Six candidates for California governor clashed over health care, education and immigration issues in the first major debate of 2018 on Saturday morning at USC. The Daily News reported that the lively debate frequently pitted Gavin Newsom against everyone else.
Being a white elite is starting to catch up with Newsom. Although the front-runner in public-opinion polls, he faced well deserved criticism from fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa.
Throughout the debate, Villaraigosa out-shined the pack.
The worst moment for Newsom came in the form of a punishing blow from Villaraigosa over the poor results of African American students in San Francisco schools.
Touting improvements in L.A. school graduation rates when he was mayor, Villaraigosa said the next governor must treat minorities’ lower graduation rates as “the civil rights issue of our time, the economic issue of our time.” He said San Francisco County “is the worst county for African American students in this state.”
Polls have shown about 30 percent of California voters undecided about whom to support, and Newsom and Villaraigosa first and second among voters who have a preference.