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With less than a week to go until the primary, two Democratic candidates for governor — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles — are engaged in border-to-border bus trips.
Mr. Newsom’s tour took him to a labor hall in Burbank on Wednesday. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some excerpts from his 16-minute speech, condensed and edited for clarity.
“I am of the humble opinion that in an economy as large, with a population as diverse and extraordinary as ours, with the natural instincts to lead, with the ability to redirect existing resources in a more resourceful way, that we could cover every single citizen and every single resident in this state, regardless of income, and provide universal health care. Regardless of pre-existing conditions, your ability to pay, or your immigration status. We can lead the nation in that conversation.
“In so many ways, the world is looking to us. This is California. I wouldn’t want to be anyplace else. Eat your heart out, Texas. California is a special place: a majority-minority state; 27 percent of this state foreign born. The state has brought in 112,000 refugees in the last 15 years: 1,454 Syrian refugees. No other state has taken more Syrian refugees, Mr. Trump. It’s a point of pride.