Florida Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off in Final Debate
Florida Gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron Desantis traded blows in their final debate Wednesday night at Broward College. Gillum faced questions over accepting Hamilton tickets from an undercover FBI agent. He said he thought he was accepting tickets from his brother but acknowledged he should have asked more questions. In an effort to focus on issues impacting Florida, Gillum said, “We got 99 issues, and Hamilton ain’t one of them.” He then turned to DeSantis’ affiliation with white supremacists, punctuated by racist remarks the Republican made on Fox News. “Now, I am not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist,” Gillum said. “I’m simply saying the racists believe he is a racist.” DeSantis responded by accusing Gillum of “always playing the victim.” The pair clashed on gun control, Gillum’s plan to raise the state’s corporate income tax, and if DeSantis and Republicans could be trusted to protect Floridians with pre-existing health conditions. The debate, hosted by the Florida Press Association and Leadership Florida, was the last chance to move Florida’s 13 million registered voters. More than 1.4 million voters have already cast early ballots in the battleground state. DeSantis is traveling to Jacksonville today to rally with VP Mike Pence. Gillum is heading to South Florida with civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis (D-GA). Watch the final debate here.