The Associated Press spoke with three Latino voters in Florida – an independent, a Democrat and a Republican – about key issues in the battleground state, including the impact of the coronavirus, for the interview series “AP Newsmakers.” (Oct. 9)
GISELLE MAMMANIA DIAZ: The pandemic plus the voting situation is tragic. It's tragic because the right to vote, whether you do it absentee or in person, that is the heart of our democracy. And it's discouraging how what defines us as America is being poo-pooed on and creating this emotional level of distrust that was never there before.
SHARIKA MITHA-OCHOA: I'm scared, I am. I'm not, you know, but I come to work. I try to be as safe as possible. I tell, we, we have the kids socially distance. I don't know. I guess we're going to find out. We're going to find out. And unfortunately, you know, people are going to get sick. And I, it's just terrifying to me.
RUBEN VICENTE: Fear is something that is highly manipulable. And I, personally, don't like when somebody manipulates fear. I prefer somebody who, basically, banks on positivity, on getting us through this. And you know, the messages that everybody hears as irresponsible, I hear as encouraging.