Virtual Debates: 2020 Presidential Candidate

Wayne Messam

I'm Miramar, Florida mayor - Wayne Messam and I'm so excited to be here and I am one of the presidential candidates. One of the reasons I'm excited to be here is because I'm not supposed to be here. I am the son of immigrants. My father was a contract sugar cane cutter in the hot sun of south Florida - cutting sugar cane for $.75/row. My mother was a cook who went out into those fields to feed those same workers. They came to this country chasing the American dream that I'm living today. Now I'm the mayor of a major city in Florida, situated between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and we're solving a lot of progressive issues.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Economic Stimulus

Repeal President Trump's $2 trillion tax cuts for the wealthy and forgiving $1.5 trillion in student loan debt to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

Source: TYT Interview

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Crime

We actually, right now, because the NRA has such a restrictive law in our state, I can't even ban assault style weapons in our city parks where our kids play. I'm not sitting back, I'm suing the State of Florida so that mayors can have a bigger say in gun control in our cities.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Health Care

I believe access to healthcare is a civil right. I support plans to expand Medicare to cover the uninsured. I also believe in choice. If you like you private or employer provided plan, you should keep it. If you don’t, bring your premiums over to the gov’t provided plan.

Source: Candidate Website

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Education

Supports debt free college by fully funding Pell Grants and incentivizing states who provide tuition free college

Source: TYT Interview

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Environment

In Florida, we are ground zero for climate change. As a mayor I know not only what it means to prepare for emergency response, but to take the brunt of a storm, and to help a community heal and giving them the resources that they need.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Civil Rights

We banned the box in our city because you may have had a hiccup in your life and been arrested for something, but now you want to get your life on track and we don't ask that question so your file won't go into the garbage can and you never get a chance to get a job.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Tech and Innovation

SC Dem Convention (June 2019)

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Foreign Policy

We take advantage of the (I would say free labor) of many immigrants, but this country doesn't penalize corporations for hiring illegal labor - but we demonize them for coming to this country just to be able to chase the American dream. We have to provide a pathway to citizenship for those individuals.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Politics

Campaign financed by small donors. Not accepting PAC money or donations from corporations.

Source: TYT Interview

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