Andrew Gillum answers questions at St. Pete College

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"Well hello there. I is the Negro Andrew Gillum and I'll be askin' you to make me governor of this here state of Florida", a voice on the call says as monkey and jungle sounds can be heard in the background.

Earlier, DeSantis deflected a question from moderator Jake Tapper of CNN about whether he considers Trump a good role model for children.

The question was based in part on a DeSantis primary ad featuring him exclaiming, "Build the wall" to one of his children, who is playing with brick-like blocks.

DeSantis, on the other hand was bashed largely for his lack of original ideas, his off-hand criticisms against Gillum, his lack of factual support- and name dropping Donald Trump like insane.

"Well, I'll try to be articulate, Chris, and simply say that kind of vitriol...and he's apparently given up the whistle, and they've gone to the bullhorn with these kinds of tactics, but they're not going to work."

Moderator Jake Tapper during a CNN Florida's governor debate, October 21, 2018, in Tampa, Florida.

Gillum acknowledged some Florida voters might oppose him because of his race, but insisted "that voter is not the majority of the people in our state".

"He scares me, I'm sorry", retiree Suzanne Zimmerman, a member of Villagers for Trump, said of Gillum.

"That's what I thought", Gillum said, drawing laughter from the audience. Donald Trump is weak. At one point he called DeSantis Trump's acolyte. Then the Tallahassee mayor added that DeSantis "is trying out to be the Trump apprentice". He's tweeting at him and he's talking to him.

Asked what they believed the state minimum wage should be set at, Gillum said he supported a wage increase to $15 an hour, which has become a large piece of his economic platform. "Andrew can't do that". He's always saying bad things about him. "But I think I will be better positioned to advance Florida's priorities because I have a productive relationship with the administration". Bill Nelson, the incumbent Democrat now in a tight re-election fight with GOP Gov. Rick Scott.

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"This is not Russian Federation".

"The congressman was against the piece of legislation because he's wholly owned by the NRA", Gillum said. "This is a democracy".

"Just two days ago, the Republican leader of the Senate said we're running up too much debt", Nelson said, noting that Sen.

Throughout the debate, Gillum appeared calm while DeSantis looked agitated, often shifting his eyes and moving his head from side to side and interrupting his opponent.

But Gillum pushed back, saying DeSantis "let us know exactly where he was going to take this race the day after the election" with the "monkey up" comment.

The county in which Tallahassee sits has the highest crime rate in Florida, but the numbers have improved during his tenure, Gillum argued. Through his organization, "Need to Impeach", he is directing a massive direct mail pitch to 300,000 Florida voters who have signed up to support his effort to impeach President Donald Trump.

DeSantis brought up his experience as a Navy officer and his time served in Iraq.

"When we're downrange in Iraq, it didn't matter your race", he said. "We all wore the same uniform, we all had that American flag patch on our arm and that was end of story", he said. "So far as I know, I will die black". "And he has only continued in the course of his campaign to draw all the attention he can to the color of my skin". "I have been black all my life".

Tallahassee mayor and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum is in the midst of a toss-up race with former congressman and serial accidental racist Ron DeSantis, a designation that prompted CNN to broadcast Sunday night's debate between the two men live on national television.

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