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Andrew Gillum, Florida's Upset Democratic Candidate, In An Early Tangle With Trump

Andrew Gillum, Florida's Upset Democratic Candidate, In An Early Tangle With Trump

"There is not a profit margin in the state of Florida that ought to be able to rob us of those elements: clean water, clean air, good oceans", Gillum said.

Later in the hour, the Fox News anchor read the DeSantis camp statement and felt the need to address his remarks, saying "We do not condone this language and wanted to make our viewers aware that he has since clarified his statement".

Gillum emerged as a surprise victor in a crowded Democratic field for Governor in Florida, edging out ex-Rep.

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"The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda", DeSantis said. That's not going to work. "I'm going to be here to do the business of the people of the state of Florida".

Gillum is only 39, and up until Tuesday night was running fourth among potential Democratic contenders in most polls. "That was absolutely a racist, disgusting statement". I think that's how we're going to win in November. Graham was expected to win handily, and then expected to win the gubernatorial race over Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd", Lawson said. He endorsed Gillum and delivered a shot of positive publicity by holding two rallies for him 11 days before the primary.

DeSantis built his successful primary campaign by appearing on Fox News dozens of times, eventually drawing the crucial support of President Donald Trump.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, DeSantis said, is "the most liberal candidate that the Democratic Party has ever nominated in the state of Florida by a country mile in a governor's race".

Florida's U.S. Senate race has drawn national attention as Democrats attempt to take back the Senate.

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The result of its governor's race in this year's midterm elections will be a temperature test for voters' attitudes ahead of the 2020 presidential vote. Gillum, who could become Florida's first African-American governor, won't say whether he identifies as a democratic socialist, but there's no denying that he's very progressive.

In the meantime, the Republican Governors Association has already begun sending out misleading attack ads labeling Gillum "too radical for Florida".

"That is not what Floridians want, " DeSantis declared.

Trump returned the love, officially endorsing DeSantis in a June tweet and campaigning by his side in Tampa.

Gillum added about the presidential slam: "It doesn't surprise me that the president is again creating fairy tales on his Twitter feed".

Tallahassee has had one of the Florida's highest crime rates in recent years though it has been going down. He ran for the Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen.

In December, Trump tweeted praise of DeSantis, a Harvard law graduate and Navy JAG officer who served in Iraq. Gillum replied, "No, I'm a Democrat". Trailing him by three percentage points was one-time Congresswoman Gwen Graham, followed by former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine with 20.3-percent and billionaire Jeff Greene with 10.1-percent. Orlando-area businessman Chris King also ran, and finished last. And city hall itself has been under investigation by the FBI for corruption, although Gillum has said he is not a target of the investigation.

In 2014, Gillum was elected mayor of Tallahassee with 76 percent of the vote.

- Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) August 29, 2018 no, no, no ... i'm sure he just, uh ... i mean, who doesn't say "monkey this up" when they're ... he was trying to be respectful and not say "fkkk this up" that's why he paused and "mess this up" doesn't quite pack the same, uh, punch as, uh ... hmmm ...


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