Statement of Ro Khanna on Labor Day

FREMONT – Ro Khanna issued the following statement on the importance of celebrating the labor movement’s role in building America's middle-class, and also recognizing the challenges facing working families today:

“America is the most dynamic and economically competitive nation on earth because of the perseverance, strength, and ingenuity of our working men and women. Labor Day is an important time for celebrating the many contributions that American workers have made to this country, and recognizing the labor movement’s hard fought victories for the 8-hour workday, the minimum wage, safety standards, and most recently in the California legislature, a paid sick leave bill. But the middle-class has been shrinking over the last several decades and wages have stagnated – leaving millions uncertain about their economic future. As Congressman, I will lead on raising the minimum wage nationwide, championing good paying American manufacturing jobs, and ensuring that our social compact stays strong by protecting programs like Social Security and Medicare.”

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Constituents Share Powerful Firsthand Stories of Rep. Honda’s Failure to Serve

FREMONT – Ro Khanna and constituents of the 17th district held a press conference and rally outside of Congressman Honda’s San Jose office today. The press conference featured powerful firsthand stories from Larry Sacks, Kathy Watanabe, and Julie Kring, all of whom have been negatively affected by the inaccessibility and false promises of Congressman Honda and his office.


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Honda and Khanna agree to debate Oct. 6

From the San Jose Mercury News

By Josh Richman

News of the two Democrats' face-to-face showdown came as Khanna and dozens of supporters rallied outside Honda's San Jose office Wednesday with three constituents who said the seven-term congressman ignored their pleas for aid or attention. 

The debate, organized by the Huffington Post and San Jose State University, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6 -- the first day that vote-by-mail ballots will be sent out -- at San Jose State University, with the Huffington Post providing a moderator and live-streaming the event online; a local television station is being sought to air it. 

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Constituents Share Powerful Firsthand Stories of Rep. Honda’s Failure to Serve

FREMONT – Ro Khanna and constituents of the 17th district held a press conference and rally outside of Congressman Honda’s San Jose office today. The press conference featured powerful firsthand stories from Larry Sacks, Kathy Watanabe, and Julie Kring, all of whom have been negatively affected by the inaccessibility and false promises of Congressman Honda and his office.

“I'm running this change campaign because I’ve heard from countless families across the district that they aren’t receiving the representation they deserve,” said Ro Khanna. “Representing the 17th district is an honor and privilege, not something that anyone is owed or entitled to. Today’s stories provided stark examples of Congressman Honda’s failure to be accessible and responsive to those he was elected to serve.”

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Mike Honda Wants to Debate—After Absentee Ballots Go out

From San Jose Inside

By Jennifer Wadsworth

For months, Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) has dodged invitations to debate his challenger in the 17th Congressional District race, fellow Democrat Ro Khanna. The incumbent’s waffling on a commitment invoked disapproving editorials from the Bay Area’s major media outlets and a running Twitter hashtag, #WheresMike, that rips his habitual absenteeism in Congress. 

Huffington Post and San Jose State University are working together to stage the face-to-face match. Honda’s campaign says they agreed to a mid-October date, which a KGO reporter tweeted out Friday, even though it wasn’t confirmed by organizers.

Huffington Post and San Jose State University are working together to stage the face-to-face match. Honda’s campaign says they agreed to a mid-October date, which a KGO reporter tweeted out Friday, even though it wasn’t confirmed by organizers.

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Ro Khanna Receives More Bipartisan Endorsements Ahead of the General Election

Support Continues to Grow After Endorsements by the San Jose Mayor and San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce 

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FREMONT – The Ro for Congress campaign today announced another impressive list of local endorsements ahead of the general election. These endorsements include San Jose City Councilmembers Pete Constant and Johnny Khamis, Santa Clara County School Board Trustee Grace Mah, Fremont Unified School Board Member Lily Mei, and former Fremont Vice Mayor and City Councilmember Steve Cho. The latest bipartisan endorsements build on Khanna’s strong momentum ahead of the general election, and reflect the growing consensus that Rep. Mike Honda has not been an effective leader for the district.

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Is Mike Honda’s Absenteeism Causing Him to Avoid Debates?

FREMONT – Debates have long been a fundamental part of American politics because they give voters a transparent opportunity to evaluate candidate’s records and stances on important issues. With 1 in 3 primary voters in the 17th district casting their ballots by the middle of May, it’s clear that voters would benefit from a series of early, open-format debates between Ro Khanna and Mike Honda. Unfortunately, it was discovered Friday that the Honda campaign has been working behind the scenes to push for either October 14th or 16th  as the date for a Huffington Post/San Jose State debate (hosts have not set dates or sent out invitations yet).

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WEEK IN REVIEW: Khanna Garners Momentum with Two Big Endorsements; Rep. Honda’s “Handlers” Hindering His Campaign

FREMONT – The press coverage this past week told a very clear story: Ro Khanna is rapidly gaining momentum with critical endorsements from popular San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, while Mike Honda’s handlers are going into candidate protection mode. Here’s a roundup of what’s been happening in California’s 17th district:

A California debate at last
San Francisco Chronicle Editorial

Asked about that during our editorial board meeting, Honda promised to engage in debates - plural - for the general election.

One of the problems with modern politics is that too many candidates, especially front-runners, put their instincts and principles in escrow while their risk-averse strategists call the shots. Voters should be wary of candidates who are reluctant to subject themselves to real scrutiny. 

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A California debate at last

From the San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board

Face-to-face debates between candidates are central to a healthy democracy. Politicians may want to avoid them - especially incumbents with big leads and hefty war chests - but voters deserve to see a side-by-side comparison between candidates who want to attain or retain key public offices.

Gov. Jerry Brown finally relented this week and agreed to a one-hour TV debate with Republican Neel Kashkari. The session is scheduled on Sept. 4, two months before election day and about three weeks before mail-in ballots go out. It's a bare minimum start in letting the public hear the views of the two contenders who want to lead California for the next four years.

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San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Endorses Ro Khanna

FREMONT – The Ro for Congress campaign today announced the endorsement of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. This is one of the Bay Area’s largest Chambers and they have been successfully advocating for local businesses since 1886. Their strong vote of confidence comes on the heels of the recent endorsement by popular Democratic Mayor of San Jose Chuck Reed. Congressman Honda did not even bother to participate in the Chamber's endorsement process -- further proof that his handlers are doubling down on their strategy of giving the Congressman as little exposure as possible. Between these two high-profile local endorsements, the support of every major newspaper in the Bay Area, and the Honda campaign's recent struggles, it’s clear that Ro Khanna has the momentum ahead of the November general election.

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