“Election Day is two weeks away, and virtually all the polls show Democrat Gavin Newsom way ahead of Republican John Cox in the race for California governor. In a one-on-one interview with Eyewitness News, Newsom talked about where he stands on everything from the gas tax to the state’s housing crunch. Newsom stopped at the St. Joseph Center Food Pantry in Venice to roll out plans for a new California corps, linking up volunteer programs for the underserved.
“You all saw a couple of weeks back, Monday headlines in California, 19 percent of Californians live below the poverty line, the highest poverty rates in the United States of America,” Newsom told reporters. With more than half the state’s voters requesting mail-in ballots, every day is Election Day now until Nov. 6. Newsom said he’s not coasting, despite his solid lead and a campaign war chest five times the size of his opponent.
“I’m not constitutionally capable. I don’t know if it’s because I’m Irish, but I’ve always run as if I’m 10, 20 points behind,” Newsom said in an interview with Eyewitness News. He came out on top of a crowded field of primary candidates. He outpolled the leading Democrats, with Republican businessman Cox coming in second.
The Los Angeles Times has endorsed Newsom in the runoff, citing his grasp of government details.
“Policy matters, and I have dozens of policy teams. I pride myself on the details as a former mayor, as a two-term lieutenant governor, and I think, look, the best politics is a better idea,” he said.
Newsom has served two terms as lieutenant governor alongside Gov. Jerry Brown.
Three years ago, he celebrated the Supreme Court upholding same-sex marriage, ending legal challenges begun in 2004, when – as newly elected San Francisco mayor – Newsom allowed marriage licenses for gay couples.
A quick round of questions on campaign hot topics, Newsom opposes Prop 6. He discounts polls showing support for the gas tax repeal.”