On Wednesday, all four Democratic candidates looking to gain the nomination for Florida Governor took part in a debate to set themselves aside from the rest. Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and businessman Chris King all took sparred while discussing policy issues that included gun control, education and others.
Former congresswoman Graham was attacked and often was on the defensive as she was criticized for not supporting legislation that called for an assault weapons ban after the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016. Chris King, wearing a Pulse memorial ribbon, was on the offensive concerning the issue, and Tallahassee Mayor Gillum also attacked her for voting in favor of a ban on Syrian refugees and for supporting the Keystone Pipeline.
At one point, she commented that “Oh, I seem to be the one. It’s OK. Gwen and the men.”
In response, Gillum retorted that “This isn’t just about the men against the women. Records do matter.”
In terms of education and the other issues on the agenda, former Miami Beach Mayor Levine outlined his plan by detailing that “You have to invest in education, invest in health care, have the best transportation, have the best environmental policy, have the number one, greatest non-discrimination laws in the country, make sure you have equal pay for equal work. If you create these policies, which are very similar to the H.R. manual of the great companies we want to come, like Amazon, e-Bay, Apple, Lockheed, and Boeing, then they will come.”