Andrew Gillum, Florida's Upset Democratic Candidate, In An Early Tangle With Trump

Faith Castro
August 30, 2018

Bernie Saunders. Gillum was a 23-year-old Florida A&M student when he became the youngest person elected to the Tallahassee City Commission in 2003.

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"It's very clear that Mr DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump", he said.

No one has been charged and Gillum has said the FBI told him he's not the focus of the investigation.

DeSantis told supporters that he is not always the most popular person in Washington, fighting for term limits and to end a "slush fund" of taxpayer funds used by representatives to settle sexual harassment lawsuits.

There is no doubt about where the candidates stand, on Trump and a range of other issues.

Gillum is a devout progressive.

An educator and veteran, Garcia has called for tuition-free college and reform of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. He favors the "Medicare for all" plan advanced by Sen. Republicans also came to DeSantis' defence, contending that the media and Democrats were mischaracterizing what DeSantis said. He has been a strong opponent of the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign or Trump himself.

Gillum, the charismatic former Tallahassee mayor, overthrew a crowded Democratic ticket with a progressive platform and the backing of Sen.

Gillum released a video calling for Trump's impeachment.

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DeSantis prevailed in the GOP primary with the help of an endorsement from President Trump.

Asked whether he thinks Democrats should try to impeach the president if they retake the House, Gillum responded, "I absolutely do".

Levine, thought to have been the second most-popular candidate of the three for several weeks, finished a distant third with about 20 percent of the vote and lost his home county of Miami-Dade to Gillum by almost 10,000 votes.

"He can uniquely motivate the base to get that enthusiasm up", McSally said.

A CNN survey in June found that 67 percent of Democrats had a favorable opinion of McCain, while just 33 percent of Republicans did. "It's because it's how white folks talk about black men who are successful".

The DeSantis-Gillum matchup will be closely watched for clues about the mood of voters and messaging ahead of 2020, when Trump could be seeking re-election against a liberal Democrat.

President Obama won in Florida twice.

The new approach - being taken by Gillum and also Abrams in Georgia and some Democrats in other states - eschews moderation and emphasizes advocacy of strongly progressive positions. Midterm elections often are defined by backlash against the president.

DeSantis' comment sparked an immediate outcry and an apology from the Fox News host.

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