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Rivera, Garcia square off on the issues

In the aftermath of the primary elections, District 25 congressional candidates David Rivera and Joe García said that the economy and unemployment are the main issues in a race attracting national attention.

Another key issue: a proposed Free Trade Agreement with Colombia that could generate business and jobs to South Florida.

But besides the Colombian issue, the candidates have different ideas about how to improve the economy.

Republican Rivera wants to reduce federal spending and taxes to small businesses, while García, the Democratic candidate, wants to give loans to small business and invest in alternative energy.

Both candidates are after the seat left vacant by Republican Mario Diaz-Balart, who represented the district for eight years.

"It has been identified as one of the races that could decide which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives, where ideological lines are clearly drawn,'' said Susan MacManus, a professor of political science at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Full story by Melissa Sanchez here.