CA17: Khanna’s second TV ad touts jobs plan

Congressional candidate Ro Khanna launched his second television ad Monday, highlighting the seven-point jobs plan he rolled out in February.

A news release said the ad “will begin airing widely” throughout the 17th Congressional District; spokesman Tyler Law wouldn’t specify the nature, duration or cost of the ad buy, except to say it’s “significant and open-ended.”

“Ro has centered his campaign on forward-looking ideas to grow the economy and create good paying jobs for families here in the 17th district,” campaign manager Leah Cowan said in the news release. “That’s why he is the only candidate to introduce a comprehensive jobs plan that recognizes the importance of improving education to transform the economy. Ro knows that we have incredible potential here in Silicon Valley and across the country, but he also understands that we can’t move the economy forward without fixing a badly broken Congress.”

Khanna, a former Obama administration official from Fremont, is challenging fellow Democrat Rep. Mike Honda of San Jose; Republicans Vanila Singh and Joel Vanlandingham also are in the race.

Khanna’s first TV ad, touching on Americans’ frustration with Congress and special interests, began airing March 25.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Crazy_Like_A_Fox

    With Honda’s insane Twitter post last night, Khanna is looking better and better each day. https://twitter.com/RepMikeHonda/status/455416478008090624

  • Willis James

    Oh come on, don’t be picky, you’re not referring to that little dust-up in the 40’s, are you?

  • JohnW

    He obviously was referring to the 3000 cherry trees Japan sent to the U.S. in 1912 as a gesture of friendship. But the relationship was definitely not all cherries during the next 33 years.

  • Willis James

    All in all, the Khanna ad is much better than the first one I saw.
    Shows vital sharp candidate.

    It will be interesting to see Honda’s ads. I suspect they will be the softer type with lots of biographical history. Something Ken Burns would produce….perhaps with a clip of a little bit of karaoke thrown in while visiting the local senior center.

  • Elwood

    If the cherry trees are offensive, why weren’t they chopped down in 1941?

    Some of you need to get a life.

  • Willis James

    CBS5 (KPIX) just ran a story that highlighted Mike Honda’s hiding from debates.
    During the 6:00 PM news

    Then they had a clip of Honda saying he’s gonna “debate” at the League of Women Voters event on May 3rd…
    After his clip, the anchor came back on and said the League of Women Voters “Forum” was not really a debate where the candidates could ask each other questions and respond.

    All in all, the segment made Honda look very poor. As though he was avoiding any real public exchange.
    BTW the visuals of Honda didn’t make him look all the vibrant either.

  • JohnW

    I must have missed any comments to the effect that anybody thinks the cherry trees are offensive.

    The only comments were about the irony of referring to “over 100 years of Japanese-American friendship.”

    Thanks to the foresight of Douglas Macarthur, we’ve had about 69 years of strong post-war friendship. The havoc wreaked by the Japanese warlords has nothing to do with Honda, who, at age 3, was dislodged from his home along with his loyal American family and sent to an internment camp.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    If RoBo’s ideas about “job creation” are so good, why haven’t they been aired in Congress? Are the Dems afraid to give this upstart publicity? Ro Bo worked for the Prez. Were these brilliant plans gestating back then?

  • Guest

    For anybody sitting on fence about voting for Khanna or Honda, they should read Khanna’s book, Entrepreneurial Nation; Why Manufacturing Still key to America’s future”. Khanna has all sorts of great ideas on how to create high paying manufacturing jobs in the future. He believes this can be done – we can take on China and these other countries.
    Yesterday I read 1 in 3 kids in bay area is growing up in family that has zero wealth – no savings – often parents stuck in these 9 or 10 dollar an hour jobs. These households just scrape by, often they are on food stamps, Medi-Cal and so forth – which bloats federal deficits. These workers want, and need decent paying jobs – get them the jobs they have money to spend in stores, economy blossoms. Ro Khanna’s views, that we can turn US economy around – with better government policies – is why he works as Congressman in the 17th district, you need people in Washington DC with concrete ideas on how to fix US economy. What you have now – with Mike Honda – is a business-as-usual “caretaker” Congressman – one with no ideas on how to turn economy around – a Congressman that takes a lot of junkets. Junkets don’t fly when you have 1 in 3 bay area kids growing up in utter poverty, not in my book. I think this Ro Khanna will be terrific member of the house, you put this go-getter in Congress you get results on job front.

  • Elwood

    Guest is a Ro staffer.

  • Guest

    Not a staffer, just a blogger. I blog on Eric Swalwell too – I think he is very good, we need new blood in Congress here in NorCal, we need to get in future – new ideas and lot’s of energy by these new members will turn US economy around. The same business-as-usual Democratic leadership, longtime party hacks like Honda and Stark – playing out the string – won’t turn things around, you need bold vision, new ideas.

  • Marga

    What’s your blog?

  • JohnW

    Most bloggers don’t identify themselves as “Guest.”