At one point, Cox joined in the ribbing, asking why the state would stop at health care?

“I don’t think we can gloss over (that) fact,” Villaraigosa said. “So you can’t just say ‘we have a little bit of an achievement gap.’ We actually have a real achievement gap. And if this state is going to be a ‘Golden State,’ and it’s going to do what we should do, grow together, we’ve got to invest in every one of us.”

Republican John Cox, a businessman who is crusading against the influences of special interests in Sacramento, also slammed Newsom for his close ties to teacher unions.

On stage with nearly all of his fellow candidates for governor Saturday morning, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom took fire from all sides.

“Why don’t we have single-payer food?” he said, mockingly. “Why don’t we have single-payer housing?”

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