Gillum vs. DeSantis: Where they stand on the issues

Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum offer a striking contrast on the issues. Here is a brief look at where they stand and how they differ.


DeSantis supports legalization of medical marijuana, and opposes legalization of recreational marijuana.

Gillum favors legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use. 

Taxes & Wages:

DeSantis supports Gov. Scott’s plan to require a legislative supermajority to approve any future state tax hikes.  

Gillum wants to increase the corporate tax rate 2.25 percent to fund education and raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. 


DeSantis calls for legislation to ban sanctuary cities and an E-Verify mandate for employers

Gillum has calls for giving undocumented immigrants access to drivers licenses, and the elimination of ICE 

Health Care:

DeSantis opposes the Medicaid expansion 

Gillum favors expanding access to government health care (supporting a concept of Medicare for all). 

On President Trump and the Mueller Investigation:

DeSantis is a close ally and strongly defends President Trump. He has proposed an amendment to restrict what Mueller can investigate and stop funding for the Mueller probe within six months of passage. 

Gillum said President Trump is wrong for Florida on almost every issue, has vowed to fight against his policies and has advocated for his impeachment.