Or are they just politically opportunistic hypocrites?
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Referring to his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum, he told the channel: "The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases". That's not going to work. That's not gonna be good for Florida.
Maybe if DeSantis were a Democrat, there wouldn't be any problem with his choice of phrase.
Democrats called that a "racist dog whistle". "That was absolutely a racist, disgusting statement. That's what I'm focused on, not on what other people are doing", said Sinema.
In a statement from DeSantis' campaign made to Fox News, the campaign dismissed these characterizations as "absurd".
STEELE: I heard that he's "articulate", that he "performs well".
Going full Trump in the governor's race is viewed as a risky move.
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I'd like to teach him some things, but ultimately he will choose what to do and he'll always have my support. I like how they train, their mentality.
Gillum won as an unabashed progressive who backed "Medicare for all", impeaching Trump and standing up to the National Rifle Association.
They're seeking to succeed Gov. Rick Scott, who can't run for re-election because of term limits.
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To be sure, the Florida primary has gotten a lot of attention because of the nominations of DeSantis and Gillum.
"That is not what Floridians want, " DeSantis declared.
DeSantis won his primary by touting his closeness to Trump.
"So let's keep it going", DeSantis said.
On Twitter earlier on Wednesday, the president slammed Mr Gillum as a "failed" mayor, without citing examples.
Tallahassee has seen a spike in homicides, but its overall crime rate has declined, although it remains the highest in the state.
Meanwhile, in Arizona, Martha McSally, a former Air Force pilot and GOP establishment favorite, beat out more conservative Republicans in the race to replace retiring Sen. Is he trying to win at racist bingo or the Governor's race? Billionaire Jeff Greene spent about $38 million of his own money.
Gillum has until the end of business next Thursday to name a running mate. He was elected mayor in 2014. He will attack Gillum's record as mayor of Tallahassee, which includes an ongoing FBI investigation of possible corruption at city hall related to development deals.