Andrew Gillum outshines Ron DeSantis in FL governor debate

President Trump calls Tallahassee one of USA's

Bill Nelson, worked together as they dealt with the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Michael, which caused massive damage this month in the Panhandle and the Big Bend region.

Gillum implied that DeSantis had aligned himself with racists through social media and speeches he has made.

Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared confused on Monday as to what Florida city he was in during a campaign rally for Sen. In the interview, he noted he's been in touch with former President Barack Obama, who may campaign on his behalf.

"Donald Trump is weak", Gillum said.

Gillum said he was incredulous that DeSantis was against solar energy, especially considering how Florida is known as the "Sunshine State". "Everybody I know wants to earn enough where they can take care of themselves and their families and maybe take a vacation one weekend out of the year". The truth is, I've been black all of my life. "So I don't know that climate on its own is a winnable issue - but candidates who are able to draw the connection between climate and these other issues can make climate a winning issue". "If we disagree tomorrow, maybe two weeks later we'll find some common ground", he said. The secretary of state extended early voting hours, but both sides expect a drop in turnout across the heavily-Republican region as residents struggle without electricity and lodging in many cases. "As mayor, I've stood up for our Puerto Rican brother and sisters and as governor, I will work to build a Florida that works for everyone - and I will ensure Puerto Ricans are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve", Gillum said.

Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum released his 2015 and 2016 returns on Friday. NAACP President Derrick Johnson said his organization is "microfocused" on boosting black turnout this fall.

The contest between Gillum and DeSantis has been consistently contentious and at times downright ugly. Standing at her front door, she didn't hesitate when a conservative volunteer asked whether she was going to vote.

"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".

"I have never met anyone with more character, courage and decency than Bill Nelson", Biden, wearing a plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up and navy pants, said to cheers. Facing one another again in a debate, Gillum shut down his Republican opponent in epic fashion, saying at one point that even "racists believe he's a racist" in Wednesday's (Oct. 24) gubernatorial debate.

"It dumps all those people against their will, regardless of if they want to stay in their current plans, it dumps on a single-payer government system,"' DeSantis said.

He also dismissed Parkland students' calls for stronger efforts to reduce gun violence when asked about his opposition to modest gun control measures passed by Florida's Republican-led legislature in the wake of the Parkland shooting. DeSantis said when McDermott noted that Horowitz had indeed made the comments at the conference.

Meanwhile, a flood of money is shaping the Florida elections.

The race to be Florida's next governor became that much clearer after the first debate between candidates Sunday night.

Views of Donald Trump are about as polarizing as partisanship in this race, which Trump has tweeted about multiple times.

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