Raul Ruiz expands his talking points

After spending more than a month hosting town hall meetings on Medicare, Democratic congressional candidate Raul Ruiz is expanding his campaign talking points.

Ruiz will be in San Jacinto today to talk with students at Mt. San Jacinto Junior College. He’s also hosting a “veterans town hall forum” on Wednesday in Desert Hot Springs.

A campaign news release did not specify what topics would be discussed at either event.

“People in this district are sick and tired of the gridlock in Washington,” Ruiz said in a statement.

“They are ready for a leader who will fight to create educational opportunities for our students. They want a leader who will truly stand with our veterans and offer more than lip service. Most importantly they want a representative who is here, who is listening, and who will truly represent them.”

The events are a departure for Ruiz, an emergency room physician from Palm Desert who is trying to unseat Mary Bono Mack.

With the exception of a small business roundtable last week — attended by nine people — all of Ruiz’s town halls have focused on health care.

Bono Mack, a Palm Springs Republican, has not announced any events for today. She has not held any public town hall events during this campaign, instead focusing on attending GOP club events and smaller round tables with seniors, veterans and small businesses.