Webster opposes Obamacare.
Demings supports it.
Webster wants across-the-board tax cuts.
Demings wants them more targeted to the middle class.
Webster opposes most additional restrictions on guns, ammunition or background checks.
Demings, as a former chief who saw her officers in harm's way, has pushed for cracking down on assault weapons and more comprehensive background checks.
Their stances continue largely along party lines — though each has shown a willingness to buck party leaders on occasion. (Webster, for instance, voted to raise the debt ceiling and opposed federal regulations on medical malpractice. Demings wants to keep the Bush-era tax cuts for those who make up to $500,000.)
Neither politician is flawless.
Webster's office, for instance, was caught distributing a creepy watch list of citizens who spoke up against him at a town-hall meeting. Webster later apologized for the piece — which went so far (and low) as to question the service of a Vietnam veteran. Some of his positions are also outside the mainstream, even among Republicans, such as opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.
For her part, Demings seemed unwilling to punish — or even seriously question — bad behavior among cops who injured or abused civilians. In one of the worst examples, Demings refused to request an internal investigation into a cop who broke the neck of 84-year old man — even though a jury later determined it a clear case of excessive force.
So neither's perfect. (Who is?) But overall, both seem to be running because they want to serve — and not to line their pockets.
They're respected, well-versed on the issues — with clearly defined differences that neither shies from.
Florida voters could do worse.
We usually do.
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