SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - DACA, healthcare and climate change were hot topics at the SLO County Democratic Convention on Saturday.
Democrats say the stakes have never been higher. Those on the other side of the aisle from the GOP say President Trump is fueling a movement.
“It’s very clear we’re in the cross hairs of a president who has no soul,” said Kevin de León, President pro Tempore of the California State Senate and current U.S. Senate Candidate.
With recent wins in red states, Democrats are hoping to ride that momentum and they have their eyes on the prize, the June Primary.
"Hating Trump is not an agenda, that’s not an agenda. The agenda is, we are driving new innovative programs things are going to make a difference if $15 minimum wage supporting small business those kind of things that’s what’s important," said Pat Harris, U.S. Senate Candidate. Harris calls himself a "Progressive Democrat."
30 Democratic candidates and organizations were on hand to engage with over 150 voters. Officials say the future of the Democratic Party is bright and they hope folks are inspired to become more involved in politics.
"We need to take our country back and do the best we can to stop the damage that is being done by this Republican majority," said Rep. Salud Carbajal, (D-CA 24th District.)
Even though California Democrats just declined to endorse another term for Senator Dianne Feinstein, her Political Director says their relationship with the party is "fine."
“You’ll see that in June the Senator expects to do well moving forward. We feel good. She feels good and we look forward to taking it to the streets and talking to the people,” said Cameron Onumah, Political Director for Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Feinstein’s camp was touting the Assault Weapons Ban.
"We’re hearing that a lot of folks are really, really, happy about the senator re-introducing her Assault Weapons Ban and being a leader in the United States Senate on gun issues," said Onumah.
Her main opponent, Kevin de León, says it was time for a change and voters want someone who represent California Values. The current President pro Tempore wants a solution for Dreamers once and for all.
"If you've been in this country for 20 years as an undocumented immigrant, that means you have a dysfunctional, broken system in Washington D.C. Clearly, people who come to this country who pay their taxes who obey our laws and pledge allegiance to the red, white and blue, deserve to become full-fledged Americans," said de León.