Feinstein Likely to Run for Reelection: 'Ready for a Good Fight'

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If she were to win, she would be 91 by the time her term ended.

"I am running for reelection to the Senate", the California senator tweeted.

Gun control has been a top priority for Feinstein since she entered Congress. She said the change in gun laws must be permanent and codified by Congress, not addressed through regulations only.

The issue of gun violence surged to the fore last week after a shooter in Las Vegas slaughtered 58 people and injured almost 500 more with high-powered semi-automatic rifles.

Feinstein, who is 84, has been tight-lipped for months over whether or not she would seek a fifth term.

"Regulations aren't going to do it", she said in the interview which airs Sunday morning. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said that if Republicans were willing to pass a bill banning bump stock devices - like those used by the Las Vegas hotel sniper - he would support the legislation, even if it was not accompanied by any other restrictions of weapons purchases. Congressional Republicans and President Trump have, however, called for a review of federal policy that now permits bump stocks.




"Dianne's career has been one of firsts - she was the first woman President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman mayor of San Francisco, the first woman elected Senator of California, and the first woman member of the Senate Judiciary Committee", the statement says.

Consequently, Feinstein is likely to face a fierce challenge from her left flank in the Democratic primary next year. And most of the elected Democrats in the state are expected to back Feinstein. Sen.

The mere implication that Trump could be a "good president" drew the ire of state Senate president Kevin de León, whose recent two-day trip to Washington was seen as laying the groundwork for a potential Senate run.

Feinstein's California colleague, Sen.

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

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