Vern Buchanan, David Shapiro spar on taxes, immigration in ABC debate
Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan and Democratic challenge David Shapiro didn’t agree on much in a televised debate, but both feel the other guy would definitely put Social Security and Medicare for seniors at risk.
ABC-7 WWSB on Tuesday night hosted a debate between the candidates in the heated race to represent Florida’s 16th Congressional District.
The most heated exchange of the night surrounded immigration and whether President Donald Trump should send military to guard the border from a Central American caravan.
Buchanan accused Shapiro of supporting open borders, and said “7,000 people will lead to 700,000.” Shapiro pushed back and said that was not true. Moments before, he called for funding more border agents to vet individuals. “Some of the language used around this is divisive and it’s fear mongering.”
In a testy exchange, Shapiro asked Buchanan, “Do you shoot them? These are families trying to get away.” Buchanan responded, “No you don’t shoot them,” but maintained a need for border security.
When host Alan Cohn asked Buchanan about red tide and whether the incumbent should return any donations he’s received from the sugar industry, Buchanan demurred and said if someone wants to support his