Debbie’s New TV Ad Focuses On Fighting For Affordable Health Care

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, released her newest ad this week in conjunction with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Named “Worry,” the ad highlights her commitment to fighting Republican efforts to strip South Florida families’ access to essential medical services.

“No one should have to worry about whether they can see a doctor, buy a prescription, or recover from an illness,” Mucarsel-Powell narrates. “We Democrats are fighting to stop insurance companies from charging people with pre-existing conditions more; stop them from charging people over 50 an age tax; and take on the drug companies to bring costs down.”

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Health care is one of the pivotal issues in the contest for Florida’s 26th Congressional District. While Debbie will work to bring down healthcare costs and protect people living with pre-existing conditions, Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo voted 10 times to repeal our current healthcare system, votes that would have gutted crucial protections for the more than 300,000 people living in this district with a pre-existing condition, and made health care significantly more expensive for all Americans.

“I know what it’s like to have an insurance company slam the door in your face when a loved one becomes sick. So, to people like me, this is an issue of life and death,” said Judith Casale, a healthcare advocate and resident of Florida’s 26th Congressional District. “When insurance companies found out my husband had melanoma, they refused to cover us. My Congressman, Carlos Curbelo, and his party are trying to take us back to a system where profits are more important than the lives of those we love. I’m supporting Debbie because she’s spent her career helping people in our community and expanding access to affordable care. I know she’ll do the same for us in Congress.”

The new ad comes as Mucarsel-Powell is surging in the polls heading into the final weeks of the campaign. A recent survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP) showed Mucarsel-Powell leading Curbelo, a two-term congressman, by one point (45-44). Similarly, a recent poll commissioned by the New York Times showed both candidates in a statistical tie.

The race between Democrat Mucarsel-Powell and Republican Curbelo is considered one of the most competitive in the country. CNN, Real Clear Politics, and FiveThirtyEight have rated the contest a toss-up.

TRANSCRIPT:

No one should have to worry about whether they can see a doctor, buy a prescription, or recover from an illness.

We Democrats are fighting to stop insurance companies from charging people with pre-existing conditions more;

Stop them from charging people over 50 an age tax; and take on the drug companies to bring costs down.

I’m Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, and I approve this message so we can make health care affordable for all of us.

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AFSCME Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Miami, FL – The Florida chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the nation’s largest public services employees union with more than 1.6 million members, has endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for the 2018 election.

“We support Debbie’s commitment to secure pensions, improve our healthcare system and protect Medicare and Social Security,” said Jacqui Carmona, Political Director of AFSCME Florida. “South Florida needs a representative who cares about workers and the middle class, and we can trust Debbie to always put hardworking people first.”

Unions, workers and allies in Florida have rallied around Mucarsel-Powell in the fight to unseat Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo. In the past months, Debbie has been endorsed by Florida AFL-CIO, SEIU Florida, United Faculty of Miami-Dade College, United Teachers of Dade, and Teamsters Local Union 769.

In addition to Mucarsel-Powell’s strong support among community groups, her support among voters is also surging. According to recent surveys, Debbie has all the momentum heading into the final weeks of the campaign. One poll showed Mucarsel-Powell leading Curbelo, a two-term congressman, by one point (45-44).

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State Sen. José Javier Rodríguez Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Miami, FL – Sen. José Javier Rodríguez, who has represented the 37th District in the Florida Senate since 2016, has endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in the race for Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

As a longtime Floridian, Debbie understands the issues facing our families, especially under this administration, said State Sen. José Javier Rodríguez.We need someone in Congress who will stand up to the abuses of President Trump and his administration, expand opportunities for the next generation and fight against climate change. I am happy to endorse her as the next congresswoman from Florida.

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Six Weeks From Election Day, Mucarsel-Powell Controls the Momentum

MIAMI – As Election Day nears in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has surged in recent polls and holds all the momentum heading into the final weeks of the campaign.

In a survey published on Friday by the organization Protect Our CareMucarsel-Powell topped Curbelo by one point, 45-44. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) between Sep. 17 and Sept. 19, surveyed 511 voters in the district who answered automated calls. The margin of error was ±4.3.

Similarly, a recent survey commissioned by the New York Times showed both candidates in a virtual tie, with Curbelo holding a slim 3-point lead over Mucarsel-Powell. The poll, conducted by Siena College and published last week, also showed a majority of voters would prefer Democrats to take control of the U.S. House after November. It was conducted between Sept. 13 and Sept. 17 and included 509 completed calls, with a margin of error of ±5.

