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Would Carlos Curbelo want Donald Trump to campaign with him?



It's not surprising that Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo has tried to distance himself from President Donald Trump as he runs for reelection. 

After all, Trump lost to Hillary Clinton by 16.3 percentage points in Curbelo's Miami-to-Key West district.  

But Curbelo's campaign said they would be open to Trump campaigning in the district when asked by Axios on Tuesday. 

"While Carlos has never invited public figures to campaign with him, he has welcomed those who have offered," Curbelo spokesperson Joanna Rodriguez said to Axios. "He has also joined Presidents Obama and Trump in South Florida to stand with them on issues in which ‎he agrees with them ... Anyone who wants to support Carlos' efforts and endorse his bipartisan approach to public service is welcome to do so." 

Trump jumped on the campaign trail this past weekend in Southwestern Pennsylvania to stump for a Republican running in a special congressional election. In a speech that lasted over an hour, Trump insulted the intelligence of Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters, along referring to Meet the Press host and South Florida native Chuck Todd as a "sleeping son of a bitch." 

Curbelo faces a likely challenge from Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in November. 

Update: Curbelo's campaign sent an additional statement after the Miami Herald asked about whether or not he would campaign with Trump. 

"Supporters buy into Carlos and his bipartisan, civil approach to public service, not the other way around," Rodriguez said in an email. "Anyone who wants to support Carlos is welcome to do so. While Carlos and the President have major differences in both style and substance, if the President is willing to get behind Carlos' style of leadership and the policies he supports, that would be a positive development for our country's toxic politics. However, as stated previously, Carlos is not seeking the support or endorsement of any other politicians. He is exclusively focused on earning the support and respect of the people of South Florida." 

This post removed a paragraph after Axios amended their story.