DeSantis also described Gillum, who won the Democratic nomination for governor in an upset, as an "articulate spokesmen for those far left views," but said after watching Democratic primary debates, "none of that was my cup of tea". Reps. Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema will face off after winning the GOP and Democratic primaries respectively Tuesday night.
"That's the job of the governor of this state". "Because I remember in high school, that was the number one reason why some of the people I went to school with ended up falling out, and didn't do good in school, didn't do good in sports".
"That is not what Floridians want", DeSantis declared. "I don't think there's any other way to interpret it". His entire campaign so far has been about genuflecting to Trump and bashing immigrants. He endorsed Gillum and delivered a shot of positive publicity by holding two rallies for him 11 days before the primary.
DeSantis' television ads were Trump-focused, including one where his toddler stacks bricks while DeSantis exclaims, "Build the wall!"
DeSantis first won a northeastern Florida seat in Congress in 2012.
McSally will now have to work to unite Republicans as well as appeal to independent voters in the state Trump carried by 4 points in 2016.
Gillum relied on a grass roots campaign and the support of the left wing of the party.
"I'll say this to Phil Levine and Gwen Graham. decriminalizing is a copout because decriminalizing is not legalizing", said Morgan, adding that the public doesn't care about marijuana laws. "Everyone kept trying to vote for someone middle of the ground, someone who they thought would win". But I don't think middle of the ground wins any more.
His city of Tallahassee also happens to be under FBI investigation. But he had prominent elected officials - including Congressman Alcee Hastings, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam and state Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, strongly advocating on his behalf. Seven candidates fought for for the Democratic gubernatorial ticket, with Gillum surpassing many expectations.
The differences between the candidates are pronounced. He has promised to suspend the death penalty in Florida; in July he called for the abolition of Ice, the customs and immigration enforcement agency; and he has been an outspoken critic of the gun lobby, priding himself on his F-rating from the National Rifle Association.
Later in the hour, the Fox News anchor read the DeSantis camp statement and felt the need to address his remarks, saying "We do not condone this language and wanted to make our viewers aware that he has since clarified his statement".
No, really. He actually said it. And in DeSantis, a stark example of a Republican slobbering over Trump, they have a guy perfectly cast to be the villain in their narrative.