Donna Shalala, candidate for Congress in Florida’s 27th Congressional District, has accepted nine invitations to debate or participate in candidate forums and invites María Elvira Salazar to join her so that voters can know where each candidate stands on the most important issues for Miamians. Shalala, the longest- serving Health & Human Services Secretary in U.S. history and former President of the University of Miami, has accepted debate invitations with Radio Caracol on October 2 and Telemundo 51 on October 10. Secretary Shalala has also accepted invitations to debate on WPLG, CBS 4 and WLRN at dates and times to be determined.
To date, Maria Elvira Salazar has not confirmed her participation for any of these opportunities. The Telemundo and Caracol debates will be in Spanish. If confirmed, the CBS 4, WPLG and WLRN debates will be in English. Secretary Shalala had also previously accepted an invitation to debate the issue of healthcare on WPLG on September 23 as well as forums with her and her opponent at Temple Beth Am on October 14 and at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus on October 23. Unfortunately, Salazar declined to participate.
“I look forward to debating my opponent. Our community deserves to understand what our priorities will be in Congress,” Donna Shalala said. “I’m not dodging debates or forums. I stand up for what I believe. If Maria Elvira Salazar will not stand up to me, how can voters count on her to stand up to Trump?”