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Andrew Gillum: Questions about being a Democratic Socialist are ‘fair game’

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum was asked questions in Thursday night’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate town hall that no other candidate was asked.

He was asked, in a question about being endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, whether he considered himself a Democratic socialist.

And he was asked whether he was a socialist or capitalist.

And he was also asked whether he believed there should be a universal guaranteed income.

“These labels are insignificant when it comes to everyday life of people in the state … I’m a Democrat and an individual who believes people have had a rough ride in this state … these labels are easy to throw on folks,” Gillum said, “but mean nothing.”

FP caught up with Gillum after the town hall, and got his take on whether the questions were out of bounds.

“When you’re running for Governor, everything is fair game,” Gillum said. “I try not to complain about those things.”

“I will tell you,” Gillum added, “I don’t make apologies for pushing for an equal opportunity to learn for all kids. I don’t make apologies for the fact that I believe that health care ought to be a right.”

“As I said on stage,” Gillum continued, “even the most conservative of think tanks are projecting that we can save more than $2 trillion and cover more people in the process.”

“To me,” Gillum added, “this is not a red or blue or purple, this is common sense.”

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at

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