Saturday, 23 February, 2019

'Ron DeSantis is extraordinary!': Trump on Florida GOP candidate

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 'Ron DeSantis is extraordinary!': Trump on Florida GOP candidate
Melissa Porter | 30 August, 2018, 06:49

"It is all about base".

Regardless of who wins the Arizona Senate race, the state will send its first woman to the Senate in history.

The Florida Democratic Party immediately decried DeSantis' comment as racist. Most opinion polls showed him trailing in a crowded field of better-funded competitors.

The governor's race, in a state sure to be a battleground in the 2020 presidential election, will essentially be a referendum on Trump.

In a tweet later Wednesday, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who is promoting a critical tell-all book about the president, sought to draw attention to that connection. His campaign featured fiery calls for expansive government-run healthcare, higher wages for workers and Trump's impeachment.

Stipanovich, who in 1994 ran Bush's first but unsuccessful run for governor, said GOP statewide candidates have been able to disqualify Democrats in recent decades by tarring them as "liberal" ― but that Gillum's win could mean those days are over. "That's not going to work, that's not going to be good for Florida." he added.

While "extremeness" may lie in the eye of the beholder, Florida voters now have a governor's race with two wildly contrasting candidates. He supports abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).

In Arizona, meanwhile, a nasty fight is taking shape between a Republican former fighter pilot, Rep. Martha McSally, and Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat who tried to appeal to independents while Republicans duked it out over who is most like Trump.

Asked if he's afraid of President Donald Trump's support for DeSantis, Gillum told CNN that his race is about uniting the state. Statewide, blacks are 28 percent of the state's registered voters.

Supporters at DeSantis' party in Orlando chanted "Ron! Ron!" GOPers who supported Putnam are smarting that a few tweets from the President lost their man the race, and Republicans face more of a challenge than Democrats in uniting their party around DeSantis. He famously dressed his infant son in a Make America Great Again onesie and built a wall out of blocks with his daughter in campaign commercials.

Mr DeSantis won his primary by touting his closeness to Mr Trump. Afterward, he was mobbed by people who wanted to take selfies with the candidate, and his campaign staff kept pushing to get him back on the campaign bus to his next event. The victor may decide which party controls the chamber where Republicans now hold a one-seat majority. That is quite the contrast with Democrats.

Marquez Peterson is the CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber.

In Florida, however, the lone female candidate for governor, Gwen Graham, was defeated by Gillum, a stunning loss after she had spent months as the apparent frontrunner.

However, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, who is running for re-election against outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott in November, wrote on Twitter that "Comments like DeSantis's are unacceptable in civilized discourse".

She will square off against Republican Maria Elvira Salazar, a Spanish-language television journalist.

Trump won Florida in the 2016 election over Hillary Clinton, and the swing state has consistently been a strong indicator of the direction of the country.