Gillum Looks Strong In His Debate With DeSantis In Tampa Last Night

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Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis shake hands before their debate Sunday, October 21, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum decidedly out-dueled his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis, showing that the Tallahassee mayor had a major advantage on multiple fronts weeks ahead of Election Day next month.

"The congressman was against the piece of legislation because he's wholly owned by the NRA", Gillum said.

After the face-off ended, Trump tweeted to declare for DeSantis "a great debate victory tonight against Andrew Gillum".

Moments earlier, Gillum had accused DeSantis of "moderating a racist Facebook page", and expressed disbelief after DeSantis pointed out that anyone can invite other users to become admins on their pages.

Views of Donald Trump are about as polarizing as partisanship in this race, which Trump has tweeted about multiple times.

When the questions moved on to climate change, DeSantis argued he'd been mislabeled as a climate change denier and said he just doesn't want to be an "alarmist".

Early on in the course of a rollicking hour, the candidates also broke into a heated exchange over suggestions from the DeSantis camp that an ongoing FBI investigation into public corruption in Tallahassee has implicated Gillum in wrongdoing.

The President went on to say that Gillum will "destroy Florida - next Venezuela!"

If you are confused by that non-sequitur, then you have something in common with Mayor Gillum, who asked Tapper to repeat the question. DeSantis seemed a guy who had talking points and was effective in driving them home, but could only rarely put together a coherent argument beyond trashing his opponent.

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"Donald Trump is weak", Gillum said.

"What Florida voters need to know is that when they elect me governor they're going to have a governor who believes in science, which we haven't had for quite some time in this state", Gillum said.

"I'm a little nervous to see where it goes but I am excited because there's potential for a lot of change as long as we get out there and make a difference", Wells said.

"We all have friends that sometimes let us down", Gillum said of Corey, while also pushing back at DeSantis with a suggestion this, too, was a racial dog whistle: "I'm a hard working person", he added. "I'm black. I've been black I'll my life and as far as I know, I'll die black".

Representative DeSantis has benefited from Trump's occasional backing on social media, including after the debate. The truth is, you know what, I'm black.

During Sunday night's debate, the two candidates also sparred over their environmental credentials, with Gillum calling DeSantis "an election-year environmentalist" and DeSantis saying he has battle scars that prove he is willing to stand up to his party on the issue. "I will tell you that Virginia is a very conservative state and we had a black governor. for heaven's sake".

Paced by the Governor Scott campaign's $50 million, the Republican side has invested almost $79 million in television spending since April compared to Democrats' $49 million behind Nelson.

"Gillum is supported by Communist Donors, Militant Socialists, Muslim Brotherhood & PLO terrorists trying incite a revolution in America & destroy Trump".

Back at The Villages, the attack ads against Gillum appeared to be resonating with retirees gathered for a DeSantis appearance on October 20 that drew about 400.

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