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'Ron DeSantis is extraordinary!': Trump on Florida GOP candidate

30 Août 2018

If elected, Gillum would be Florida's first black governor.

But I do believe that the voters of the state of Florida are going to reject the politics of division.

Andrew Gillum will face off against Republican Congressmember Ron DeSantis, who won the Republican primary Tuesday after receiving the backing of Donald Trump.

In December, Trump tweeted praise of DeSantis, a Harvard law graduate and Navy JAG officer who served in Iraq. Gillum has said he's not a target.

"This race is about every single one of us", Gillum said in his victory speech Tuesday night. "But I think he's got another think coming to him".

DeSantis is a disciple of the Trump "Make America Great Again" agenda and regularly defends the president against criticism.

Fox News host Sandra Smith, who interviewed DeSantis, later said on air that the network does "not condone this language". He relied on a grassroots campaign and the support of the furthest left in the party to beat four other candidates, including former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, the daughter of popular former governor and U.S. Sen.

Fox News has since addressed the incident.

DeSantis, 39, is the latest in a string of Republican candidates elevated this year by the president's engagement in intraparty fights. An indictment? No way, says Gillum, claiming he has nothing to hide.

It begins running Wednesday on social media in Tampa, Orlando, and Miami and American Bridge said it is targeted to swing voters.

In an interview with Politico, Gillum said Florida would be "looking for a governor that was going to bring us together, not divide us".

Stipanovich, who in 1994 ran Bush's first but unsuccessful run for governor, said GOP statewide candidates have been able to disqualify Democrats in recent decades by tarring them as "liberal" ― but that Gillum's win could mean those days are over.

Trump quickly attacked Gillum Wednesday morning on Twitter, calling him "a failed Socialist mayor" and the "biggest dream" opponent for DeSantis.

Florida Republican nominee DeSantis thanked President Donald Trump for his landslide win.

"I'm not going to get down in the gutter with DeSantis and Trump". "The new Florida is rising in front of us, and we're going to be behind him 100 percent", he said. Trump wrote on Wednesday.

"Ron is strong on Borders, tough on Crime & big on Cutting Taxes - Loves our Military & our Vets". Loves our Military and our Vets. Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

McSally's Democratic opponent is fellow U.S. Rep. Krysten Sinema.

Both parties have become more ideologically aggressive and anti-establishment, but the bigger surprise is that Democrats nominated Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee and a boldly liberal African American candidate. He also ran for Senate in 2016 but dropped out when Republican Sen.

The district covers the southeastern corner of Arizona from most of Tucson down to the U.S-Mexico border. Republican businesswoman Lea Marquez Peterson also won her party's nomination for the competitive district. Sometimes Democrats have, too.

Going full Trump in the governor's race is viewed as a risky move.

Gillum didn't make race an issue in the primary. If the 39-year-old Tallahassee mayor wins the November 6 election, he would become the most populous USA swing state's first black governor.

'Ron DeSantis is extraordinary!': Trump on Florida GOP candidate