Fact-checking the Florida candidates for governor and US Senate

30 August, 2018, 17:05 | Author: Joshua Bennett
  • PHOENIX AZ- MAY 22 Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to the media in front of the Arizona State Capitol before filing petitions to run for the U.S. Senate

Democratic nominee for Florida governor Andrew Gillum isn't anxious about the possible influence President Donald Trump will have on his race against Republican Ron DeSantis in the general election this November. DeSantis came from behind in the GOP primary with the help of Trump to beat Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who campaigned longer, raised more money and built party establishment support.

"The last thing, the last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state", DeSantis said. If elected, Gillum would be Florida's first black governor.

Outspent by rivals by at least ten to one, Democrat Andrew Gillum scored a stunning victory in Tuesday's primary for governor.

Words like "monkey" or "ape" have been used to demean African-Americans and calling a black man "articulate" can be seen as racist.

However, the Republican's spokesman, Stephen Lawson, defended the remark, saying Mr DeSantis was referring to his opponent's political positions and not his race. "To characterize it as anything else is absurd".

"We do not condone this language and wanted to make our viewers aware that he has since clarified his statement", announced Fox News anchor Sandra Smith on-air following DeSantis' appearance.


U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks to supporters after her primary election victory, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. The race 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.

While both parties saw record turnout, with more than 1.4 million Democrats voting and nearly 1.6 million Republicans, nearly 27 percent of registered voters in Florida are independent.

Dee Centinaro remembers Congressman Ron DeSantis as a very bright, well-behaved and trustworthy first-grader in her class at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Dunedin 33 years ago.

The former Air Force fighter pilot will now face off against Democrat Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema in the midterms, who won her primary race in a landslide after clinching 80-percent of the vote. Republicans plan to use an FBI investigation of Tallahassee's municipal government against Gillum, though he's not directly been named a subject. DeSantis contends that this anti-business attitude would undo the economic gains Florida made under Republican Gov. Rick Scott's leadership. "That's not going to be good for Florida".

Graham is a progressive who was endorsed by democratic socialist Bernie Sanders and backed by none other than billionaire George Soros, who is known for supporting far-left organizations, interfering in elections, and stirring up conflict across the globe. "I think the last endorsement I made was in the Alabama race", the Arizona Republican tweeted with a picture of the $100 check he gave to Democratic Sen.

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