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'First Look': Congressman Valadao talks about opponents, immigration

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    Rep. David Valadao, left, talks with Californian Executive Editor Robert Price on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

No matter what you do in politics, you're always being attacked from one side or another. That is what Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

The congressman is in the 21st Congressional District race against two Democrats, Amanda Renteria and John Hernandez.

Although Valadao said he hasn't followed his opponents' comments in detail, he has caught a few words here and there.

"It sounds like they are coming after me pretty hard," Valadao said. "They are assuming they are going to make it through, but we haven't seen them at district events."

Californian Executive Editor Robert Price asked the congressman his take on immigration, a hot topic his opponents seem to be picking at.

Valadao said he has been very vocal about immigration. He became the third Republican House member to support H.R. 15, the Border Security Economic Opportunity bill.

As a dairy farmer from Hanford himself, Valadao said he knows the importance of making real progress in the country's immigration system.

Sadly though, Valadao said H.R. 15 will probably not survive, due to a lack of support.

"I got a lot of blame from the left side," he said. "The bill lost a lot of steam right then and there."

Valadao said a lot of bills regarding immigration are still alive and said he would continue to work with members of Congress to move forward on the issue.

"The problem with anything in immigration reform is that it's never going to be perfect," he added.

Price also brought up Valadao's ballot designation. He is listed as farmer/small businessman and doesn't mention his political duties.

"I've spent the past two years getting my name out and everybody knows who I am," Valadao said. "But the farmer dairy man, that's who I am. I still live on my farm and that is what best describes who I am."

 

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