California Dem says state is 'almost a different country politically'

Rep. Scott PetersScott H. PetersHow to kickstart a rapid global warming slowdown Mass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year Overnight Energy: Lawmakers show irritation over withheld Interior documents | Republican offers bipartisan carbon tax bill | Scientists booted from EPA panel form new group MORE (D-Calif.) argued Tuesday that California should not have moved its 2020 presidential primary to earlier in the year, remarking that the state is a "different country politically."

The California Democrat suggested in an interview on Hill.TV that a candidate who is popular in his state may not have the same popularity in other parts of the country as the party seeks to field a nominee to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE.

"My problem is that I think California should not have moved up its primary," Peters told hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising."

"I think California in a way should ask Michigan and Wisconsin, 'What Democrat do you want us to pick? And we'll vote for him,'" he added.

Peters noted that Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFarrow: Clinton staff raised concerns over Weinstein reporting Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report The Memo: Once the front-runner, Biden now vulnerable MORE won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election while losing the Electoral College and thus the presidency.

"We are almost a different country politically," he said. "When people say that Hillary Clinton won by 3 million votes nationally — she won by 4 million in California." 

"We're tremendously progressive, we're very experimental, we're very innovative," he said. "I think for us in California and across the country, the priority is to beat President Trump, get a new president who shares our values and our view of government as a productive force for Americans, and to take the Senate." 

California's primary, which was officially moved up in 2017, is set to take place on March 3 next year. The earlier primary date could stand to benefit Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCampaign aide replaces Trump with Kamala Harris in viral 'meltdown' photo Warren raised more money from Big Tech employees than other 2020 Democrats: Report Poll: Biden, Warren support remains unchanged after Democratic debate MORE (D-Calif.) due to earlier momentum from her delegate-rich home state.

The Golden State has played a lesser role in past presidential election cycles, given that its primary came months after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries. 

— Julia Manchester