Feinstein Announces She Will Run For Re-Election In 2018

Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif. ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Feinstein is giving her strongest hints so far that she’s going to seek a fifth full Senate term

Feinstein Announces She Will Run For Re-Election In 2018

In a Sunday interview with NBC News' Meet the Press, Feinstein said the public would find out "very shortly" whether she will run for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate next year. "We are better off with her leadership and I look forward to continuing to fight together for California in the Senate".

"Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare", Feinstein wrote.

Feinstein said her legislation banning bump stocks had attracted "Republican interest" although the 38 co-sponsors so far were all Democrats.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the junior senator from California, released a statement Monday in support of Feinstein's re-election campaign.

With the political winds seeming to shift in her favor, Ms. Feinstein said she has a bill written in "plain English" that will ban any device created to increase rates of fire.

The issue of gun violence surged to the fore last week after a shooter in Las Vegas slaughtered 58 people and injured almost 500 more with high-powered semi-automatic rifles.

The powerful lobby last week surprised many gun control advocates by embracing possible restrictions on the bump stock devices in the wake of the shootings that killed more than 50 people and injured 500, prompting bipartisan support in Congress for regulating or banning bump stocks. The devices were found on several of the weapons in the assailant's Las Vegas hotel room. Among them: She said two months ago that she hopes Trump "has the ability to learn and to change, and if he does, he can be a good president". "The fact that the establishment is rallying around her reelection shows that D.C. insiders continued to privilege protecting one of their own over the voters concerns [sic]".

Beyond opposition from the left in the media and with some holding office, Feinstein may face problems with California voters.

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