In their one and only face-to-face appearance before the November election, California’s candidates for the U.S. Senate, incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Democratic state Sen. Kevin de León exchanged policy visions in a subdued conversation at the Public Policy Institute of California, moderated by PPIC President Mark Baldassare.
The event was probably the last best chance for de León to make a strong impression on voters who are not paying close attention to the U.S. Senate race and who do not know nearly as much about him as they do about Feinstein.
There were very few moments that seemed to change the basic dynamic of the race in which polls show Feinstein with a healthy, if diminishing, lead.
But contrasts did emerge in the candidates' style — de León promised to take the "resistance" to the halls of the U.S Senate, while Feinstein cautioned that unless Democrats gain a majority in Congress, they shouldn't over-promise on results on issues like gun control.
“It’s very hard back there on issues like this," Feinstein said. "It’s not like here in California.”