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

I agree the minimum wage should be increased. However, $15/hr won’t be enough to find decent housing across America. One should earn a wage that allows them to meet their basic needs.

Source: Candidate Website

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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

SC Dem Convention (June 2019)

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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Education

I'm proud to be the first candidate to ask for the forgiveness of over $1.5 million dollars in outstanding student debt.

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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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

Juneteenth is celebrated as the day Black slaves were freed from their enslavers. Since that time this nation has made many advances but yet to fully recompense for the generational harm caused by slavery and laws that have led to wealth and economic gaps. To discuss these discrepancies and to seek remedy is not being divisive. It shows a sign of maturity that would lead to a stronger America. A nation that recognizes and make amends for its sins. I believe as a nation, we can take that step and heal wounds yet to be mended.

Source: Candidate Website

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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

SC Dem Convention (June 2019)

Source: South Carolina Democratic Convention (June 2019)

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