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Q&A from the DNC: Rep. Adam Schiff

September 10, 2012|By Steve Appleford

At last week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, delegates and office holders confronted a wide range of national and local concerns. Sitting in the hall every night was Rep. Adam Schiff, whose 29th Congressional District includes Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, and who said he found both clarity and inspiration in the major speeches he heard all week.

In a post-convention interview, the congressman dissected the central messages that came out of Charlotte and contrasted them with the previous week’s Republican gathering in Tampa, Florida. He also noted the role of California and laid out his hopes for NASA in the wake of historic success with last month’s landing of the probe Curiosity on the surface of Mars, commanded from JPL in La Canada-Flintridge.

How did the Democratic Convention week go?

The president did a marvelous job. President Clinton really gave the closing argument, rebutting a lot of the GOP case made at the prior convention [in Tampa], and I think President Obama set out the vision going forward and made the case about how deep the hole was when he took office and how he’s laid the foundation not only for a return to the prosperity of the Clinton years but, equally significant, a restoration of the American dream.

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People not only want a return to the Clinton prosperity for themselves, but they want to make sure the economy is built in such a way that their kids in the next generation will have an opportunity for an even better life. People feel that’s very much at risk right now.

What issues at the convention are of special concern to our district?

The primary concern in our district, like so much of the country, is the economy.  Even though we haven’t been hit quite as hard as in other parts of California and other parts of the country, it’s still the top concern. People are struggling to pay their bills; their businesses are not doing as well as they once did. So what they’re looking for at both conventions of what the candidates will do in next four years, what their visions are for bringing back a period of prosperity.

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