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Rep. Adam Schiff Announces He Will Run For Senate

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U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-L.A.) has announced he will run for the U.S. Senate.
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Congressman Adam Schiff has announced his bid for the U.S. Senate in 2024, joining representatives Barbara Lee and Katie Porter in the race for a seat that Dianne Feinstein, 89, has held since 1992.

Why he says he's running

Schiff underscored the need for truth and transparency in the White House in a campaign video released Thursday morning. He was one of the leaders in impeaching former President Donald Trump and in the Jan. 6 hearings held to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol and Trump's role in it.

"After all that I wish I could say the threat of MAGA extremists is over. It is not," Schiff said. "Today's Republican Party is gutting the middle class. Threatening our democracy, they aren't going to stop. We have to stop them."

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His statement

The backstory

Schiff has served in the House since 2001. He was blocked this week from serving on the Intelligence Committee by fellow California representative, Republican Kevin McCarthy, who is now Speaker of the House.

In response to McCarthy's move, Schiff told our newsroom's public affairs show AirTalk, which airs on 89.3 FM, that he's going to keep holding the speaker and other Trump supporters accountable.

"I'm proud to stand and fight against the likes of Donald Trump and Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell, and the Fox News empire that I think has torn this country apart," he said.

Listen to what Schiff told our newsroom today

Listen: Adam Schiff talks about his decision to run for the Senate

Feinstein's status

The longtime senator recently told the L.A. Times she had no plans to leave office before her term ends in two years. Schiff has said he has spoken to Feinstein about his plans. It remains unclear if the 89-year-old Feinstein would consider another run.

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