1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sharika Mitha Ochoa, Democrat and Miami Resident:
"We have a major problem with Biscayne Bay. And I know we have a problem globally. What's going on out in the West Coast is terrifying. Lack of oxygen in the air for humans. But we have a problem here and we're surrounded by water and we need to take care of our waterways. And it just doesn't seem like we're doing enough."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ruben Vicente, Republican and Miami Resident:
"I think that we need to discuss more what things we have in common, what goals we share, what differences we have and where we can reach middle ground because, trust me, I'll be out there with you, with my, you know, my big I'm an old Republican shirt, because I'm already old, and I'll be picking up the litter off of the side of Biscayne Bay."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Giselle Mammana Diaz, Independent and Miami Resident:
"So, I have seen it. I have personally experienced it. I haven't been able to take my twin boys sometimes to the beach because there's too much seaweed and bacteria on the shores. So, I do see it. I just wonder what moves the conversation for people to actually act and make a change."
More than 5 million Latinos call the battleground state of Florida home.
Their stories and backgrounds are diverse and their vote can help decide the presidential election.
On Thursday, The Associated Press spoke with three voters in Miami for the interview series "AP Newsmakers": Attorney Giselle Mammana Diaz, an independent; Sharika Mitha-Ochoa, a Democrat; and Ruben Vicente, a Republican.
During the hour-long conversation, Diaz, Mitha-Ochoa and Vicente discussed political divisions in America, the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and others issues with Deputy Director of Newsgathering Alex Sanz and Hispanic Affairs reporter Adriana Gomez Licon.
In America's leading presidential battleground, there's mounting anxiety among Democrats that the Joe Biden campaign's standing among Latinos is slipping, potentially giving President Donald Trump an opening in his reelection bid.
Hispanic voters in Florida tend to be somewhat more Republican-leaning than Hispanic voters nationwide because of the state's Cuban American population.
Nationally, little public polling is available to measure the opinions of Latino voters this year and whether they differ from four years ago.
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