As it turns out, Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan weren’t the only two candidates engaged in a spirited debate Thursday. Rep. Howard Berman and Rep. Brad Sherman, who are vying to represent the 30th Congressional District, nearly came to blows during their debate at Pierce College.
So what could possibly cause these two former allies to behave more like WWF wrestlers than policy wonks? Immigration.
Sherman, it seems, took issue with Berman’s claim that he helped write the first Dream Act legislation in 2001. That bill would have helped legalize tens of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children. Congress has since failed to pass subsequent versions of the Dream Act.
Sherman’s decision to challenge Berman’s history eventually got ugly, with both men shouting at each other and Sherman eventually putting his arm around Berman, asking him, "Do you want to get into this?" A sheriff's deputy eventually walked over, and both men calmed down.