The state Democratic Convention is drawing big names in California's political world, many running for statewide office. But some of the most prominent speakers aren't running for anything — at least not yet. Several possible presidential contenders addressed the delegates this weekend, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The mayor insists he's not running for president in 2020. Still, recent visits to Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Indiana and South Carolina give the impression he might be thinking about it. During his speech at the California Convention, Garcetti focused mainly on national, rather than state, themes. But, he says, that's what he's most worried about.
In a reference to the recent school shooting in Florida, Garcetti said "when it comes to public safety, we're hearing more from our teenagers than we are from our president."
Talking to reporters afterwards, Garcetti reiterated his emphasis on national issues.
"I'm concerned about the lack of leadership nationally and the impact on my city and on my fellow mayors' cities," he said. "I think that's where you see the biggest contrast. Some people who are just sending tweets and some people who are fixing our streets."