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Arriving Democratic Candidates Out to Woo Floridians Ahead of the Debates

June 25, 2019 - 12:45pm
Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke and Jay Inslee
Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke and Jay Inslee

Twenty Democratic presidential hopefuls are about to square off in Miami during two nights of nationally televised debates, as they get an early chance to stand out in the crowded primary.

But some candidates also are visiting political hotspots in Florida, a swing state that will be crucial for any of them to win the White House.

So far, the Homestead migrant detention shelter, the Everglades and Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood have been among the places picked for visits by candidates such as former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Inslee, who has made climate change a focus of his campaign, visited the Everglades on Monday and planned Tuesday to stop in the Little Haiti neighborhood to talk about how “climate change is exacerbating economic equality” in that community.

As another example, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was scheduled to hold a town hall at Miami’s Ocean Bank Convocation Center on Tuesday, a day before she goes on stage for the first night of the debates.

With the debates drawing focus to the state, Florida Democrats have made suggestions to presidential hopefuls about places they should visit and topics they should cover as they try to court Floridians in the coming months. 

"Given the current situation, with a massive fire in the Everglades, I expect to hear much about climate change and each candidate’s plan for addressing the issue," said state Sen. Janet Cruz, a Tampa Democrat who was referring to a 17,000-acre wildfire that started Sunday.

Cruz said she would also like to hear the candidates talk about the "egregious detention of children and separation from their parents," an issue that has drawn heavy attention because of undocumented immigrant children being housed at the Homestead detention center.

State Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, said she would like to see candidates visit Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland or the Pulse nightclub in Orlando to pay respects at two sites where mass shootings have taken place.

Sean Shaw, a former state House member from Tampa who was the 2018 Democratic nominee for attorney general, said it is crucial for candidates to see the Homestead detention facility and places in the state impacted by climate change.

The two-hour debates will be held Wednesday and Thursday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, with 10 candidates participating each night. The debates, the first of the 2020 primary campaign, will be televised by NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.

With the crowded stage, the candidates will have to look for ways to quickly try to stand out and focus on key issues.

Shaw said talking about how the candidates hope to mitigate the effects of climate change is a must.

“If you’re in Florida and you’re not talking about climate change, you’re doing it wrong,” said Shaw, who has endorsed South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president.

It will be equally important to talk about the political fate of Latin American countries, like Venezuela and Cuba, which are hugely important issues to the immigrant communities in Florida, said state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando. 

“Seventy percent of the population in Miami is Hispanic, so Democrats would be well-advised to discuss the issues important to our community while here. They need to be talking about issues related to Cuba, Venezuela and much more,” Smith said. 

Eskamani said she wants to hear candidates talk about their policies on abortion access, ending “corporate welfare” and addressing climate change. On a more personal note, Eskamani, who is Iranian-American, wants to hear about the candidates’ plans on foreign relations amid escalating tension between Iran and the United States. 

“I want to know, how will they lead in diplomacy and repair broken relations,” Eskamani said.

Overall, Shaw said he wants candidates to ditch the “talking points.”

“Policy, vision and the ability to deliver on your promises --- —that’s what I’m hoping to hear in this week’s debates, and I think that’s what most Democrats are looking for,” he said.

Cruz said she will also be listening to see who "resorts to name calling and personal attacks."

"I'd like to see decency and honor restored to the highest office in our country," she said.


Going strictly by the title of this article, the meaning of "Woo" must be "Deceive".

"Send in the Clowns" (Florida needs entertainment; especially after James Comey and his corrupted FBI upper eschelon, and "enabler AG Loretta Lynch")! ! !

By way of the amount of fervent party drivel you spew (most of it based on false narratives), shows the concern you fools have for this event. What should worry you the most is every single viable candidate (even those with no chance) are demolishing the great, lying, orange manalishi in head to head match ups. All the nominee has to do is be somewhat mainstream and pursue a modest attempt at middle ground and they will smash Humpty Dumpty Trumpty...

Democrat 2020 Platform & Goals: -Open Borders. -Sanctuary Cities. -Elimination of ICE -Disarming Americans. -Infanticide. -Voting rights for illegal aliens. -Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit) -Increase refugee's from the third world. -Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office. -Socialism. -Free Abortions for all (Taxpayer funded) -The green new deal. -End of Electoral College -Free Medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded) -Raise Minimum Wage -Have adolescents vote -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded) -Reparations for every race "harmed" by the white man. -Convicts, Terrorists voting. -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms. -Late term abortions. -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work. -Decriminalization of illegal entry into the USA. -Same sex marriages. Sources: Straight from the Democrat's mouths. View speeches on you tube.

You forgot "killing all Republicans" and "turning all their kids into slaves"!

If the shoe fits, wear it. Around the world the left is infamous for silencing (through whatever means deemed necessary) the voices of their opposition. Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and the list goes on...

Come and get it ! (Boisterous loudmouths ALWAYS turn out to be sissies like you "VD 2020"...)

HA HA even the lame brain leftist trolls here know the Demoncrap debates are gonna be one clown show after another. I can not bring myself to actually watch these clown shows but look forward to Rush Limbaugh ragging on the leftist dum@ss behaviour that shall ensue. HA HA

I won't watch them live either. I'll watch a best-of-clowns summary video the next day and probably spend less than 5 minutes on it.

You watch oxycodone limpballs? OMG he's ancient and stupid. Just blathers at the mouth. No wonder you are uneducated b.

Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle! Nutty, buddy! The biggest clown of all, The Great Orange Kahuna, has already taken the stage in the White House. Nobody but nobody can ever top that clown ... EVER!

Democrats are self-destructing; and it's rather fun to watch !

Why is it that the Democrat party candidates are all scum?

So that it becomes easier to identify other low-life creeps just by watching who it is that supports them.

Why is that The Deplorables actually elected "scum"? The Draft-Dodger-In-Chief is a proven and pathological liar - a serial cheater and adulterer - a consummate con-man ("Mexico will build the wall!") - and a committed fraudster (Trump University) - and - just this week, Humpty Trumpty has been charged with wanton rape! (Now, more than 20 women openly accuse him of sexual assault.) That's pretty scummy, Janet. And a bunch of his inner circle have been criminally indicted, some heading to trial, and some already in prison. That's pretty scummy, too, Janet. You're peddling partisan blarney!

"Cruz said she will also be listening to see who "resorts to name calling and personal attacks." "I'd like to see decency and honor restored to the highest office in our country," she said. isn't that what ALL DEMOCRATS DO especially against Republicans?


Actually, Lynnie, it's what Trump does ... as do all unhinged Republicans (listen to some of the Freedom Caucus nutcases and some of your favorite Republican commentators) ... and it goes back to the mid'90s and Newt Gingrich and his preaching of the "Politics of Personal Destruction"! It's SOP for Republicans.

Henderson: What "freaks" . . . you must be talking about Humpty Dumpty in the white House or Rubio/Scott!

Good Lord, hopefully none of these freaks of nature will ever occupy our White House.

And, you would rather have the crude, crass, clueless, classless, corrupt, and criminal Trump in your White House ... you know, the pathological liar; serial cheater, adulterer, and rapist; the consummate con man; and the freakin' fraudster? Mind-boggling!

No, I wouldn't rather have Obozo.

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