Most experts have pointed to Rep. Curbelo as one of the most endangered Republican incumbents in the country. As Debbie controls more and more of the momentum, evidence on the ground suggests they’re correct.

“Congressman Curbelo has put his party’s politics above the interests of our community, and voters are tired of it, said Melvin Félix, spokesperson for the Mucarsel-Powell campaign. “Our campaign’s momentum continues to grow as more people learn about Debbie’s vision and about Curbelo’s terrible voting record in Washington. 

“Curbelo has been on the wrong side of every issue that matters most to our families, whether it’s on healthcare, tax reform, or gun safety. South Floridians are ready for a real champion like Debbie who will actually represent the values of this community in Congress.”

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Six Weeks From Election Day, Mucarsel-Powell Controls the Momentum

MIAMI – As Election Day nears in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has surged in recent polls and holds all the momentum heading into the final weeks of the campaign.

In a survey published on Friday by the organization Protect Our CareMucarsel-Powell topped Curbelo by one point, 45-44. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) between Sep. 17 and Sept. 19, surveyed 511 voters in the district who answered automated calls. The margin of error was ±4.3.

Similarly, a recent survey commissioned by the New York Times showed both candidates in a virtual tie, with Curbelo holding a slim 3-point lead over Mucarsel-Powell. The poll, conducted by Siena College and published last week, also showed a majority of voters would prefer Democrats to take control of the U.S. House after November. It was conducted between Sept. 13 and Sept. 17 and included 509 completed calls, with a margin of error of ±5.

Most experts have pointed to Rep. Curbelo as one of the most endangered Republican incumbents in the country. As Debbie controls more and more of the momentum, evidence on the ground suggests they’re correct.

“Congressman Curbelo has put his party’s politics above the interests of our community, and voters are tired of it, said Melvin Félix, spokesperson for the Mucarsel-Powell campaign. “Our campaign’s momentum continues to grow as more people learn about Debbie’s vision and about Curbelo’s terrible voting record in Washington. 

“Curbelo has been on the wrong side of every issue that matters most to our families, whether it’s on healthcare, tax reform, or gun safety. South Floridians are ready for a real champion like Debbie who will actually represent the values of this community in Congress.”

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In Key West Forum, Mucarsel-Powell Blasts Curbelo for Voting Against Florida Families on Healthcare, Taxes, and the Environment

KEY WEST – Democratic candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell tonight faced off against Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo at the Hometown! Key West Candidate Forum.  Mucarsel-Powell delivered a winning performance, taking the incumbent to task for his votes to strip more than 100,000 Floridians of healthcare and protections for pre-existing conditions, and to give himself and his wealthy donors huge tax handouts at the expense of working families. Mucarsel-Powell, who previously worked at the Coral Restoration Foundation, also called out Curbelo for voting time and time again to dismantle safeguards meant to protect our environment.

“It’s time we hold Carlos Curbelo accountable for constantly saying one thing to the people of this community and then voting the opposite way when he’s back in Washington,” said Debbie Murcarsel-Powell, candidate for Florida’s 26th Congressional District. “Whether it’s on healthcare, taxes, women’s rights, or the environment, Curbelo has demonstrated that when push comes to shove, he’ll side with Trump and Washington Republicans to vote against South Florida families. Unlike Curbelo, I’ll always fight for what matters to South Florida and give this community a real voice in Congress.”

Curbelo, who represents a district that Hillary Clinton won by 16 points in 2016, is one of the most vulnerable House Republicans in the country. And while Curbelo has tried to paint himself as a moderate in South Florida, his record shows that is far from the truth.

Here are just a few of the lowlights:

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Miami Herald: NYT “live poll” shows Mucarsel-Powell closing in on Curbelo

The New York Times conducted a “live poll” in Curbelo’s district, where readers could see in real-time how many calls were being made and where voters were responding to the poll within the district. After four days of thousands of calls, Curbelo emerged with a three percentage point lead over Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a result that is within the poll’s five-point margin of error.
The poll, conducted via phone from September 13 to 17, called 509 voters in Curbelo’s Miami-to-Key West district which he has represented since 2015. Curbelo finished with 47 percent support and Mucarsel-Powell picked up 44 percent of support with nine percent of voters being undecided.
The poll comes a month after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released polling that showed Mucarsel-Powell trailing Curbelo by a larger margin than a poll conducted months earlier, suggesting that the Democrat who ran for state Senate had work to do to make the race more competitive.
“This race has tightened considerably. The more voters get to know Debbie, the more the wind is at her back,” said Melvin Felix, a spokesperson for the Mucarsel-Powell campaign. “Curbelo voted with his party in Congress to take healthcare away from more than 100,000 people in this district. The more that voters get to know Debbie, the stronger she’ll be in November.”
Curbelo maintains a fundraising advantage over Mucarsel-Powell and outside groups are expected to invest heavily in the race. Most of the election prognosticators rate the race as a toss up or slightly in favor of Curbelo after Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump by more than 14 percentage points in the district.
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NYT Poll: Debbie Closing the Gap in Florida’s 26th District

