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Facing South Florida: Frederica Wilson

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MIAMI (CBS4) – U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson accused her opponent, Dr. Rudy Moise, of being “underground” during this year’s Democratic primary race.

“I have not seen Dr. Rudy Moise since the last time I defeated him, I saw him at one debate, I have not even seen him in the community doing any service or showing up anywhere, so I am still looking for him, he has gone completely underground,” Wilson said during an appearance Sunday morning on CBS4’s Facing South Florida.

Wilson said it is time to end the debate over the Affordable Care Act, despite polls which show that at least 59 percent of Floridians oppose the law and would like to see it repealed.
“It should not be repealed, no one has called my house for a poll, no one has called anyone I know for a poll, ” Wilson told host Jim DeFede.

Wilson said she would work with both Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to encourage them to expand Medicaid – as is allowed under the law. So far however, Republicans, including the Governor, have said they will not expand Medicaid to an estimated two million Floridians who would now qualify but remain uncovered by the state.

“We have suffering, so many people in  suffering, children, poor children, seniors, single mothers, I mean we can’t continue like this,” Wilson said.

Also on Sunday, Wilson admitted she was wrong  when she voted for the now controversial Stand Your Ground Law while in the Florida Legislature, which has been at the center the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case for months.

“That was a mistake,” Wilson said.

She said she never envisioned it would be used in such a brutal manner.

“ A young boy walking down the street … shot in the heart…that needs to be repealed, ” Wilson said.

Wilson admitted she was considering legislation that would withhold federal transportation dollars from states that refuse to repeal Stand Your Ground.  After the show she admitted she probably would move forward with the proposal.

Wilson also said supports the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, which, if signed by Obama, would allow 112,000 visa petitioners to be in the U.S. as they wait for a family-based visa.

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