Gillum predicts Florida will be a ‘Biden runaway’ because of Sanders’ Castro comments


The state primary on March 17 will “likely be a Biden runaway,” Gillum, a CNN contributor, said to CNN’s David Axelrod on an episode of “The Axe Files” podcast that posted Thursday.

“Florida is one of those states where international politics matters about as much as the domestic does,” said Gillum, who grew up in Miami.

He added, “While those comments may have felt contained to Cuba, in South Florida … where you’ve got Venezuelans and Colombians, Cubans and so many others who have been forced from the homelands that they love under these authoritarian regimes, this struck a different kind of nerve.”

Sanders has defended remarks he made last month about a “literacy program” launched by the Cuban government and said that “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad” with the way Castro ruled the country.

“This is not where you want to … co-locate that because it is a complete dismissal of the pain. And if you don’t get that, then you will have a very, very difficult time competing in the state of Florida, not just with Cubans, but quite frankly, the diversity of the Latin American community represented in the state of Florida,” Gillum said.

Gillum referenced Florida state Sen. Annette Taddeo’s tweet slamming Sanders: “Saying a murderous dictator wasn’t so bad because of a literacy program is like saying ‘there were very fine people, on both sides,'” using it to illustrate “how deep this hit in those communities.”

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