MIAMI – Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum will take the scene in Tampa on Sunday night for the first debate in Florida’s Governor’s Race, a 60-minute exchange that will live at 8:00 AM on CNN.
The debate comes at a crucial moment in the campaign: 16 days from the election on November 6 and the night before early polling stations are opened in some of the state’s largest counties. Most polls indicate that the race is effectively linked, which is typically in Florida, the nation’s largest presidential state.
Mr. Gillum, a Democrat and DeSantis, a Republican, had to meet last Tuesday in a debate crashed because of hurricane Michael. The Category 4 storm paralyzed the Florida Panhandle campaign and held Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, away from the track for 1
0 days that his city prepared for and recovered from its brush with the tropical cyclone. A second debate is scheduled for Wednesday.
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Hurricane policy is expected to occur but does not dominate during Sunday’s debate. The rivals shouted under the storm as to whether it was appropriate for DeSantis, a former congressman who resigned after winning the prize in August, to keep television commercials attacking Gillum over his management of an earlier storm, Hurricane Hermine, who put out power to thousands of residents in Tallahassee in 2016. Even more of them were left in the dark after Michael, but the city seemed to restore electricity faster this time – a timeline Mr. Gillum will almost certainly mark if asked about the storm.
The contest between DeSantis and Mr Gillum, both of whom won their primacy as unapologetic partisans, is seen as a proxy for the ideological battle brought within their parties nationwide, with Republicans trying to figure out how closely adapt to President Trump and Democrats arresting how successful they can be with a more progressive message. Mr. DeSantis, one of the president’s most loyal devotees, was called by Mr Trump on Twitter on Saturday; Mr Gillum, who campaigned under the prime with Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders 2016, plans to hold two rally on Monday with former vice president Joe Biden.
Both Mr. Gillum, 39, who radiates karisma and lives uplifting speech and DeSantis, 40, a former naval prosecutor who frequently appears on Fox News, proved to be safe and effective debate in the primary. Mr. Gillum shared his life story as the fifth of seven children in a loving family of working class. Mr DeSantis stressed his sterile summary: Yale, Harvard, Iraq.
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Aides to Mr. DeSantis and Mr Gillum consider Sunday’s debate an opportunity for the candidates to show off their hard edges in front of a national audience.
In a preview of his likely debates against Gillum, DeSantis told campaign events that weekend that his opponent was bad for the economy, soft against crime and keen on higher taxes. Mr. DeSantis also throws Mr. Gillum as unreliable and notes a continuation of F.B.I. investigation of possible corruption at Tallahassee City Hall. Mr Gillum has said that agents told him last year that he is not an investigation goal.
“Andrew Gillum’s record as Mayor of Tallahassee is a disaster,” said DeSantis on Saturday in Orlando. (In one of his tweets not long after, Mr. Trump tortured the state city as “one of the worst and most corrupt cities in the United States!” “Donald Trump is on it again,” replied Mr. Gillum in a Twitter video .)
Mr.. Gillum, who has portrayed Mr. DeSantis as a mini-trump without an overall political vision for the state, told the supporters after returning to the campaign that he was ready for a barrage of debate attacks. The governor’s race has become intricate in a cruel racial policy as of the day after the primary when the Democrats accused DeSantis of using a racist flute when he said Gillum’s agenda would “pinch it up” for Florida. Mr. DeSanti’s campaign fought to regain his foot for some time afterwards.
“He will call me a socialist. He will call me corrupt. He will throw his discovered versions of racial epithelium. He will call me anti-Israel,” said Gillum on Friday, offering debate views to supporters in St. Petersburg. “I will do all I can to keep this conversation on a high level. I will do all I can to get a debate that deserves the people of Florida. But if I have to go there, I’ll go there.”