California Sen. Dianne Feinstein to seek re-election

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein to seek re-election

Democrat Dianne Feinstein, the oldest current US senator, said on Monday she was "all in" to run for re-election next year in her home state of California.

Throughout her 25 years in the Senate, Feinstein has often been on the left flank of the Democratic Party, and while she has supported the Affordable Care Act and the environment, she has also supported the Iraq War, the Patriot Act and its extension, and the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which enabled the government to create massive data-sweeping programs that many civil liberties advocates denounced as overly broad.

Feinstein said that she hopes to end gun violence, fix climate change, and improve access to healthcare. "I'm all in!" the tweet said. The survey found that just 41 percent of adults say she should run for a sixth term and that only 43 percent of likely voters believe the senator should seek another term.

Feinstein, 84, is California's senior senator and the oldest USA senator in office.

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The issue of gun violence surged to the fore last week after a shooter in Las Vegas slaughtered 58 people and injured almost 500 more with high-powered semi-automatic rifles. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said that if Republicans were willing to pass a bill banning bump stock devices - like those used by the Las Vegas hotel sniper - he would support the legislation, even if it was not accompanied by any other restrictions of weapons purchases.

But the senior senator said twice on Sunday that no gun control legislation would have stopped the mass shooting. Congressional Republicans and President Trump have, however, called for a review of federal policy that now permits bump stocks. She is the top Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee. Feinstein, for one, has been targeted by the Golden State's far-left members who have attacked her for not being liberal enough. Some of the Democrats now running for governor, including State Treasurer John Chiang, hadn't ruled out switching to a Senate campaign.

Should Feinstein run again and is her age a concern? If the 83-year-old opts to retire, Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate who now lives in Utah, is among those considering a potential campaign.

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