May 17, 2015 1:56 PM by News Staff
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris is defending her qualifications on foreign affairs and national defense, after her chief rival suggested she doesn't have the skills to do the job in Washington.
Harris told reporters Saturday that voters next year will determine who is qualified for the Senate seat, and she feels equipped to know what's best for the state.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who entered the race on Thursday, said that her long experience in defense and foreign affairs on Capitol Hill was essential in "perilous times."
Speaking after a speech at a Democratic state convention, Harris pointed to her work along the U.S.-Mexico border on drug trafficking as state attorney general.
The two Democrats are the leading candidates for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer.
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