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Can we get some substance on the issues?

Listen to who's easily fielding policy questions and who's not.
 
Adam Putnam, Republican gubernatorial candidate makes a campaign stop at Kimmins Contracting in Tampa on April 6. Putnam said he won't raise taxes. (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)
Adam Putnam, Republican gubernatorial candidate makes a campaign stop at Kimmins Contracting in Tampa on April 6. Putnam said he won't raise taxes. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published April 12, 2018|Updated April 12, 2018

Watching Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam agreeably field an array of questions from a bipartisan crowd at Tampa's Oxford Exchange recently, it was apparent that Putnam would be Florida's first governor since Bush utterly at ease wading into policy discussions.

That is a big contrast to his primary rivals, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran of Pasco County.

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DeSantis so far has all but boycotted reporters who might ask him about Florida issues or holding public events where uninvited guests might hear him discuss Florida issues. Instead, the 39-year-old former Navy lawyer appears on Fox News multiple times a week to criticize the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

One night in February Corcoran held a little-watched online debate with Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum about a sanctuary cities bill in the Legislature, while on Fox News DeSantis and Tucker Carlson lamented unfair treatment of President Donald Trump by investigators.

"Some people are trying to win the Tallahassee news cycle, some people are trying to win the election," scoffed DeSantis campaign manager Brad Herold on Twitter.

Read the full column here.