Former VP Joe Biden Campaigning in Tampa, Orlando

Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum at a town hall Friday at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg Florida

In the interview, he noted he's been in touch with former President Barack Obama, who may campaign on his behalf.

With the debate covering key issues, such as taxes, gun control, and race, many people declared Gillum the victor.

Gillum said he was incredulous that DeSantis was against solar energy, especially considering how Florida is known as the "Sunshine State".

On gun control, Gillum said his support for background checks and a ban on assault weapons has made him a target for the NRA. "And he has only continued over the course of his campaign to draw attention to the color of my skin". "Everybody I know wants to earn enough where they can take care of themselves and their families and maybe take a vacation one weekend out of the year". I've been black all my life. "I will tell you that Virginia is a very conservative state and we had a black governor. for heaven's sake".

We will find out the answer in less than two weeks time.

Biden, leading many polls of 2020 hopefuls for the party's nomination for President, isn't the only potential top-of-the-ticket presence to hit the state.

Seventeen people died at the hands of a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th in Parkland, Fla. Backed by the fortune of Democratic billionaires Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, Florida's young people are fighting to be heard.

"Gubernatorial candidate, Soros & CAIR-backed Andrew Gillum is a threat to National Security".

While Gillum went through the usual litany of "free stuff from the government" and charges of racism that Democrats have been running on for years, DeSantis nationalized his message and homed-in on the issues on every television and computer screen in America: law and order and illegal immigration. NAACP President Derrick Johnson said his organization is "microfocused" on boosting black turnout this fall.

Rep. Sean Shaw - who is running for attorney general - stressed the importance of the November 6 deadline to vote alongside incumbents Rep. Janet Cruz and Rep. Charlie Crist. Standing at her front door, she didn't hesitate when a conservative volunteer asked whether she was going to vote.

"That's what I thought", Gillum said, drawing laughter from the audience.

Tapper questioned DeSantis about his opposition to a sweeping state law, passed after the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County.

CNN's Jake Tapper will host the one-hour face-to-face beginning at 8 p.m. ET, from the WEDU studios in Tampa.

DeSantis claimed Gillum would not be able to work with Trump, saying: "You need to be able to work with the president". For DeSantis's supporters, 85 percent say they made up their mind, and 14 percent have not.

Meanwhile, a flood of money is shaping the Florida elections. He'd also be the first African-American governor in Florida's history. While that may be the most in the country, it's a fraction of the spending in Florida's Senate contest, according to political operatives tracking media spending. Nelson is seeking a fourth term, but is facing a tough challenge from Scott, who must leave the governor's mansion because of term limits.

But Republicans pooh-poohed the former vice-president's appearance for Nelson and Gillum, saying he was "wasting his time".

"The question was whether or not he thinks President Trump is a good role model for the children of Florida", Tapper said.

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