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Oldest member of US Senate, Dianne Feinstein, announces re-election bid at 84

Oldest member of US Senate, Dianne Feinstein, announces re-election bid at 84

Feinstein's announcement came earlier than initially planned in order to get ahead of California State Senate Leader Kevin de León's entry into the race for her seat, according to a "wired" California Democrat who spoke to Jonathan Martin of the New York Times.

Feinstein said on Twitter that she was "all in" and pledged to end gun violence and combat climate change. "I'm all in!" Feinstein said in a tweet.

Feinstein's decision to run again probably foregoes a costly and potentially chaotic primary campaign to succeed her - although progressive Democrats in California have been clamoring for a primary challenge to her, with some in her party believing she is too moderate or accommodating to Republicans in the age of Trump.

"But not let Dianne Feinstein, which is what she wants to do, turn this all into some Christmas tree on the Hill where she brings all her anti-gun circus, she's been trying to do for years, into this", he continued. She is also a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and was the first woman to lead that panel, from 2009 through 2015.

Feinstein said her narrowly-tailored proposal should be sufficient to earn bipartisan support, but so far, no Republican has signed on as a co-sponsor.

Feinstein is one of eight octogenarians in the US Senate.

Joseph Sanberg, a former Wall Street investor and entrepreneur who successfully lobbied for California's earned income tax credit program, is another potential Feinstein primary challenger.

Feinstein's old-school political sensibilities and foreign policy could be at odds with California, where increasingly young and diverse voters have demanded all-out opposition to Trump.

The rising liberal star Sen.

"What Californians get from Dianne is someone who sticks to her principles and achieves results regardless of powerful opponents, from the assault weapons ban to the Central Intelligence Agency torture report", Harris said.

"I am all in!" she wrote.


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