By Kamala Harris
The first debate in the race for California’s next U.S. Senator is April 25. I wanted to know what you’d ask if you were a debate moderator, and many of you submitted some great questions. Take a look at a few of them below and click here to submit your own.
Q: As a Senator, would finding solutions to global warming be one of your priorities?
– Beverly in San Francisco
A: Beverly, this would be one of my top priorities. While California Senators have a legacy of vigorously protecting our environment and natural resources, Congress has repeatedly blocked measures to fight climate change and global warming. In the Senate, I’ll stand up to the climate change deniers and fight to pass national climate change legislation that promotes innovation, such as creating a cap-and-trade market for carbon pollution.
Q: Will you be a Senator who represents your constituents or change to someone who represents the lobbyists or other interests?
– Shirley in Maricopa
A: Shirley, as a career-long prosecutor, I have had one client and one client only: the people of the state of California. As your Attorney General, I stood up to Big Banks and brought home $20 billion for California homeowners who were the victims of the mortgage crisis. I’ve fought Big Oil to protect our environment. And I secured a $1 billion settlement from predatory for-profit colleges that scammed vulnerable students. I have a history of being a fighter for Californians, and that will not change when I am in the Senate.
Q: Dodgers or Giants????
– Ben in Los Angeles
Q: Will you take steps to remove cannabis from the Schedule One list of narcotics?
– Steven in Los Angeles
A: Yes, I would work to remove marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II. We need to reform our criminal justice system and changing the marijuana classification and drug sentencing laws are part of that effort.
Q: I’m a 65-year-old senior who gets Social Security benefits. What is your plan to [protect the program for] seniors, the disabled, veterans, and for many generations to come?
– Richard in Broward Co., Florida
A: Richard, thank you from writing in from Florida. Social Security is an issue that affects every American, no matter where they live. That’s why protecting it should be a top priority for any Senator.
Social Security and Medicare are the bedrock of our social contract. Together, these safety net programs keep millions of seniors and people living with disabilities out of poverty. While some in Washington have voted to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, I would oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and work to strengthen these programs.
If you have a question you’d like to submit, click here. I’ll answer as many as I can.
And click here to watch the first debate on April 25 at 6pm PT.