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Young Latinos Were The Real Winners Of The MSNBC/Telemundo Democratic Town Hall

MSNBC and Telemundo teamed up to bring the two Democratic candidates together for a lively discussion of issues that ranged from the housing market to immigration. There was a clear winner: young Latino voters. Why? Check it out.

Sanders was first to face the audience. He was asked to define “Democratic Socialism” and how it compares to the socialism of countries like Venezuela and Cuba.

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“When I talk about Democratic Socialism, I’m not looking at Venezuela. I’m not looking at Cuba. I’m looking at countries like Denmark and Sweden,” Sanders pointed out to the audience. “And you know what goes on in those countries? All of the kids who have the ability and desire go to college. And you know how much it costs? It is free.”

But, it means much more than Social Security, according to Sanders.

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Sanders said he wants to expand Medicare from to elderly to everyone, because “everybody in this country should be entitled to health care as a right.”

READ: Bernie Sanders Opens Up About His Immigrant Experience During Victory Speech

Then, a self-described Muslim-American asked the Senator how he would tackle Islamaphobia. Sanders used it to talk about another Latino issue.

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“It is absolutely unacceptable to me that in the year 2016 we have people like Donald Trump and others who are trying to gain votes by scapegoating people who may be Muslims or people who may be Latinos,” Sanders emphasized. “That is unacceptable.”

Then it was Clinton’s turn to take the stage. She was asked why voters should trust her.

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“How are you going to deserve our vote?” At the heart of the question is the concern of a weak jobs market facing young people. Many of them are graduating college with high student debt and no job prospects.

Clinton answered the best way she could… by mentioning her husband’s record.

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“…and get incomes rising because Americans haven’t had a rise in 15 years,” Clinton continued. “I want to be sure that we knock down the barriers that hold back people because of racisim, sexisim, homophobia, all the other kinds of prejudice and bias that is out there. I also want to be sure women get equal pay for work. I think it’s way past time, and we deserve it.”

Clinton was also asked about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA] and asked how she would improve the lives of DACA recipients.

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Rocio Puente wanted to know if Clinton had any plan to ease the tension and fear of DACA students who have to renew their DACA status every two years.

And Clinton came prepared, voicing her support for both DACA and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans [DAPA].

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“I will renew them [Obama’s executive orders]. I will go further if it’s at all legally possible,” Clinton continued. “And I will make this a big political issue because we need to keep those young people working, going to school, being productive members of our society. So I will do everything I can, not only for the young people who deserve the highest protection, but for their families as well.”

You can check out the full MSNBC/Telemundo Democratic Town Hall below!

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Ricky Martin Says That It Is ‘Super Sad’ For Him To See Latinos Voting for Donald Trump

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Ricky Martin Says That It Is ‘Super Sad’ For Him To See Latinos Voting for Donald Trump

Ricky Martin says when it comes to the Latino support of Joe Biden for president, voters bang. He also says those who are voting for Donald Trump completely bomb.

In an interview with The Big Ticket podcast, the “Livin La Vida Loca” singer highlighted the importance of voter turnout and laid out his reasons for giving former Vice President Joe Biden his own vote.

Speaking to The Big Ticket, Martin underlined his efforts to see change this year.

“I’ve been supporting Biden forever,” the singer shared on the podcast. “I think he is the only option we have and he is great. He has been in politics all his life. This is the moment. We all need to get together and be loud about the course of this nation.” For Martin, it seems that the backing of Biden by the Latino community is especially important and seeing anything less is something he truly cannot understand. Martin went so far as to highlight his disbelief in seeing Wanda Vázquez, the current governor of Puerto Rico, endorsing Trump this year.

“Who is that? Next!” he exclaimed during the podcast. “She doesn’t even exist. She wasn’t even elected by the people. She’s not part of this conversation.”

Trump went onto call Latinos in the United States who support Trump “really scary.”

