Republican gubernatorial candidates Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam faced off in a nationally televised debate Thursday, and Donald Trump was the star of the show.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Putnam gushed about the president, vowing to support his reelection in 2020 even though Trump has endorsed DeSantis.
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Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement on tonight’s Republican gubernatorial debate:
“After tonight’s debate, I’ve never been more confident that Democrats will retake the Governor’s Mansion in November. This debate was a right-wing circus brought to you by Fox News and inspired by Donald Trump. Before a nationwide audience, Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis made clear that they only have one message: Trump, Trump, Trump.
“Both DeSantis and Putnam failed to substantively discuss issues they will have to address as Governor of Florida — like public education — and instead focused on divisive and demagogic rhetoric. In stark contrast to the Republican gubernatorial campaigns, Florida Democrats are standing up for public education, affordable healthcare, and an economy that works for every one of us — and that’s why we are confident of victory in November.”