(CNN) – Florida's major Senate candidates have weighed in on the crisis in Haiti. Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist, as well as Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek have issued statements of condolence in the wake of the 7.0 earthquake that shook the island Tuesday.
Statements after the jump:
“Like many Floridians, my wife Jeanette and I were deeply saddened to hear about the tragedy in Haiti. Florida is blessed with a large Haitian community, and today our thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people in Haiti, as well as our Haitian neighbors here in Florida. We're also praying for the U.S. law enforcement, civilian and military personnel who are now en route to Haiti to help mitigate this humanitarian crisis.
“Jeanette and I encourage our fellow Floridians to explore ways to support the relief effort in Haiti, including through non-government and faith-based organizations such as the Red Cross, AmeriCares and Samaritan’s Purse. Every little bit helps, and it is important for the Haitian people to know that their closest neighbors are standing with them during this difficult time.”
Gov. Charlie Crist:
“As one of Haiti’s closest neighbors, Florida stands ready to offer assistance to those affected by today’s devastating earthquake. The Division of Emergency Management has notified the United States Department of State that we are ready to assist in every way possible. I have discussed with State Representatives Yolly Roberson, Ronald Brise and Mack Bernard ways we can support Florida families with loved ones in Haiti. Our hearts and prayers go out to them all.”
Rep. Kendrick Meek
"During these times of natural disaster, our first response is to donate food, clothing, and blankets to the disaster zone, but this goodwill often causes delays in the supply chain providing recovery to those in danger. By clicking on the link to the Red Cross on KendrickMeek.Com and making a contribution, needed financial resources will go directly to the Red Cross who possess the know-how to quickly provide disaster relief and aid in the recovery effort of the Haitian people. Floridians always come together during times of crisis and natural disaster, and our neighbors in Haiti need our assistance. I am encouraging Floridians to visit KendrickMeek.com and donate to the Red Cross to aid in the humanitarian relief effort in Haiti," said Kendrick Meek.