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Well -- 29 electoral votes up for grabs lord has once again playing a key role in the presidential race -- sunshine state has the third highest foreclosure filings rate in the nation and unemployment worse than the national average of eight point 8% so what's needed to win over the -- -- -- -- -- Grail he is running for state senate in his district that includes Miami.
He just returned.
From the aren't seeing camp John great to have you.
Eight thanks for having me -- my pleasure OK so is the RNC sending the right message to Florida.
Yes it definitely is I I gotta tell yet folks are pumped there's a lot of energy that convention.
And I think it's because.
People are really focused on growth and not just the -- that growth to work sort of slightly better than what we're seeing growth but swing for the fences growth.
I think here in Florida we really do need the kind of game changing growth that you know folks in the party you're talking about.
You're talking about eight point 8% unemployment the state this community where I'm sitting we actually of nine point 9% unemployment.
Higher -- the state and national averages and I think we really need to come to the table with some creative.
Pro growth policies in order to change the direction of -- you say.
You're from Florida people around the country John automatically think of Medicare your former federal prosecutor -- capital lot of cases dealing with Medicare fraud can.
Romney Ryan prevent it from going bankrupt.
Yes I I I think.
It's about keeping our promises not just to the current generation of Medicare recipients.
-- -- to their grandkids I find that you know if grandparents around the country or anything like my parents the first thing they think about in the morning -- the grandchildren and I think that's the right way to frame the debate.
How do we as a society.
Approach Medicare to make sure that the promises we're making in keeping -- just for today but for future generations and I think the answer.
-- -- very aggressive prosecution of fraud and waste and abuse of the system.
-- Florida is lamented lead the Medicare fraud capital -- United States it's also the capital of enforcement efforts I'm really proud and humbled to have been a part.
Of are really really robust prosecution efforts done -- against fraudulent things I'm so -- trip Q.
No price volunteer we met -- person many times lot of friends in common you are Cuban American Republican -- public office in Florida.
Just admire Marco Rubio I've always thought you seem so similar to him the way to look wait us out your policies your outlook.
Well -- is a lot more attractive than I am probably -- can I come from the same neighborhood.
So we we we have some background in common and I think just -- important he's tapped into something that I think everybody regardless of political stance should tap into and that's talking about the future in an optimistic way.
Our great leaders without regard to party from FDR to Reagan.
Are great because they get Americans to -- great things and I'm reading in part because I think it's time for American take -- great things again and Marco communicate suffered while you've been endorsed by the Florida chamber of commerce and -- you are challenging a long time incumbent.
Her name is -- Margolis she's been in office since the late seventies John she's -- a little bit more money than you.
This battle for you.
It is that it.
Quite honestly everything I've ever done in my life as a little bit of an uphill battle -- and the Cuban American Negroponte working class background I worked my way through Harvard college and Harvard Law School.
And I gotta tell yeah I like I like my odds as far as challenges I've taken on in my life this one's not all that great how to I have to support.
I'm 34 years old.
And I gotta tell you I'm really excited about this and I'm honored to have the support of the Florida chamber I think it's has a lot of people who make investments for a living and invested.
In our future -- sort of long on Florida long term.
Along on this candidacy alright John Korea of his running for state senate.
In Florida covering district that includes Miami lot of economic challenges there -- of course -- swing states so it's interesting to hear.
Politicians take from -- smaller scale out at thirty.
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