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Valadao: I’d Stand With Bernie Sanders If He Helped My District

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David Valadao (R-Hanford) is sworn in as a House member by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Jan. 12, 2021. (Office of Rep. David Valadao)
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Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) is best known nationally as one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

Valadao, who faces challenges from the left and the right in his 2022 reelection bid, talked politics, dairies, and the future he wants for his children in a recent sitdown interview with rollcall.com.

Trump-Valadao Tensions

Asked about Trump, the congressman answered:

“Trump obviously plays a role in my district. Every single Democratic hit piece was a picture of me with him, trying to tie us together. When Trump came to the district in February 2020, I stood on stage with him, that famous picture of me shaking his hand.

“But I also talked to a lot of the press there, and they asked me, ‘Do you really want to be up there with him?’ And I said, ‘I’d be standing here with Bernie Sanders if he were doing something good for our community.’ My focus has always been on what’s best for the district and not so much personal attacks, and I think maybe that’s why I stayed a little bit out of the frame with that.”

Trump, however, has no qualms about issuing personal attacks or seeking revenge. He is actively opposing Valadao’s efforts to win another two-year term.

Read the entire Valadao interview at this link.

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