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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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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ICYMI: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Stands With Workers Protesting at MIA Airport

Miami, FL – At a protest organized last Thursday by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at the Miami International Airport, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell stood with union workers who demanded better wages and conditions for airline employees.

“Many mothers have told me that they have to keep two jobs to pay their bills,” Mucarsel-Powell said in Spanish to América TeVé Noticias. “They cant pay for medical services; they can’t pay for their kids’ education or for school supplies. That’s why I’m here to support workers.”

Mucarsel-Powell, who is seeking to unseat Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, has focused her campaign on creating an economy that works for everyone, which includes protecting workers and raising wages for hardworking families.

She has criticized Rep. Curbelo for helping draft and pass the Republican tax bill last year, giving massive handouts to corporations while leaving behind workers.

Watch the full clip from América TeVé Noticias here.

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Rep. David Cicilline (RI-01) endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Miami, FL – Congressman David Cicilline, who represents Rhode Islands 1st Congressional District and introduced a bill this year to ban the sale of assault weapons, has endorsed Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in the race for Florida’s 26th Congressional District:

“I’m proud to support Debbie because I know she’s a fighter,” said Rep. David Cicilline, Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. “She’s tough, she knows how to get things done, and she’s the kind of representative we need in Congress to help solve our nation’s most pressing problems. I look forward to working with Debbie to bring an end to gun violence in our country, to protect the people who need it most, and to ensure our government stands for all Americans.”

“I’m so excited to have Congressman Cicilline’s support, and I commend him for boldly leading the way in Congress against gun violence,” said Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. “I look forward to working with him to finally ban assault weapons in our streets and make sure we’re doing all we can to protect our children’s safety.”

Background: Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) has refused to sign on to Rep. Cicillines Assault Weapons Ban of 2018 (H.R. 5087), which would prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of semi-automatic, military-style rifles and pistols that can accept a detachable magazine, as well as semi-automatic rifles with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds; semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature; any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds; and more than 200 specifically-named and listed firearms.

The bill currently has 176 cosponsors.

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