MIAMI – Late last night, the New York Times live election poll completed its calls in Florida’s 26th Congressional District and showed a race that has tightened considerably in Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s favor, with Carlos Curbelo now only holding a slim 47-44 lead, well within the margin of error. This result comes even as voters hold a clear opinion of Congressman Curbelo, but continue to get to know Debbie. A majority of voters also reported they would prefer Democrats to take control of the U.S. House.

“This race has tightened considerably. The more voters get to know Debbie, the more the wind is at her back,” said Melvin Felix, a spokesperson for the Mucarsel-Powell campaign. “That’s because voters are rejecting the agenda of Congressman Curbelo and other Washington Republicans. Curbelo voted with his party in Congress to take healthcare away from more than 100,000 people in this district. Like so many others in Florida, Debbie arrived in this country as an immigrant from Latin America and worked her way up to have a chance at the American dream. She will fight for families with the same goals, and she won’t sell them out to a political party in Washington. The more that voters get to know Debbie, the stronger she’ll be in November.”

This poll was part of a series commissioned by the New York Times to cover the races in some of the most competitive congressional districts across the country. Unlike other similar surveys, poll responses were published and displayed in real time, allowing readers to track results from start to finish.

The New York Times poll in Florida’s 26th Congressional District was conducted between Sept. 13 and Sept. 17. A total of 509 surveys were completed after 46,010 dials were attempted to phones in the district. The margin of error is ±5. To view the complete poll results, click here.

Most experts have pointed to Curbelo as one of the most endangered incumbents in the country. In a July poll that was completed before any paid advertising, Mucarsel-Powell was initially within seven points of the congressman, and later statistically tied with him after respondents were informed about her background and policy agenda.

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Florida AFL-CIO Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Miami – The Florida AFL-CIO, which represents over a million union members, retirees, and their family members and has fought for decades to create better conditions for workers in the state, has endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in the race for Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

“South Florida workers need a new leader who will fight to fix an economy that has been rigged for the wealthy, and to put the issues that affect workers everyday first,” said Jeffrey Mitchell, President of the South Florida AFL-CIO. “Debbie understands that workers need access to more affordable healthcare, good paying jobs and a fully funded public education system. South Florida’s union members are ready to take that message to their union halls and the ballot box this November.”

“We need to make our economy work for everyone, and that starts by supporting the workers who have built our state and made our country what it is today,” said Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. “I’m incredibly grateful to the Florida AFL-CIO for their support and I proudly commit to standing up for workers’ rights in Washington.”

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MIAMI HERALD: Miami Democrats protest to remove gun show from fairgrounds

On the first weekend of their general election campaigns, a coalition of Democratic candidates running for state and federal office huddled on a blistering street corner in Miami with their sights set on a familiar target: firearms.

A spate of school shootings across the nation in recent months, and the activism that emerged from South Florida after 17 students and educators were killed at a Parkland high school on Valentine’s Day, reignited the issue of guns in America as Democrats push to flip Tallahassee and Washington.

And on Saturday, with one of the largest gun shows looming behind them, the Democrats stood with a small group of protesters and campaign staff on the corner of Southwest 107th Avenue and Coral Way, near the entrance to the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair.

It was an attempt, they said, to pressure the county fairgrounds into divesting from Florida Gun Shows, a statewide operation that has held its weapons expos on the site for more than three decades, according to its owner.

But the candidates used the gun-show rally as an opportunity to launch into their platforms against gun violence, which include restricting the sale of semi-automatic long guns.

“I find it extremely ironic that the county fair, where we bring children to the fair, is right now hosting a gun show,” said Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a Democrat running against incumbent Carlos Curbelo in Florida’s 26th Congressional District. “If the Republicans in Congress like Curbelo are not willing to take a stance, to have the political will and courage to do the right thing to keep our community safe, then we need to change Congress, and that’s why I’m here today.”

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