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Which presidential candidate do you want to hear discuss Florida issues?

Locals wanted to hear the candidates — both Republican and Democratic — speak on issues that run the gamut from environmental issues to foreign policy.
Locals wanted to hear the candidates — both Republican and Democratic — speak on issues that run the gamut from environmental issues to foreign policy. AP

We asked the following question to readers on social media and the Public Insight Network recently: Which presidential candidate do you want to hear discuss Florida issues? Thanks for all of your responses. Below is a sampling of your comments, some of which were edited for length and clarity. Learn more about the Public Insight Network and comment on previous discussions at MiamiHerald.com/community and select Community Conversations.

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Bernie Sanders. I’d love to hear his take on environmental issues, specifically sea level rise, foreign relations in regards to Cuba and income inequality. These seem to be the hottest topics in Miami and I know he’s worked actively in all three but I’d love to hear him talk about Miami and its role within them.

Bruce Pinchbeck, Miami Beach

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I would really like to hear Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio. Florida issues are national issues, and as a large swing state, our voices should be heard sooner in the process, rather than later.

Robert Black, Miami

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John Kasich. I’d like to hear his opinions on tax policy, immigration and the Iran agreement. From what I can see, he’s far and away the best credentialed candidate available. He has moved his state from deficit to surplus while cutting taxes. He has successfully worked with a heavily Democrat legislature and he is broad-minded enough to see the Affordable Care Act as legislation that would help the people of Ohio. Credentials aside, I haven’t the vaguest idea where he stands on any national issue. This doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have positions, only that they have not been broadly disseminated. I’d like to hear his thoughts.

Arnold Slotkin, Hollywood

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Hillary Clinton. Women’s economic prosperity, equal pay, accessible and affordable healthcare and effective business assistance programs.

Maribel Balbin, Miami Lakes

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Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Rand Paul. Make banks and Wall Street more accountable and actually send white collar criminals to jail instead of just fining the institutions. Providing guidelines, not mandates, on primary and secondary education. Determining the actual cause of high tuition costs and find ways of reducing the student loan burden. Don’t just lower interest rates — lower the cost.

Robert Reyes, Homestead

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Donald Trump. Trump discussing immigration, education and healthcare. Since he is not beholden to the special interests of PAC funds, I’m curious what he thinks about a state Republicans desperately want to win. What does Trump think of renewed relations with Cuba?

Glenn Osrin, West Kendall

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Carly Fiorina. I want to hear what her foreign policy looks like. I disagree with the latitude that’s been given to Cuba, Iran and no help to Middle Eastern and African nations ready to help us beat ISIL. I’d like to ask Carly how important the private sector is for our country’s economy, why banks don’t lend money and why there are few, if any, community banks.

Nelson Vega, Miami

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Ben Carson. I want him to address his opinion on immigration. Dr. Carson speaks frequently about both political parties dividing this nation and how destructive that is. Dr. Carson has said we are being pitted against one another by both parties instead of trying to find a way to bring us back as a united nation. I think that the Democratic and Republican parties use Hispanics for their own political interest and I want to know how Dr. Carson feels.

Beth Wagner, Key West

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Jeb Bush. How are you going to help the 800,000 Floridians who have missed out on Medicaid expansion due to partisan politics?

Enrique Baloyra, Biscayne Park

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Bernie Sanders. Our economy is massively based on low paying, service-sector jobs. Income disparities in South Florida are even higher than in the rest of the country. I would be interested in hearing Mr. Sanders talk about how he would address low wages and income inequality in South Florida.

Andrew Leone, Fort Lauderdale

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