tv Campaign 2018 Florida Gov. Race - Andrew Gillum CSPAN November 7, 2018 5:53am-6:04am EST
>> we will take a look now at some of the house races. democrats picked up the minnesota third district seat. in a highly watched race republican incumbent mike kelly retained his seat in pennsylvania. in the florida governor's race, republican congressman ron desantis defeated tallahassee mayor andrew gillum, a democrat. [applause] >> alright. quite a treat is to see that y'all are still here.
of chris and kristen, we are rj, our family, proud of the way that we ran this race. we could not be more thankful for the support that was shown by each and every one of you all the way along this path. we recognize that we did not win it tonight. we did not win this transaction, but i want y'all to know that is just it, a transaction. what we believe in still holds true today. i got to tell you, as i stand here on the highest of seven hills in tallahassee, florida, the campus that gave so much to me and my wife rj.
for the students around when we were students, we marched plenty of times from this very step up to the capital. we let our voices be heard. we didn't shrink from the challenges, we didn't shrink from power. we spoke truth to power. just because we didn't always come out victorious, we didn't retreat. we stood up. we stood strong. we spoke out because we recognized we had power, too. early this evening, i called mr. ron desantis and congratulated will behat we expect him as the next governor of the next state of florida. i want you to know, i want you in spite of our congratulating him on his victory this evening, nothing that we believe in is
compromised. i still believe we ought to pay teachers what they are worth. i still believe that. i still believe we ought to clean up our environment, our ai r, our water quality, our shores. our i still believe we should have the kind of economy where people can work one job instead of two or three to make ends meet. i'm proud that the voters of the state of florida decided to pass amendment 4. i'm proud about that. that is one step closer to getting us where it is we need to be as a state. y'all, i want to encourage you not to give up. i want to encourage you to stick to the fight. i want you to know that every step of this way, even though i won't have the blessing of serving as the next governor of the state of florida, i still plan to be on the front lines
right alongside every single one of you when it comes to standing up for what we believe in. as i said all along the campaign trail, policy is nothing without a demand. it never has and it never will. we have to be willing to show us every single day and demand our seat at the table. we got to be willing. inside of elections and outside of elections to stay that our voices still matter, we still have relevance. i still believe, and i still trust the voters. they may not have all shown up in the way that we thought and hoped we would, but i still believe there are more of us who believe in what is common, in what is decent, and what is right. i believe in the long run, good always wins out over evil. i still believe that. many of you along the trail heard me talk rather repeatedly
about my grandmother. someone pointed out that she was the real winner of the governor's race. my grandmother, who poured so much into us, because my mother and father would often have to get up so early in the morning and go to work. they would load us into the car 'sd take us to our grandmama house where we would sleep a little longer. my grandmother would have a two-step ritual. the first phase, is she would grab her bottle of olive oil, sometimes cooking oil, whatever the shiniest oil was she could get her hand on, and she would build ac cross on my four head. then she would have this refrain were she would say "boy, go to school. mind your teachers. get your lesson.
and one day, bring that education home." ring it home for your little brother and sister who doesn't know what it is yet. bring it home for the little boy you play with down the street. bring it home for your mother and father who get out there every day going to work on someone else's job in order to keep a roof over your head, clothing on your back, and food on the table, bring it home. on the campaign trail, i didn't always know what my grandmother was trying to communicate, but it wasn't always about me. i am reminded this evening is not about me. it is not about my wife, not chris king, not kristen. it is about all of us, the collective. it is about the belief if we all do good, we can all do good. we can do good by doing good. if we all put our oars in the water and row in the same
direction we can get further than by ourselves. i still believe that to be true this evening. even in defeat, i believe that to be true. the question is, we have a choice to make tomorrow morning. bask in sorrow and defeat? or are we going to get up and reassert ourselves to the mission at hand? are we going to get up and fight for the things we believe in, are we going to get up and say we still deserve our seat at the table? look, i said before that i believe we have to have a table in this state that is long enough, wide enough, deep enough to fit all of us. i still believe that we have to have a table. but y'all, we will just have to do a little bit more work to build that table. a little bit more in order to make our way to it. if there is not a chair there
for us, let's pull up our own. let's make sure that people know we plan to have a seat at this thing and we will not be ignored, that we will not be pushed aside. that we will not be pushed into the shadows anymore, that we are here and here to stay. y'all, i have to tell you, i am blown away by the volunteers that joined with us on the trail. i am blown away by you. this was, from the very beginning, and extremely, extremely difficult task. i sincerely regret that i could not bring it home for you. >> we love you! [cheering and applause] >> but i can guarantee you this,
i am not going anywhere. we're going to fight. we're going to keep on fighting. we are going to keep working. we are going to keep believing. and in all of that, i believe that, ultimately, we will be victorious. we will be victorious. i want you to know, on behalf of our families that were so so appreciative and thankful for you. and we want you to know that we will continue to lift our great state in prayer. we are going to lift our great nation in prayer. and we believe, at the end of the day, that we, not us, but we will still have the victory. god bless you. god keep you. and god bless the state of florida and this great country that we get to call home. take care, everybody. thank you. [applause] thank you.