Gillum and DeSantis trade increasingly personal blows during second Florida gubernatorial debate

Florida gov hopeful reportedly got Hamilton tickets from undercover FBI agent

Florida gov hopeful reportedly got Hamilton tickets from undercover FBI agent

The race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, who would be the state's first black governor, has been fraught with racism.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis has a history of spreading racist and Islamophobic conspiracy theories, using hate crime-adjacent language to describe Gillum, and speaking at white supremacist conferences.

After the appearance outside the Florida State University College of Law, Gillum was slated to make additional stops Friday at the University of Florida in Gainesville and Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach.

"A Gov. Gillum would be a significant obstacle for a Trump presidential campaign in Florida, and a Gov. DeSantis would be a significant asset", he said. "He has spoken at racist conferences", Gillum said. "Where is the evidence of where you went and how our money was spent to be a junket for you to go to NY and hang out in "Faux News and Friends"?" he asked. Instead of turning down the donation, DeSantis used it to fund negative ads, according to the mayor. DeSantis did take money from someone who called President Barack Obama a racist slur (although he condemned the comments and said he will no longer take money from the contributor).

"All this stuff that they say, I've got to let them know, anti-police? No".

Gillum has asserted that he paid for all expenses related to both trips, as Fox News previously reported.

"These messages only confirm what we have said all along", Gillum claimed.

"It was my first glimpse of what it meant for a family to have to worry about what it meant to be safe and secure and have to worry about your own protection out of fear that maybe one of those missiles might land on your family", he said.

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"We're confident in the character debate", he said.

Gillum, who has been the target of a racist robo-call campaign, was at pains to paint his opponent as a political extremist who panders to xenophobes for support. He told former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine that Levine would have beat Gillum in the Democratic primary if the revelations about the "Hamilton" tickets had come out earlier. When asked these and other controversial moments, DeSantis pushed back on the racist insinuations while declaring "I am not going to bow down to the altar of political correctness".

When the subject of guns and February's Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, which killed 17 and wounded 17 others, Gillum repeated his plan to ban assault weapons.

"That last thing we need to do is monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state", DeSantis said in late August. "He wants you to believe that he is not under investigation".

The candidates had wide divergence on health care.

"If we do that, we will pull down $6 billion from the federal government that will go into this state's health care system, so we can hire more doctors, more nurses, more nurse practitioners", Gillum said.

'Some people were paying more for premiums than for rent, so people couldn't afford it. He's saying that some threatening situations might have been defused before they turned threatening if people had less reason to fear being confronted by police, not that it's never right for a cop to defend himself.

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