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Congressional candidate TJ Cox talks about his Obama meeting, campaign focus

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) –

Midterm elections are only a couple months away, and Democratic candidate TJ Cox is working to unseat Republican Rep. David Valadao in the 21st District.

Cox has the endorsement of former President Barack Obama. The two met when Obama visited Orange County over the weekend.

“It was very inspirational,” Cox described to Eyewitness News.

“I think he represents the best values of America – empathy, compassion, and really somebody that worked all through his presidency to enact policies that would really make a positive difference through the lives of hardworking families.”

Cox said he’s focused on bringing more jobs for the Central Valley and tackling health care issues.

"… not just any job,” he said. “I made sure that those jobs are quality jobs that offer a living wage and actually deliver benefits.”

He said his campaign is also focused on “immigration reform that's a common-sense policy.”

“(An immigration plan) to make sure that anyone who is here in our country is here legally, that we have border security, that the people that should not be here aren't here,” he said.

Valadao has also expressed his desire for immigration reform, but Cox said, “He’s gotten zero done.”

 

Originally published at Bakersfield Now on September 10, 2018.