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Garcia takes a stand on the economy

Democratic congressional challenger Joe Garcia today used a foreclosed home in West Miami-Dade as a backdrop to make a point that South Floridians are feeling the country's financial crisis worse than other parts of the country.

"We are ground zero. We are not on the cutting edge; we're on the bleeding edge," Garcia said, in front of the $400,000 home whose owner had gone financially belly up.

He charged that his opponent, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who earlier this week voted against the $700 billion Wall Street bail out, has been "missing in action'' when it comes to helping struggling South Floridans deal with the financial crisis.

"He should not have allowed the fat cats to get us into this mess, but he did because he benefits from them," Garcia said.

A spokesman for Diaz-Balart said of the bill: "Reckless and irresponsible Wall Street companies and executives made millions on the backs of hard-working American families, and now that they are in trouble they want the taxpayers to bail them out.
"On Thursday, Congressman Diaz-Balart will go back to Washington to fight for a good bill - putting taxpayers first," said spokesman Carlos Curbelo.