What about Florida issues? We asked Democratic candidates your questions. Now see their answers.

[TARA MCCARTY | Tampa Bay Times]
Published June 26, 2019|Updated Sept. 6, 2019

The Tampa Bay Times asked every major Democratic presidential candidate to weigh in on issues of particular interest to Floridians. Fifteen responded. Here are their answers, word-for-word.

Three of the questions are ours. We focused on topics important to Florida that we haven’t seen the candidates already address. The rest come directly from readers like you.

We’ve highlighted the heart of every answer, but tap on the response to read their whole statement.


  1. In recent years, natural disasters have occurred more frequently and caused more damage and it often takes an act of Congress to unlock needed funding. How do you propose we change disaster relief funding to adjust to this new normal?
  2. Would you end or continue the trade embargo with Cuba?
  3. Reported cases of HIV and AIDS are on the rise in Florida. The Miami area -- where 1 in 1,000 people have HIV -- has the highest rate of new diagnosis of any metro area in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What would your administration do to address the AIDS/HIV epidemic?
  4. From John Godwin in Tampa: What specific steps would you take to increase our society's accessibility for people with disabilities?
  5. From Irwing Nieto in Plant City: Do you support a universal basic income or universal living wage?
  6. From Katie Bohnett in Tallahassee: Can you please define "middle class?"
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“Polling above 5 percent” means the candidate’s RealClearPolitics national polling average was greater than or equal to 1.0 percent for the time period from Aug. 21 through Sept. 3.