The two Florida Republican gubernatorial candidates faced of in a Fox News debate, where they were pressed on growing political "incivility" and past support or lack thereof for President Donald Trump.

Bret Baier told Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam that he was once a Trump critic during the 2016 campaign.

Baier cited a Miami Herald report that said Putnam called Trump "vile [and] obscene" -- in regard to Trump's salty language about women -- asking the commissioner whether Trump is to blame for some of the "incivility" in politics.

Putnam denied saying those things about Trump and said he supports the president's agenda.

Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-Palm Coast), Putnam's challenger, said the political incivility is "personal."

DeSantis said that he was at the field in Alexandria, Va. immediately prior to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) being critically wounded by a "left-wing" activist who attempted to gun down Republicans.

DeSantis said he encountered shooter James Hodgkinson as he was leaving the field, when Hodgkinson asked whether Republicans were playing there.

"I blame that guy and all of his left-wing friends," DeSantis said, adding that Hodgkinson began shooting moments after he and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) had left the field together.


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"Incivility is not a two-way street," DeSantis said, adding that he is proudly helping lead Rep. Andy Biggs' (R-Ariz.) charge to formally censure Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) after she called for the harassment of Trump officials.

DeSantis said that his opponent, Putnam, is one of the Republicans that attempted to "kneecap" the president over coarse remarks he made in his previous life as a real estate magnate.

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