A bipartisan pair of former congressmen are making a case for sharing the ticket in a possible campaign for governor and lieutenant governor of Florida.
Former Reps. Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, and David Jolly, a Republican, appeared on MSNBC on Monday, their first national television appearance together, to share their plan to run together. Murphy would run for governor and nominate Jolly for lieutenant governor after the primary.
"The reality is most Floridians disagree on issues but they have to choose on lane or the other," said Jolly, who is a frequent guest on MSNBC and Fox. "We're talking about a lane where everybody has a home."
In the wake of a school shooting in Texas that killed 10 students and teachers, Murphy and Jolly note that they agree on the need for increased regulation on firearms. Jolly said that universal background checks and more restrictions on obtaining assault rifles, describing other Republicans' solutions as "absolute garbage."
Murphy said that gerrymandering is "the single biggest problem with partisanship in our country."
The two have three weeks to file the paperwork required to run for statewide office, the deadline for which is June 22.
"It's a unique time because of Donald Trump and the divisiveness that's out there," Murphy told Politico. "This is perhaps an opportunity that's bigger than running for governor. This is a chance to show that our country can work, our democracy isn't broken. Maybe the two parties can come together."
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