The Bernie Sanders-backed candidate for Governor of Florida tried to ease voters’ concerns over massive tax hikes during the Labor Day holiday weekend, saying “corporations” and not individuals will pay for his ‘Medicare for All’ proposal
Andrew Gillum was speaking with CNN when he was asked to explain how Florida would finance a universal healthcare system throughout the state; claiming the measure would only raise the tax burden on local businesses, not people.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 2, 2018
“I will absolutely not raise taxes on everyday working Floridians,” said Gillum, adding he plans to raise the corporate tax rate to help fund the massive government program.
President Trump slammed Gillum on social media over the weekend, blasting the candidate as a “failed socialist mayor” who allowed “crime and many other problems to flourish in his city.”
Not only did Congressman Ron DeSantis easily win the Republican Primary, but his opponent in November is his biggest dream….a failed Socialist Mayor named Andrew Gillum who has allowed crime & many other problems to flourish in his city. This is not what Florida wants or needs!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
SOCIALISTS UNITE! Cortez Praises Florida Dem for ‘Legalizing Marijuana’ and ‘ABOLISHING ICE’
Self-described Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed-in on the recent Florida gubernatorial primary Wednesday; praising Bernie Sanders-backed candidate Andrew Gillum for working to “legalize marijuana and abolish ice.”
Cortez posted her comments on social media just hours after Gillum declared victory at his campaign HQ in Tallahassee, saying “Congratulations, @AndrewGillum! The progressive movement is transforming the country – and he proved that again tonight. Gillum ran on Medicare for All, Legalizing Marijuana, #AbolishICE & more. Thank you, Florida voters! On to November.”
The progressive movement is transforming the country – and he proved that again tonight.
Gillum ran on Medicare for All, Legalizing Marijuana, #AbolishICE & more.
Thank you, Florida voters!
On to November 💪🏽💜 https://t.co/8keyzxVmcf
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 29, 2018
Gillum will face-off against Trump-backed candidate Ron DeSantis this November; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown that could have massive implications during the 2020 presidential election.
SUNSHINE SHOWDOWN: Florida Governor's Race Pits Bernie’s Candidate VS Trump’s Pick
Florida’s upcoming governor’s race is shaping up to be a major 2020 indicator, with Bernie Sanders-backed Democrat Andrew Gillum facing-off against President Trump’s favored candidate Ron DeSantis.
“With 94 percent of the votes counted, Gillum had an unofficial 3 percentage point lead over his closest rival, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham. Gillum overwhelmed Graham in Miami-Dade and Broward, the state’s two largest Democratic counties, by more than a 2-to-1 margin, in the highest turnout for a midterm primary election in Florida history,” writes the Miami Herald.
“I am overwhelmed,” said Gillum in Tallahassee Tuesday night. “I want you to know that this thing is not about me. This race is about every single one of us. Those of us inside this room. Those outside of this room. Those who voted for me. Those who didn’t vote at all. And those who didn’t vote for me because they are Republicans. But I want to be their governor, too.”
President Trump praised DeSantis Tuesday evening, saying the GOP candidate would be a “great governor” for the residents of Florida.
Read the full story at the Miami Herald.