Carl DeMaio (CA-52) on ABC News

Carl DeMaio is openly gay, supports abortion rights, and says that climate change is a problem that demands bold solutions from the government. He also happens to be the Republican candidate for Congress in California’s 52nd District.

Despite standing in opposition to many of the GOP’s core principles, DeMaio insists that he’s a conservative to his core.

“I actually represent the new generation that is coming up,” DeMaio told “Top Line” in an interview, stressing that his positions are anchored in the Republican Party’s historical foundation.

“I actually believe that I reflect the traditional roots of the Republican Party,” DeMaio said. “If you go back decades, you’ll find Teddy Roosevelt was one of the first conservationists in this country, and you see a party that traditionally supports economic freedom.”

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