Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., who won re-election by less than 3 percentage points in 2016 and is expected to face another tough challenge next year, said he believes Trump has put the country in a "dangerous place." But Bera is also taking a careful approach when it comes to impeachment.
"It takes time to build the case for impeachment, and we're allowing the special counsel to have its investigation run its course," Bera said. "But I think he's tapping into the frustration a lot of people feel right now."
Other Democrats are shrugging off the idea that Steyer's effort could turn into any kind of litmus test for Democratic candidates next year as the party seeks to energize progressive voters to get them to the polls.
"I've been getting maybe a handful of calls to my office, but I don't think it's any change from the calls that I've been getting since Donald Trump has been elected," said Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif. "There hasn't been an uptick or any ground-swelling movement because of the commercials."
(Staff writer Sarah D. Wire contributed to this report.)
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