Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Conservative DeSantis, Progressive Gillum Showcase Their Differences on National TV

Conservative DeSantis, Progressive Gillum Showcase Their Differences on National TV

The race to be Florida's next governor became that much clearer after the first debate between candidates Sunday night.

While Trump refused to release his returns ahead of his 2016 election, DeSantis posted them on his campaign website Sunday right before his nationally televised debate with Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum.

That dynamic was in full display in the segment excerpted above.

During Sunday night's debate on CNN, moderator Jake Tapper asked both candidates about their ties to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. DeSantis asked Gillum several times: "Did you pay for the "Hamilton" tickets?"

"The question was whether or not he thinks President Trump is a good role model for the children of Florida".

Watch the clip above courtesy of CNN. "So far as I know, I will die black".

Gillum said doing what's best for the state shouldn't be about politics, noting that he had worked closely with the Republican governor, Rick Scott, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which left most of Tallahassee without power.

Tapper questioned DeSantis about his opposition to a sweeping state law, passed after the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County.

But before Gillum can make history, he has to defeat Rep. DeSantis.

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"We've got to keep our economy going, people are getting opportunities", DeSantis said.

Andrew Gillum is the Democratic candidate for governor in Florida and has been the mayor of Tallahassee since 2014. After outlasting Adam Putnam, the state's agriculture commissioner, DeSantis went on Fox News to warn Floridians not to "monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda" and voting for Gillum, who stands to be the state's first African American governor.

He blindly lent his loyalty to the president and even said Donald Trump was a role model for kids.

"He [Gillum] even signed a pledge to cut police funding and support a group that says, 'police and prisons have no place in justice, ' that 'police were never meant to serve us.' It's unsafe", Kazanjian says. Andrew Gillum, on the other hand, is just another career politician who took illegal gifts from lobbyists and has his taxpayer funded salary increased by 100 percent while in office.

Calling Gillum incompetent, he again praised DeSantis, saying he will build on Scott's success.

DeSantis was also forced to confront concerns that he has tried to use Gillum's race against him. A trip to Costa Rica in which Gillum's campaign said he paid cash for his portion of a rental house shared with Corey and others, has made the mayor a subject of scrutiny, but Gillum insists he is not the target of the FBI investigation. "I know that may not fit your description of what you think people like me do".

But Gillum pushed back, saying DeSantis "let us know exactly where he was going to take this race the day after the election" with the "monkey up" comment. However, DeSantis has not unveiled a health care plan, and his issues page does not include health care. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was an early supporter of Gillum, who has received significant financial backing from liberal megadonors Tom Steyer and George Soros.

Though those efforts, both in Congress and the courts, succeeded in changing the law and ending coverage regulations for people who have pre-existing conditions, DeSantis said, he would push through statewide legislation to counteract them.

Blaise Ingoglia, Republican Party of Florida chair, also issued a statement: "Tonight we saw a stark contrast between a selfless veteran who is ready to lead and a self-serving career politician who eluded as many questions on the debate stage as he has been eluding questions from the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

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