took the opportunity to hit Shiv, Leader in the raceHe called him a hypocrite and accused him of supporting “age limits” for Supreme Court justices, but not holding the same standard to members of Congress. (Porter later clarified to reporters that she was referring to Schiff’s position on term limits in Congress and the Supreme Court.)

Throughout the evening, Porter made repeated attempts to compare herself to Schiff, and returned to criticizing him Accepting donations From corporate PACs.

Shiv didn’t take the bait.

The congressman from Burbank has put in millions of dollars Behind the TV ads The contest was portrayed as a one-on-one match with Garvey.

He followed that up Monday night. As Porter and Lee looked on, Schiff clashed with the Republican over his refusal to say whether he would welcome Trump’s support.

“Let me also say this to Mr. Garvey, the most dangerous threat we have to our democracy is Donald Trump,” Schiff said.

Garvey, who Vote for Trump In 2020 and 2016, he declined to say whether he would support him again in 2024. With time to respond to Schiff, Garvey relished the moment.

“No, sir,” he said to Chief. “The single greatest threat to democracy is the dismantling of the Constitution: the mobilization of democracy [Supreme] court; Eliminate obstruction. “These are the things that dismantle democracy.”

Schiff jumped back in to respond to Garvey.

“Donald Trump packed the Supreme Court, which is why millions of Americans lost their right to reproductive freedom, and which is why the Supreme Court struck down air quality and water quality regulations,” Schiff said.

Garvey concluded his speech by saying that Schiff, whose political career was launched during the first impeachment of Trump, “is focused on one person and one person only.”

While Schiff impatiently treated Garvey as a contradictory figure, there was, by contrast, no support from his fellow Democrats. The last time The four candidates met on stage at a debate conducted by Politico and Fox 11 in late January in Los Angeles.

Lee, who is ranked fourth in the polls, enjoyed piecing together Garvey’s tangled answers at that previous meeting. On Monday, she stuck to the background on her resume, pointing to her past experience living on public assistance and being homeless.

While Schiff tried to keep his focus on Garvey, Porter’s criticisms of him did not go entirely unanswered. He made an oblique reference to Porter’s campaign slogan to “shake up the Senate,” noting that it was impossible to “walk the halls of Congress without bumping into more than five people” and making similar pledges.

“They don’t end up actually getting anything done,” he said.

Dustin Gardiner contributed to this report.

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