What is #10Questions
#10Questions begins 🔥NOW with #BlueWave2018🌊candidate for #FL26, ➡️@DebbieforFL
Welcome, Debbie! How are you this evening? #BWCS #COTD
"I'm great! Thank you so much for having me as your featured COTD. I'm excited to be participating!"
We are so excited to have you! Let’s begin with the first question we ask everyone:
Q1: What inspired you to run for office?
#FL26 #10Questions #BWCS #COTD
"I've spent the majority of my career working to establish and grow the NeighborhoodHELP program at Florida International University. The program takes mobile clinics into vulnerable communities to provide primary health care access in Miami-Dade County. When my opponent voted to repeal the ACA and rip away health care from millions of Americans, that was personal to me. At that moment, I knew I had to run. Every American deserves access to quality affordable health care."
Q2: Gun reform has been front and center in the national conversation since the Parkland school shooting last month. I know that this hit especially close to home for you. Can you tell us why and what your stance on gun reform is? #FL26 #10Questions
"Before I share my story, I want to say how awestruck I am by the students from Parkland who are leading the #MarchforOurLives. Their bravery, leadership, and wisdom is something Washington could learn from.
When I was 24 years old, I received the devastating phone call that my father had been shot and killed by a criminal with a gun. In a moment, my entire life was shattered. He never had the chance to walk me down the aisle or meet his three beautiful grandchildren.
There’s a hole in my life that cannot be filled, and when I see shootings like last month at Stoneman Douglas, last October in Las Vegas, in Orlando in 2016 or Sandy Hook in 2012, I am brought back instantly to the pain, the fear, the frustration, and the heartbreak.
Here’s where I stand on gun violence reform: We need to institute universal background checks, close the gun show loophole, and make sure people who are too dangerous to fly commercial can’t buy a gun. We need to end our government’s ban on gun violence research. We need to ban military-style assault weapons, like the one used in Parkland. We need to make sure we’re keeping guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and others.
These are common sense steps that a majority of Americans agree with and the only reason we haven’t taken those steps is because too many politicians take their orders from the gun lobby, not their voters. I’m running for Congress to change that."
Thank you for telling your story.💔
Q3: Your district is roughly 55% urban, 34% suburban, and 12% rural. I’m always interested in hearing how candidates in such diverse districts bring people together. What are some of the common ideals that everyone in your district can agree on?
"Wherever I go in #FL26, people want to know their kids are going to have a shot at the opportunities they did and more. That means access to health care, fixing our immigration system, and acting on climate change. The specifics are different, but opportunity is the common thread."
Speaking of the ACA! Q4: Your opponent, @RepCurbelo voted to repeal the ACA. You’ve essentially spent your career working to expand access to healthcare. Can you tell us one common-sense fix you would propose to the ACA? #10Questions
"There’s a lot we can do to bring down health care costs, and one fix I’d propose is allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices. That would save you and I $$ as taxpayers and put dollars back in the pockets of older people on Medicare."
Q5: Hurricane Irma and, perhaps to a lesser extent, Hurricane Maria devastated parts of your state. How do you think the federal response has been and what would you change, if anything, in how your district is being served by the current administration? #10Questions #FL26
"Here in #FL26 we know the realities of living through hurricanes, but for too many families that reality includes fighting with insurance companies for coverage or worrying that FEMA funding won’t come through. I’m grateful that my house only saw a small amount of damage, but other families weren’t so lucky, particularly in the Florida Keys, including many who are still in FEMA trailers or displaced. Disaster relief isn’t easy, but it is unacceptable that our federal government left behind parts of our community and our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. We can do better."
Agree! I have family in Puerto Rico who are still without power. And they are the lucky ones.
Q6: Your mother brought your sisters and you to the U.S. when you were younger. What's one thing Congress can do NOW for DACA recipients? #10Questions #COTD
"Congress has acted on a bipartisan basis, but my opponent won’t join with people on both sides of the aisle to sign on to the #DREAMActNow. That bill would take important steps to fix our immigration system and create a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers. I would sign onto that bill."
Q7: The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have brought sexual assault and sexual violence into the mainstream discussion in the past few months. What’s the first thing Congress should do to help combat sexual harassment in the workplace? #10Questions
"Every woman has a #MeToo story and as a mother, I want my daughters to grow up in a world where they don’t have to worry about being harassed or assaulted. Every time we elect a woman to office or hire a woman into leadership we take a step forward towards equality. But Congress needs to take a look in the mirror and do more than take small steps. Congress needs to end the taxpayer-funded system of protection for abusers and pull back the curtain on its members who have used our money to cover their crimes and abuse."
Q8: In the Illinois primary last month, only 3% of Millennials turned out to vote. What can we do to motivate young people to not only register but make it out to the polls? #10Questions
"This weekend I marched in a student-led march as a part of a national student-led movement. It’s simple, we need to listen to young people, take their very real concerns seriously, and be ready to take action to fix a broken system. I’m here to do that."
Q8: The opioid crisis is a scourge that has left no corner of America untouched but has hit Florida especially hard. What more will you do as a U.S. Representative for #FL26 to combat this epidemic? #10Questions
"You’re right, the opioid crisis is an epidemic that has impacted countless families. I’m for closing down pill mills and bringing an end to overprescribing. While we’re addressing supply issues, we must improve treatment options to help people get the addiction care they need, when they need it."
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us about your platform and your district. And thank everyone I tagged here who has been following along! ❤️
Q10: What is one issue we haven’t covered today that is an important one affecting your district?
"It’s simple, we need to #ActOnClimate. #FL26 is ground zero for sea-level rise and every day that Congress refuses to act and instead hides behind words is a day our life, future, and economy is put further at risk. Thank you Holly for giving me the chance to join you tonight and what a great question to end on! Thank you all who have been following along. You can learn more about me and my campaign for #FL26 http://www.debbie2018.com "
OMG, climate was my next to last question. 🤣🤣🤣 Sorry about that, I skipped right over it. So glad you brought it up, and thank you again!