Democratic Senate hopeful Katie Porter says Democrats can work with Republicans on immigration

Democratic star Katie Porter fights against a conservative resurgence in O.C. Democratic senator and presidential hopeful Katie Porter says she’s the only candidate who can unite Democrats and independents — and could defeat Republicans in November, if she’s elected. Porter’s run for a fourth term on Tuesday against Republican Assemblyman Blake Farenthold. Katie Porter. (AP Photo/Noah Joseph)

A Democratic Senate hopeful who’s become a top Democrat in the state has a different message in a debate: Democrats need not be united.

And that’s what Katie Porter brought to Tuesday’s debate in the Palmdale City Council chamber.

Porter — who is running against a conservative upstart who’s seeking to unseat her — called her debate opponent “very much a conservative.”

“He’s an extremist,” she said. “He’s just like the Tea Party. They’re going to kill us if we don’t get with them about everything.”

But a question from a voter asked if Democrats should be united in the GOP on immigration.

Porter said Democrats can work with anyone — whether they’re in the GOP or not — to address immigration. She said while Democrats are divided on issues such as health care and higher education, there’s a united effort on immigration and poverty.

Porter, who’s vying for a fourth term in the state Senate, said she can work with the Republicans on their differences even as she tries to get things done for the state.

“I’m the only candidate who has all the experience we need in the state of California,” Porter said. “Not everybody has that.”

She said she would work in bipartisan ways to bridge gaps and she’d cut funding for Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border — even though she said she couldn’t support it.

She said she has a record of working with Republicans and Democrats. And while she was elected to the state Senate in 2012

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