The recent hurricane, and Tallahassee's response to it, has helped put to rest attacks from Republicans about Gillum's leadership during Hurricane Hermine two years ago.
DeSantis denounced racism - he failed to say why he would not return the donor's money - and pivoted to suggest Gillum was weak on Israel.
Among the 51% of likely voters who disapprove of the president, 92% back Gillum, while 87% back DeSantis among the 43% who approve of Trump. Gillum advocates expanding Medicaid, though it's unlikely that the Florida Legislature would support that.
But Gillum, who has harshly criticized Trump and has in fact called for the president to be impeached, disagreed.
The DeSantis campaign also did not include a list of itemized deductions. "The last thing we need to do is monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state", DeSantis said on August 29, during an interview on Fox News, the day after the primary elections in Florida, in reference to a question about Gillum's primary victory. "He has only continued in the course of his campaign to draw all the attention he can to the color of my skin". "Obviously, I think Andrew's done more of this stuff in his life, but both of them are fairly new quantities on the statewide scale and stage". 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 USA embassy in Israel, it appears that in retrospect, he should have spent more time preparing for his big moment. "They become bullies. And Mr. DeSantis is his acolyte". He's trying out to be the Trump apprentice at every turn. The president held a rally for DeSantis over the summer in his Republican primary fight with Adam Putnam, and endorsed him in Tweet even before he formally announced his bid. "He's showing up. He's complimenting him". Trump claimed victory for the GOP candidate not long after the showdown ended.
DeSantis also hammered Gillum about an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into public corruption in Tallahassee.
"This is not Russia", Gillum said.
"Did you pay for the Hamilton tickets?", DeSantis asked.
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In addition, Gillum was and has been polling ahead of DeSantis.
Election day is drawing closer and closer as candidates are ramping up their campaigning across the country. "And the truth is, you know what?"
In the meantime, a prominent liberal group is taking aim at DeSantis, running a new Spanish-language ad in Central Florida, hitting the Republican.
Civil rights leaders and others demanded that DeSantis apologize because of the "monkey this up" comment, but the former congressman denied that his remarks were racist.
Gillum acknowledged some Florida voters might oppose him because of his race, but insisted "that voter is not the majority of the people in our state". Instead, he accused Gillum of wanting to create a state income tax, even though that is not now allowed under the state constitution.
"Although Gillum does say that there are too many white men in government", Ms. Zimmerman added.
DeSantis hasn't published a detailed health care plan of his own.
Gillum hosted the "get-out-and-vote" rally to encourage college students to use the early voting site at the Yuengling Center, which opened Monday at Gate A from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. until November 4.