Tim Canova announced a rematch against U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Thursday at a meeting of the Broward County Democratic progressive caucus.
After his speech, the Nova Southeastern University law professor took a few questions from the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel about his second campaign, his January Facebook post about DNC staffer Seth Rich who was murdered, and about U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders who endorsed his 2016 bid.
Here is a transcript of part of the interview:
Question: “Last year she was at her most vulnerable ever and you couldn’t beat her six weeks after that [DNC email] scandal...”
Canova: “She was not at her most vulnerable ever. There was a presumption that she was maybe even going to be in a Hillary Clinton White House or cabinet, your premise Amy is a little bit off there. She was not at her most vulnerable at all.”
Question: “She faced the most public criticism and biggest downfall we had ever seen. You couldn’t beat her then...”
Canova: “I had a been candidate for less eight months -- three months before we did a poll that showed me down by something like 60 points. It was a remarkable achievement to come as close as we did.”
Question: “What will you do differently this time?"
Canova: “Announce a lot earlier.”
Question: “In terms of issues? strategy?”
Canova: “I will say this: the reason we came from so far behind was because of the issues in many ways. We knocked on a lot doors, we spoke to voters -- we learned what their issues were and it's not surprising that their issues were our issues. Most people want good jobs, they want economic security, they want health care and education -- that’s what we focused on -- that’s what we keep focusing on.”
Question: “What is it you’re going to do differently besides announcing six months earlier?”
Canova: “I didn’t say I was going to do a lot differently. I said we were going to keep focusing on the issues.”
Question: “[DNC staffer] Seth Rich -- do you still believe he was murdered because of the DNC leaks?”
Canova: “I do believe he was murdered -- yes. I am sure my opponent would also like to know who killed Seth Rich.”
Question: “But do you think he was killed because of the DNC email leaks?”
Canova: “I have no idea ... What I said on Facebook was that folks had suggested it and we should find out what happened. It's that simple.”
Question: “Do you think it has anything to do with the DNC?”
Canova: “I have no idea. I wondered what the DNC under Wasserman Schultz was capable of but I don’t know. That’s not the issues that I am focusing on. I know that’s the issue that Wasserman Schultz would like you to ask me, but that’s not the issue that I spoke about today.”
Question: “Have you talked to Bernie Sanders about your run this time and will he be involved?”
Canova: “No comment.”
Miami Herald 2016 file photo