JORGE RAMOS: Let me ask you about one of the accusations made by the Democrats not only against you, but against Republicans in Florida. They say that you are telling lies- disinforming by accusing them of being socialists when you and I know perfectly well, we have been to Nicaragua, we have been to Venezuela, I have been to Cuba, that this is socialism- not the type of socialism which can be seen here in the United States. They accuse you of lying.
US REP. MARIA ELVIRA SALAZAR (R-FL): No- that's the famous disinformation. Look, I think that people are not that stupid. I think that people have many different sources of information (from which) to determine whether what I or other Republicans are telling them is true or false. And my opponent said that I was the biggest socialist in the world and the population, my constituents, my voters did not believe her. So people have common sense. Now, what we do know is that within the Democratic Party there is a radical wing, not everyone, no- there are many noble people within the Democratic Party. But there is a radical wing that calls itself a democratic soalist. For me, everything that has to do with the word socialist...
RAMOS: Yes, but it's not Cuba, it's not Venezuela, it's not Nicaragua.
SALAZAR…is very troubling.
RAMOS: It's not Cuba, it's not Venezuela, it's not Nicaragua.
SALAZAR: But everything that has to do with socialism means that they take power away from the individual to give more power to the government. They take power away from small business in order to make government then send you a check. I don't like that word. I am talking about a market economy, giving help to the person who can give it to a person in need. But with regard to socialism, at least in MY district, that was rejected. And that disinformation thing- I heard that many times. But I say again to you, the American People are not dumb.