The question for those watching Tuesday in Tampa: Will Donald Trump, called "vile and obscene" by Putnam during the 2016 primaries, give the Agriculture Commissioner a birthday present that he won't want and can't return?
Trump said Nelson wants to raise taxes, supports sanctuary cities, and opposed "Kate's Law", which would have increased criminal penalties for repeat illegal immigrants who committed violent crimes.
"And you need your picture".
The president took the opportunity to hail Gov. Rick Scott for U.S. Senate and blast Democratic incumbent Sen.
Asked why Trump made a decision to endorse DeSantis over him even though both are conservative Republicans, Putnam suggested it was all about Washington politics.
"The president is the leader of the party".
"We have an incredible record for people who actually come out and try to tie themselves to this president, because his successes are undeniable at this point", said Hogan Gidley, the deputy White House Press Secretary. And we need to elect Ron DeSantis as your governor.
- President Trump held a campaign-style rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa Tuesday - his first political event in the area since taking office. Bill Nelson in a high-profile Senate race.
"We may have to do some pretty drastic things, but we're gonna get it", he said.
Trump has publicly threatened to shut down the federal government over his push to overhaul the nation's immigration system and fund his signature border wall, though officials say he has privately assured staff he wouldn't provoke a fiscal crisis before midterms.
THE FACTS: This concern, often voiced by Trump as well, stems from an unsupported theory that voter fraud has shaped election outcomes.
During a rally in Tampa, Florida, Trump said that if "you want to buy anything, you need ID and you need your picture", but this isn't true for buying standard groceries.
Trump also said he "can be more presidential than any president in history, except for maybe Abe Lincoln with the big hat", and proclaimed that if not for his campaign, people wouldn't be able to say "Merry Christmas" in public.
There would be other Trump campaign mentions throughout the 30 second spot.
But it was also a flash of self-awareness by an idiosyncratic politician who intimately understands his own method as one of the great political entertainers, whose skill at fanning resentments is fundamental to his appeal for a large chunk of voters.
Twitter users wonder if Trump has ever purchased his own groceries after he makes a weird claim at Florida rally. Marco Rubio - before also dispatching Democrat Hillary Clinton here in the general election.
They can tout strong economic growth, a President who is dominating the globe and two Supreme Court nominations that delight social conservatives - though of course that narrative of achievement will be robustly challenged by Trump's opponents.
This article was written by Felicia Sonmez and Ashley Parker, reporters for The Washington Post.