Congressional candidate to carry Olympic torch
July 7th, 2012
09:16 AM ET
6 years ago

Congressional candidate to carry Olympic torch

(CNN) - Jose Hernandez has been around the world more than 200 times. Next week, he'll make a much shorter - but significant - trip.

Hernandez, an astronaut and a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, will carry the Olympic torch in England on Monday.

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He is a candidate for California's 10th Congressional District and is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Jeff Denham.

Hernandez is part of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's 38 "Red to Blue" list, a collection of races nationwide that Democrats are making special efforts to win from Republican hands.

His candidacy is also supported by several labor organizations, including the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

As an astronaut, he flew in 2009 aboard the space shuttle Discovery, which orbited earth 217 times and traveled to the International Space Station.

Hernandez and nine others will carry the torch through Bletchley, England.

He will be joined by a 13-year-old girl who competes despite a cyst in her knee, a 15-year-old badminton Olympic hopeful from the Bletchley area, a 19-year-old who created an environmental education center, and two people in their 50s who fundraise for disease and cancer research, among others.

Some 8,000 people are carrying the torch across the United Kingdom this spring and summer.

The London Olympics open on July 27.

Filed under: California • DCCC • House of Representatives
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    Another great American Story. Only in America.

    July 7, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Darryl

    Thats exactly what we need more Demacratic leaders in Washington so we can pass more bills to get people back to work. The republicans have delibertly stopped growth and have obstructed anything the POTUS has put befor congress to go forward. It's time to take back both partys and just get on with the future and stop the disfunctional republicans in their tracks.President Obama has been working for the American people and has been doing a great job reguardless the jobs report.The long run is what people want, not a quick fix and worries about the next fall-out and the ifs and fear.

    July 7, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. chuck weidemann

    Jose Hernandez another American here in the land where all the countries of the world are represented by our sir names....I'm proud to be living in a land that affords everyone the chance at achieving our dreams,building our families,living in peace....or just going to work then coming home to cut the grass and BBQ....

    July 7, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. T'sah From Virginia

    I remember the days when everything was White – only Whites had the opportunity to be all they can be. I agree with NVa Native – "Another great American Story. Only in America."

    We have so much to look up to in America and it's a shame it's still blinded by a few who refuses to allow it to happen. All in all, we came a long way!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!! Another American story!!

    July 7, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. mike t

    I hope he doesnt drop the torch as his party has dropped the ball.

    July 7, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Mac2.o

    Darryl – Obama had two years with Dem control of both House and Senate. He did nothing. The GOP have over 15 job bills passed in the house, but stuck in the Senate – because the Dems are blocking them all. The only thing Obama has been working for are the Unions and his donors. Those are the ones who got all the stim money, all of which is borrowed from "future" tax dollars. He has spent more in three years than all the other Presidents combined.That's what killing the economy.

    July 7, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jose Hernandez is a man I hope we'll be seeing a lot of, he's another GREAT AMERICAN.

    July 7, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. clownshoes

    you are a typical democrat sheep spouting nonsense you hear on MSNBS

    July 7, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Hey, If President Obama wins reelection this year (more likely every time Willard opens his mouth), does that mean that Senator McConnell will get back to work now that Barak Obama will no longer be a one-term President?
    As to the article, Wow. Doctor Who and an astronaut carrying the torch during the same Olympiad. You cannot asd for more.

    July 7, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Marshall M

    After reading countless derogatory remarks from (non) know-it-all right wing haters elsewhere on the internet, this article is a breath of fresh air. Here is an ASTRONAUT, way cool in the first place for his choice of career, and now he is going to carry the Olympic torch. What an honor for him and for the U.S. And he's a Democratic candidate for Congress on top of all that! You go, Jose Hernandez!! God's speed.

    July 7, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Independent For President Obama

    @Chuck, well said my friend.

    July 7, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Thomas

    California is coming back !

    High speed rail and smart people.

    I'm not talking about Issi .

    July 7, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. CedarRapids

    "The GOP have over 15 job bills passed in the house, but stuck in the Senate – because the Dems are blocking them all. "
    because the gop insist in shoving poison pills amendments to them that they know the dems wont go for.

    July 7, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. bob aussie

    Why is an American carrying the torch in the UK for the London Olympics? Does the UK not have enough people in good enough shape to "walk" the torch? What gives UK?

    July 7, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. mattG

    Wow – a democrat
    I hope he does not win

    July 7, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. Carlos

    Clownshoes- I agree whole heartedly with Darryl. With a handle like "Clownshoes" that says it all.

    July 7, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. Sydnium S. Washington

    Any GOP candidate to top that feat?

    July 7, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    @mike t: "I hope he doesnt drop the torch as his party has dropped the ball."

    He'd have to be a Republican to do that ...

    Obama/Biden and Democratic majorities in the House and Senate 2012 = The only sane choice

    July 7, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  19. Sirned

    Makes me proud.....

    July 8, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  20. Independent from NH

    The fact that an astronaut is a Democrat is quite telling. These are the most intelligent people in the world. They are trained psychologically, mentally, and physically for nearly any situation, even hypothetical scenarios should something go wrong, making do with spare parts floating around in space while under enormous stress. Point is, this guy has the ability to see things from ALL perspectives. That he chose to become a Democrat implies what we've known all along: we are simply more in touch, sensitive to others, and, holistically speaking, smarter than the average voter.

    July 8, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  21. zanny

    Congratulations!!! What an honor. Now lets see what spin FOx network can get out of this. I am sure they can find something negative to say as they usually do.

    July 8, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  22. zanny

    Mac2.0 Short term memory??? President Obama got lots done first 2 years but could have gottem more done but because he did not have 60 Dems in Senate the Republicans stalled or blocked lots of things .Congress is made up of rich, fat cats who care only about the power that goes with the job title and not a thing about what their job is and why were were sent there. Instead of tryiing to help the country by working together, the Republicans have only worried about making him a 1 term President. No where do you hear any conversation about fixing the economy If the millionaires and big business succeed in" buying" this election(thanks to the Supreme Cort and Citizens United, ,lets see how much job creation actually happens

    July 8, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |