He's involved in corruption.
"What Florida voters need to know is that when they elect me governor, they are going to have a governor who believes in science", he said, "which we haven't had for quite some time in this state".
Moreover, "you'll never see his budget cut over a billion dollars in education".
Gillum's well-known anti-police views prompted Jeff Bell, president of the Broward County Sheriff's Office Deputies Association, to go on Fox News prior to the debate to lambaste Gillum.
Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, said DeSantis is a "stooge" for Trump and called for a different tone in Florida than the president has set for the nation.
DeSantis cast Gillum as soft on crime, bad for the economy and keen on higher taxes. Gillum has also consolidated Democratic support (97% favor him) in a way that DeSantis has not matched on the Republican side (88% back him).
Tapper, a frequent Trump critic, responded to the president's evaluation by writing: "Thanks for watching CNN, Mr. President!"
DeSantis, who has been trailing in polls, made some of the same allegations in a pugnacious opening statement, calling Gillum a "failed mayor" who is pushing policies too liberal for Florida, including a "Medicare for all" health-care plan. "Today, they are being shredded", Biden said during the first of a two-day, three-city swing through Florida.
Steyer is personally donating $2 million to Andrew Gillum's "Forward Florida" political action committee, which is aligned with the Gillum campaign. As evidenced by this exchange, in which DeSantis responds to a question about whether Donald Trump is "a good role model for the children of Florida" by speaking at length about the US embassy in Israel, it appears that in retrospect, he should have spent more time preparing for his big moment. After Gillum supported the proposal, U.S. Sen.
Gillum is getting it done.
In the night's sharpest exchange, DeSantis, a former congressman, was asked why he agreed to speak at multiple conferences organized by anti-Muslim provocateur David Horowitz, a man who has called former President Barack Obama "an evil man" and a "pretend Christian". He was direct, thoughtful and strong. "I think I will be better positioned to advance Florida's priorities because I have a productive relationship with the administration".
"When working people get a wage, they go out and they buy groceries, they pay their rent and they pay their mortgage, they maybe save up enough to take a vacation every once in a while", Gillum said.
Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott is famously a climate change denier, something he has been particularly criticized for because of the fact that the state is believed to be one of the first USA states that will bear the long-term consequences of global warming.
Andrew Gillum was in St. Petersburg Friday for his first campaign event for governor since Hurricane Michael devastated parts of the Panhandle. "And that's Donald Trump, neglecting all sense of reason and facts", Gillum retorted, insisting that Tallahassee is experiencing a five-year low in crime.