YUMA, Ariz. – Five Democratic candidates are taking the stage tonight in Las Vegas for the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. Those will be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, former Senator Jimm Webb, and former governors Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee.
Clinton and Sanders have a clear lead in the polls, while the remaining three have had less spotlight. California assembly member Eduardo Garcia (D) of the 56th District represents Imperial Valley says he looks forward to the discussion.
“I’m hoping to hear a really good discussion, a debate on real issues relating to jobs in America, people of color in America and upward mobility opportunity. I’m interested to hear on what their positions are to foreign policy,” said Garcia.
Garcia notes Sanders is making great strides appealing to the masses with popular topics like income inequality on his campaign trail, despite Sanders’s recent comment proclaiming himself to be an Independent Socialist.
Garcia said, “Anytime someone brings up the term or the label Independent and or Socialist it obviously alienates a group of individuals within the party. I’m talking about people who have been loyal to the Democratic party. But I think there is a space and a place for the issues that he’s talking about on this campaign trail.”
But Garcia, like many die-hard Democrats is leaning toward Clinton in the race for Commander-In-Chief. Garcia was one of several who pushed for income equality in California between men and women. He says a female President would be a great role model.
“I think it would be fantastic I have a 15-month-old, a little baby girl…what better than for her to grow up knowing there is an opportunity to be the commander in chief of this great nation,” asked Garcia.
When asked if Garcia endorsed any candidate yet, he said it’s too soon to do so with Vice President Joe Biden still a possible contender who has also been invited to Tuesday’s debate.
“I think it’s way early, in fact, way too early because when you’re talking about the possibility of our Vice President Joe Biden entering the race I think it really throws in a unique dynamic in the overall landscape,” said Garcia.
CNN’s coverage of the Democratic presidential debate starts at 8:30 p.m. ET. The news agency reports Anderson Cooper is moderating. Dana Bash and Juan Carlos Lopez will also ask questions.