Monday, May 25

Endorsement: Henry Waxman for representative

Henry Waxman

Editorial Board / Daily Bruin

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Past the partisan bickering and campaign half-truths of the 2012 election season, it is integral that students take the initiative to educate themselves about the issues at stake on the November ballot.

The Daily Bruin editorial board, which represents the voice of the entire newspaper, has researched the measures and candidates that students will be voting on, and endorsed the ones we think do the most to support the UCLA community. We encourage students to use our endorsements as a starting point for conducting their own research, forming their own educated opinions and casting an informed vote come Election Day.

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This board supports Congressman Henry Waxman for re-election. Though his case for a 36th straight year in the House of Representatives isn’t the strongest, his opponent is too flawed to jump into the fray in Washington, D.C.

Independent challenger Bill Bloomfield has attacked Waxman on hot-button topics, such as campaign finances and Waxman’s contribution to the national debt as a long-standing representative.

His campaign tilts more anti-Waxman than pro-Bloomfield, while maintaining that he will be a moderate voice in the House.

But Bloomfield has failed to lay out concrete plans for governing. The Santa Monica-based businessman seems too concerned with quickly fixing what he calls a “broken” Congress than effectively advocating for local constituents on the federal level.

We know where Waxman stands on all the issues. As a representative, he helped push the Affordable Care Act through during his most recent term. In the past he’s fought to maintain Pell Grants for higher education. Along with President Barack Obama, who also gets this board’s endorsement, Waxman has proven that he will support policies addressing the needs of students.

Given his strong track record representing various parts of Los Angeles County during his long run in the House, we expect that to continue during another term.

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