When asked about Latinos in the United States who support Trump, Martin said it’s “really scary” to see but he remains positive that the majority of Latinos will vote him out of office.

“It’s really scary,” he said, before commenting that he does think that the majority of Latinos will vote for Biden. “It’s super sad. I think. Trumpeters make a lot of noise. And it’s scary to see their enthusiasm but us, we’re doing what’s right, the right way and we’ll see what happens in November. But I’m very optimistic.”

“I am a Latino, gay, married to an Arab living in Trump’s America,” he said about his husband Jwan Yosef, a Syrian-born, Swedish painter Marin married in 2017. “We check all the boxes.”

Martin’s comments come at a time when Trump continues to receive support from Cubans in Florida.

The battleground state has seen Cuban Americans, who often vote Republican, make last-ditch efforts to reelect Trump. “Florida’s Cuban American voters remain a bright spot in Trump’s effort to retain his winning coalition from 2016,” ABC reported. “Polls show his strong support from these key voters may even be growing to include the younger Cuban Americans that Democrats once considered their best hope of breaking the GOP’s hold. For Trump, that support could prove essential in a tight race in a state he must win to beat Democratic challenger Joe Biden.”

Referring to the increase in early voters this year, Martin says he’s happy to see voters turning out. “For that, I’m extremely happy,” he explained. “We’ve had plans of if we might leave the country. No, we have to stay here and fight for our rights and for what we believe.”

You can check out Martin’s full interview with The Big Ticket on Nov. 3.

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All the Times Cardi B Made Her Political Voice Heard This Election Cycle

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All the Times Cardi B Made Her Political Voice Heard This Election Cycle

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Sure, when most people think of Cardi B, they think of a fierce female MC with deep roots in the Bronx who has multiple No.1 singles. But her die-hard fans know that she’s just as passionate about politics as she is about spitting bars.

Cardi B has been vocal about her passion for politics for as long as she’s been in the spotlight, but she’s especially made her voice heard in the most recent election. Whether its interviewing candidates or live-commenting on presidential debates, our girl is fully committed to practicing her civic duties.

Take a look at our round-up of all the times that Cardi B was politically active in this most recent election cycle!

Before the primary election really started to heat up in 2019, Cardi B was just a “regular shmegular” celebrity endorsing Democratic candidates for president.

That didn’t sit well with conservative commentator Tomi Lahren who took to Twitter to try and diss her.

Cardi hit back at Tomi Lahren with this legendary comment:

Suddenly being “dog walked” was a term that both CNN and Fox were having to describe to their middle-aged viewers. And the latest election cycle officially began!

Before the election was Biden versus Trump, it was all the democrats versus…all the democrats. In 2019, Cardi B endorsed “Daddy Bernie” for the democratic candidate.

She then interviewed Bernie Sanders in collaboration with his campaign:

Flash forward to 2020 and Cardi was making headlines for an innocent tweet she wrote that she was considering getting into politics.

Naturally, her fans were already printing “Cardi B for President” shirts.

Next, our two favorite Latinas from the Bronx–Cardi B and AOC–both bonded on social media over their shared love of WAP (women as president).

Let’s hope these two do more collabing soon.

Cardi B and Joe Biden had a Zoom interview where they discussed issues that were important to her and her fan base.

During the interview, her and Biden covered everything from Medicare for all, for free college education for all, to ending policy brutality and systemic racism.

And when conservatives tried to come at Cardi B for being “an illiterate rapper” who has no business interviewing Joe Biden, she shut them down:

“It’s not a secret I use my platform to encourage people to vote,” Cardi responded in a now-deleted Instagram video. “I have millions of followers. I pay millions in taxes. I have the Number One song in this country…Just like I can make millions of people pop their p—y, I can make millions of people go vote.”

And of course, Cardi B has been giving blow-by-blow commentary for every excruciating second of both the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates.

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As one of Cardi’s Instagram commenters so astutely put it: “Cardi B for the next debate moderator!”. Here, here!

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