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Davie, Florida - 24 October 2018
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron DeSantis, (R) Candidate for Florida Governor:
"I was at the congressional baseball practice when a gunman tried to shoot my teammates did shoot Steve Scalise because he didn't like Republicans. And so I know firsthand that when we start going down that road that can be very very deadly. So I condemn that. I condemn what happened today."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Andrew Gillum, (D) Candidate for Florida Governor:
"Thankfully nobody was hurt in today's incidences. But we've really seen a collapsing of our political discourse. My opponent, as soon as he won the Republican nomination for governor, went on Fox News and said to voters here in the state of Florida not to monkeyed this state up by electing me."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Andrew Gillum, (D) Candidate for Florida Governor:
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"I did go and see Hamilton."/"I arrived at that theater and received my ticket from my brother. The problem that I have is that I should have asked more questions."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron DeSantis, (R) Candidate for Florida Governor:
"He wants you to believe that he's not under investigation. Why would an undercover FBI agent posing as a contractor give him a thousand dollar ticket to Hamilton?"
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Andrew Gillum, (D) Candidate for Florida Governor:
"This gentleman, who by the way told the press that he would not release $145,000 of public money, our money. And where he traveled. We know he used some of that money to go to Fox News to run his campaign for governor. Yet he has refused to release those receipts."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron DeSantis, (R) Candidate for Florida Governor:
"Andrew's the one who lied to the people of Florida on Sunday night about accepting a gift from an undercover FBI agent. He's the one who lied about the Costa Rica luxury trip.
(Gillum: "Shame on you.")
DeSantis: "He's the one who was with the lobbyists."
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron DeSantis, (R) Candidate for Florida Governor:
"And as governor I will represent all the people. Everyone will get a fair shake. But I am not going to bow down to the altar of political correctness. I am not going to let the media smear me."
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Andrew Gillum, (D) Candidate for Florida Governor
"My grandmother used to say I hit dog will holler. And it hollered through this room. Mr. DeSantis has spoken. Hey first of all he's got neo nazis helping him out in this state. He has spoken at racist conferences. He's accepted a contribution and would not return it from someone who referred to the former president of the United States as a Muslim n-i-g-g-e-r."
The candidates for Florida governor decried extreme political divisiveness on a day when pipe bombs were mailed to Democratic leaders, but then they immediately began intense name-calling during their final debate Wednesday.
Republican former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum agreed that some people are being pushed over the edge by extreme political rhetoric.
DeSantis pointed out that last year he had just left a Republican congressional baseball practice before a gunman starting shooting at his teammates.
"I know firsthand that when we start going down that road, it can be very, very deadly," DeSantis said. "It is important that we try to unify."
"We've really seen the collapsing of political discourse," Gillum said.
That's when the discourse between DeSantis and Gillum turned nasty.
Gillum, who is seeking to become the state's first black governor, mentioned that DeSantis said the day after the primary that Florida voters shouldn't "monkey this up" by supporting Gillum. And Gillum added that DeSantis was endorsed by President Donald Trump.
Gillum then called DeSantis a liar, and DeSantis called Gillum corrupt, pointing at Broadway tickets to "Hamilton" that were supplied by an undercover FBI agent investigating corruption at Tallahassee City Hall.
"I should have asked more questions to make sure that everything that transpired was above board," Gillum said, before quickly trying to switch topics.
Gillum said he isn't a subject of the FBI probe.
DeSantis wouldn't let it go, mentioning the Broadway tickets several times.
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