The Latest: Republican Cox won’t offer position on Kavanaugh
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Latest on a debate between California’s candidates for governor (all times local):
Republican candidate for California governor John Cox didn’t say whether he supported the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cox said during a debate Monday that he’s focused on California issues and is “not going to get into the middle” of the appointment.
Cox says the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford deserved to be heard. She says Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when both were in high school. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.
Democratic candidate Gavin Newsom says Kavanaugh is going to play a major role on issues that matter to California such as reproductive rights. He opposed the nomination.
California’s Democratic candidate for governor is highlighting his Republican opponent’s similarities to President Donald Trump on immigration and environmental policy.
Republican John Cox advocated for repealing California’s so-called sanctuary state law that limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities during a debate Monday with Democrat Gavin Newsom.
Newsom says the law protects immigrants and keeps communities safe. He used Cox’s opposition to the law and support for building a border wall to draw parallels with the president, who is unpopular in California.
On environmental policy, Cox said he thinks California needs to consider the economic costs of fighting climate change.
Newsom, meanwhile, worked to tie Cox to Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from an international climate agreement aimed at reducing emissions.