Ashley Verdugo/ Staff Writer
The 2018 midterms have brought bipartisanship to a halt. And Florida’s gubernatorial candidates show the major difference in both parties this year.
The candidates, Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum, are both men with prior political experience, but vastly different political ideologies.
For the past 8 years, Florida has had a Republican Governor in office, Rick Scott.
Governor Scott has kept Florida’s economic status great for the citizens living here despite the national economic status. He took advantage of the tourist revenue we receive and was able to take the tax we make off of that and lower small business taxes.
Florida is one of the top states to open up a small business!
Governor Scott has also been socially conservative. He’s signed the “Pastor Protection Act” protecting pastors from having to perform same-sex marriages and “In God we trust” allowing all public to the motto in a visible place.
Florida also voted for President Trump in the 2016 Presidential elections. This is the set up we’re working with.
DeSantis matches this ideology and would be a good fit to further the economic and social agenda in Florida. I think President Trump knew this and that’s why he endorsed him so early on during the primaries.
DeSantis served in the Navy and was a former Congressman. His voting record is all red.
Gillum is the mayor of Tallahassee and a former city commissioner. He would not fit to further the current agenda in Florida.
Though usually Democrats have a different mindset on the economy, it’s never been to socialism.
Gillum is a devout socialist with his view on the economy.
With enough support, he will call himself a socialist and try to paint the economic view as hopeful rather than harmful and extreme.
Gillum would more than destroy Governor Scott’s progress with small businesses. His politics are very liberal.
People in Florida want clarity on their politicians and who’s in charge. Both DeSantis and Gillum are honest and open about their views. But DeSantis will further Florida’s future; Gillum will not.
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