What Gil­lum, DeSan­tis stand for

Here’s a look at the po­si­tions of the Florida gover­nor hope­fuls

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Front Page - By Skyler Swisher Staff writer

Florid­i­ans will wit­ness an epic clash of con­ser­va­tive and lib­eral ideas in the race for gover­nor with a Bernie San­ders-backed mayor bat­tling against a Trump-en­dorsed con­gress­man in a high-stakes con­test that has al­ready cap­tured the na­tion’s at­ten­tion.

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSan­tis and Tal­la­has­see Mayor An­drew Gil­lum, both 39, beat es­tab­lish­ment can­di­dates ini­tially fa­vored to win, but they of­fer vastly dif­fer­ent vi­sions on the is­sues.

DeSan­tis, a Repub­li­can, has called for cur­tail­ing spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ties to Rus­sia. He be­longs to the hard-right Free­dom Cau­cus. Gil­lum, a Demo­crat, cham­pi­ons abol­ish­ing Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment, im­peach­ing Trump and rais­ing the min­i­mum wage to $15 an hour.


DeSan­tis wants to man­date that em­ploy­ers check the im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus of new hires through a fed­eral sys­tem called E-Ver­ify. He has vowed to stop so-called “sanc­tu­ary cities” that of­fer pro­tec­tions to un­doc­u­mented res­i­dents.

Gil­lum has called for abol­ish­ing ICE and re­plac­ing it with a “more com­pas­sion­ate and fo­cused agency.” In a de­bate, Gil­lum said he would sup­port mak­ing driver’s li­censes avail­able to un­doc­u­mented res­i­dents. “Il­le­gals is not a noun,” Gil­lum said. “You don’t get to call peo­ple il­le­gals.”


DeSan­tis says he would op­pose tax in­creases and sup­port an amend­ment to the state constitution that would re­quire a su­per­ma­jor­ity for the Leg­is­la­ture to raise taxes.

Gil­lum wants to raise the min­i­mum wage to $15 per hour and in­crease the state’s cor­po­rate tax rate from 5.5 per­cent to 7.75 per­cent.

Health care

Asked if he views health care as a right, DeSan­tis said dur­ing a de­bate in Jack­sonville that “peo­ple should have the right to pur­sue the health care they want.” An

op­po­nent of the Af­ford­able Care Act, he said he doesn’t think “child­less, able-bod­ied adults” of work­ing age should be on Med­i­caid. “We al­ready have health care as the big­gest line-item of the bud­get,” DeSan­tis said.

Gil­lum wants Medi­care for all. He views health care as “a fun­da­men­tal right, not a priv­i­lege.” He fa­vors ex­pand­ing Med­i­caid.


DeSan­tis has said he would have ve­toed leg­is­la­tion passed af­ter the Park­land mas­sacre. He said he thinks some parts of the leg­is­la­tion, such as rais­ing the age to buy a long gun from 18 to 21, would vi­o­late Florid­i­ans’ Sec­ond Amend­ment Rights. DeSan­tis earned an A rat­ing from the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion.

Gil­lum sup­ports an “as­sault weapons ban,” uni­ver­sal back­ground checks for gun sales and pro­hibit­ing the sale of high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines. The NRA is­sued an F rat­ing to Gil­lum.


DeSan­tis has promised to fully im­ple­ment med­i­cal mar­i­juana, which was over­whelm­ingly passed by Florida vot­ers. But DeSan­tis said he has con­cerns le­gal­iz­ing mar­i­juana for recre­ational use “would make it harder for par­ents.”

Gil­lum sup­ports le­gal­iz­ing mar­i­juana for recre­ational use, tax­ing it and putting the rev­enue into ed­u­ca­tion.


DeSan­tis says he wants to ex­pand school choice pro­grams, pro­mote vo­ca­tional train­ing and op­pose the use of Com­mon Core stan­dards.

Gil­lum pro­poses in­vest­ing $1 bil­lion into pub­lic schools and rais­ing the start­ing pay for teach­ers to $50,000 a year.


DeSan­tis has a less-thanstel­lar rat­ing from the League of Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers, scor­ing only 2 per­cent. In an in­ter­view with the Sara­sota Her­ald-Tri­bune, DeSan­tis said the state should act to ad­dress sealevel rise, but cli­mate change is best han­dled on the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level. He didn’t say with cer­tainty that hu­mans are con­tribut­ing to cli­mate change. DeSan­tis prom­ises to stop dis­charges from Lake Okee­chobee by stor­ing pol­luted wa­ter south of the lake.

Gil­lum vows to stand up to in­ter­ests that have con­trib­uted to the foul­ing of Florida wa­ters and fu­eled unchecked de­vel­op­ment. He wants to tran­si­tion to clean en­ergy and calls cli­mate change “a real and ur­gent threat.”

Both can­di­dates op­pose off­shore oil drilling.


Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial hope­ful An­drew Gil­lum has at least one thing in com­mon with op­po­nent Ron DeSan­tis: He’s 39. Repub­li­can Ron DeSan­tis, like his Demo­cratic ri­val for gover­nor, op­poses oil drilling off Florida’s coast.


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