Noting the destructive power of Hurricane Michael, which many scientists believe was made stronger by above-average water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico, CNN moderator Jake Tapper pressed DeSantis over conflicting comments in which the candidate said he isn't a climate change denier but doesn't want to be known as a believer in climate change, either. Who says racist things? The FBI is investigating city contracts with developers in Tallahassee, including one with whom Gillum went on a vacation to Costa Rica.
DeSantis said Gillum would hurt the state's economy by raising the corporate income tax and raising the minimum wage. The truth is, I've been black all of my life.
"The question was whether Donald Trump is a good role model for the children of Florida", Tapper said. His campaign has said the ticket was given to him by his brother Marcus, who attended the show with him, the agent and a lobbyist friend, Adam Corey, who volunteered as finance chair on Gillum's 2014 mayoral campaign. 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. Then the Tallahassee mayor added that DeSantis "is trying out to be the Trump apprentice".
Polls have shown Gillum ahead, though polls from recent weeks show him ahead by just a point or two, which is within the margin of error.
After the face-off ended, Trump tweeted to declare for DeSantis "a great debate victory tonight against Andrew Gillum". The editorial board also celebrated Gillum's support for beefing up funding for public schools.
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"This is not Russia", Gillum said.
At one point asking him, "Did you pay for the Hamilton ticket, or did the undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent?"
Since the opening days of the general election between Gillum and DeSantis, race has been a subtext, with DeSantis receiving criticism for his choice of words during an interview with Fox News.
Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, said DeSantis is a "stooge" for Trump and called for a different tone in Florida than the president has set for the nation.
While Gillum criticized the president, he said he would be happy to work with him to bring money to Florida for needed projects.
Regarding Rick Scott, Biden noted "do you want that know nothing to join the know nothing in the White House?"
The candidates' exchange over health care was less bruising, but pushed DeSantis into a political corner inhabited by many Republicans this midterm season, as he effectively pitted himself against the party's own efforts to dismantle Obamacare. The DeSantis campaign said Sunday that its internal polling has him up by two points.
"When working people get a wage, they go out and they buy groceries, they pay their rent and they pay their mortgage, they maybe save up enough to take a vacation every once in a while", Gillum said.