Gillum and DeSantis trade increasingly personal blows during second Florida gubernatorial debate

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum delivered a powerful debate performance Wednesday night against his Republican rival for Florida governor Ron DeSantis.

"Forty-four percent of people in the state of Florida say they can't make ends meet at the end of the month". Gillum's opponent, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), has repeatedly accused Gillum of being under FBI investigation, an accusation that Gillum has firmly denied. Gillum asked his opponent. Those questions were fanned Tuesday by the release of hundreds of pages of emails and photos documenting some of Gillum's trips with Corey and meetings with other lobbyists.

Gillum, who's making a bid to become the state's first African-American governor, shredded the GOP candidate with his sharp wit and piercing comments.

Gillum was quick to point out DeSantis' apparent tactics.

Virtually every expert who spoke to Newsmax agreed that Gillun was damaged by recent revelations Gillun had misstated that he reimbursed a lobbyist for a ticket to the Broadway show "Hamilton".

DeSantis, a former U.S. House member, has faced questions in both debates about his votes in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also called "Obamacare"), which required insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. Today, Gillum stuck to his story claiming the ticket came from his brother.

President Donald Trump's approval rating in Florida is 53 percent, according to the survey, which helps Republican candidates in the Sunshine State on Election Day.

"It is not to advance a political agenda or pick topics that are personal to me and use the office to sue anybody I can come up with even if I don't have a legal basis to do it", Moody said. The documents were subpoenaed by the commission as part of its investigation into trips Gillum and Corey took to NY and Costa Rica.

In a message from August 8, 2016 - only made public this week - Corey texts Gillum saying, "Mike Miller and the crew have tickets for us for Hamilton tonight at 8pm", then asks if Gillum can join them and notes: "I think your brother has already arrived by the way".

In fact, the text messages show, Gillum was aware that it was a contractor who provided the tickets.

One of the owners of the restaurant was Corey, who once served as Gillum's campaign treasurer and has known him since college. I did get my ticket for Hamilton from my brother. Gillum vacationed at a luxury resort in Costa Rica in May 2016 with Corey, as well as another investor in the Edison.

As for his own dealings, Gillum said he understood that his brother gave Corey and Miller tickets to see Jay-Z and Beyonce, which he believed "solved whatever the issue was with regard to the expenses associated with it". "I'm certainly not gonna take anything from Andrew Gillum".

"Did you pay for the Hamilton tickets?" One, Jacob Engels, a contributor to the far-right conspiracy website Infowars, shouted that Gillum is "a radical Jew hater who supports mob violence", drawing a loud chorus of boos from the crowd.

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