Since we’re all based in Southern California and could do it in-studio, I ran up to Los Angeles with Bridget and Maya for an interview on The Young Turks’ show The Conversation with host Brooke Thomas. It was scheduled to be with Cenk Uygur, but worked out well this way from my perspective since I really enjoyed Brooke’s questioning style, and I was able to address quite a few topics for such a short segment. I was given no clue what sort of things she would ask, which made it fun for me! We discussed how a historian could help the Congress function better, why we should want to get rid of the incumbent, where I stand on impeachment, how I plan to reach out to conservative and independent voters, what my views are on health care policy, and how I would approach criminal justice reform and the student debt crisis.
Late in the evening I joined Alebrelle’s show on the Twitch streaming platform for a wide-ranging interview and discussion of policies and politics. He did enough homework on me to ask some very pointed questions from a leftist perspective, and his audience contributed a good many more. What was expected to last an hour or two ended up filling his entire show-time of three-plus hours! I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to respond directly to substantive questions about our national direction, and know that Bridget has a number of other such opportunities waiting for me in future. 🙂
My second opportunity to address a major Democratic club in the area was provided by the Democrats of Southwest Riverside County. As with TVD, I spoke for about fifteen minutes, then took questions for another fifteen minutes or so, and laid out some of the key elements of my approach to the race and comments on our national direction.
On this day we released our first video advertisement, an introduction to my candidacy that says a little about my working-class roots, my professional life as a historian, and why I’m running for Congress.