If one thing’s for sure, this Sunday’s Florida governor debate lived up to expectations on combativeness. Democratic Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum landed some notable shots against his opponent, former U.S. GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis, saying that his penchant for bending the facts is more suited to Fox News than the CNN forum they were debating in.
At one point in the debate, DeSantis accused Gillum of presiding over a city that’s “out of contol” in regards to crime.
“When you have the record number of murders, in fact, the guy running to succeed him as mayor was his former chief of staff and he’s sending out literature to voters saying most murders in history last year, something needs to change,” De Santis said.
DeSantis said that since Gillum couldn’t keep Tallahassee safe as mayor, “he’s not the guy to keep Florida families safe.”
Gillum fired back, saying DeSantis was emulating President Trump in his attacks.
“Ron is being Don, and that’s Donald Trump, neglecting all sense of reason and facts,” Gillum replied.
“I preside over a city that’s experiencing a five-year low in our crime rate on trajectory to be at a 20-year low in our crime rate.”
“This is CNN, not Fox,” he quipped. “You have to bring facts to the conversation.”
In another portion of the debate, moderator and CNN anchor Jake Tapper questioned the two on their feelings about President Trump. Tapper asked Gillum how he expected to work with Trump he’s been such a vocal critic of him.
“Nobody is above the law,” Gillum replied. “The President himself in his own words admitted to obstructing justice.”
“And what do you do whn somebody obstructs justice?” Gillum continued. “I understand that you should hold them accountable, even the President of the United States.”
Gillum went on say that DeSantis is a Trump “stooge.”
DeSantis fired back, saying that the mayor is “running away from saying he wants to impeach Trump.”
“Andrew wants to lead the anti-Trump Resistance from Tallahassee,” DeSantis said. “He’s gonna have Soros clapping, he’s gonna have Hollywood actors clapping. But the people of Florida will be left behind.”
Firing back, Gillum said DeSantis, if elected, “he will lead the effort to worship at the feet of Donald Trump.”
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