Ron DeSantis Dodges Trump 'Good Role Model' Debate Question, Gets Laughed At

Ron DeSantis Dodges Trump 'Good Role Model' Debate Question, Gets Laughed At

At a campaign stop on Friday, Gillum, the young progressive mayor of Tallahassee, predicted the Republican former congressman would hit him low and hard - then warned he was prepared to return the favor.

DeSantis said the ad was tongue in cheek before segueing to Trump's decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Hours before a Florida gubernatorial debate on the network, CNN released a poll showing Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum with a 12-point edge over Republican Ron DeSantis. The question was based in part on a DeSantis primary ad featuring one of his children stacking toy blocks as DeSantis exclaimed, "Build the wall!"

DeSantis claimed Gillum would not be able to work with Trump, saying: "You need to be able to work with the president".

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.

Gillum denied taking any gifts.

"When he chose me, this wasn't a political marriage", King said, saying that Gillum wanted him to be his "friend, brother, and to have my back". And he performs as all weak people do: They become bullies. The president held a rally for DeSantis over the summer in his Republican primary fight with Adam Putnam, and endorsed him in Tweet even before he formally announced his bid.

DeSantis said the state's governor's relationship with the president - whether he or she agrees with the office or not-is important for the state. "Andrew can't do that".

Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum each will make their final case to Florida's voters.




"This is not Russian Federation".

Gillum has repeatedly said that Federal Bureau of Investigation told him he was not a focus of the probe, which centers on the relationships between developers and lobbyists in the state capital, including one with longstanding connections to Gillum. "This is a democracy". We can dissent. We can disagree.

Throughout the debate, Gillum appeared calm while DeSantis looked agitated, often shifting his eyes and moving his head from side to side and interrupting his opponent. "His opponent runs one of the worst & most corrupt cities in United States of America!"

Race, the economy, the environment and President Donald Trump were subjects of the first debate in Florida governor's race.

DeSantis brought up his experience as a Navy officer and his time served in Iraq.

"In Trump's America we've been lead to believe that we've got to step on our neighbors' shoulders and their face and their backs to get ahead", Gillum said. "We all wore the same uniform, we all had that American flag patch on our arm and that was end of story", he said. "How the hell am I supposed to know every single statement somebody makes?"

Desantis has also had to defend his participation in racially-charged conferences and his connection with a donor who made racist comments about President Obama. "And he has only continued over the course of his campaign to draw attention to the color of my skin". "I know that may not fit your description of what you think people like me do". "I'm black. I've been black I'll my life and as far as I know, I'll die black".

DeSantis picked up the theme against Gillum in a debate Sunday, calling Tallahassee the most violent city in Florida.

Gillum's proposed increase in the corporate income tax, from 5.5 to 7.5 percent, would apply to a small fraction of Florida businesses, most of which are exempt.

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