Today, former Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia faced off against Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo at the Hometown! Key West Candidate Forum. In his winning performance, Garcia called out Curbelo for voting in favor of Donald Trump's extreme agenda. Garcia also highlighted the issues he has advocated for, while his opponent has worked against them--such as a woman's right to choose, equal pay for equal work and clean water.
"CD26 residents deserve a champion who will fight on the right side of the important issues," said Joe Garcia, candidate for Florida's 26th Congressional District. "I have a history of standing up to extremist Republicans like Trump in Congress in order to defend the environment, a woman's right to choose and Pell Grants for our students--unlike Curbelo who backs up Trump's rhetoric with his own votes."
In Congress, Garcia delivered for his district. He successfully cut student loan rates, which have since dropped to their lowest point in 10 years. Joe was also an advocate for clean water and the environment, having secured $200 million for Everglades restoration and an additional $2 million in funding for water quality improvements.
In Congress, Curbelo voted to cut $84 billion from the Pell Grant program. He voted to allow coal companies to pollute Florida waters with toxic coal ash. Curbelo, just like Trump, called Social Security a Ponzi Scheme, and went even further by calling Medicare a Ponzi scheme too.