September 7th, 2010
11:49 AM ET
4 years ago

Florida Senate candidates release new ads

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist released his first ad of the general election on Tuesday.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist released his first ad of the general election on Tuesday.

(CNN) - Two of Florida's three Senate candidates are out Tuesday with their first television ads of the general election.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who was elected as a Republican but is running as an independent candidate, literally walks the line between Democrat and Republican in his 30-second spot entitled "Best of Both."

"As an independent, I will take the best ideas of Democrats and Republicans to get things done," Crist says, as he picks up red and blue block letters spelling out the names of the two parties and rearranges them to spell "Americans."

The National Republican Senatorial Committee responded Tuesday to Crist's ad, which they call "hypocritical."

"If Floridians have learned anything from Charlie Crist's politically opportunistic policy shifts and empty rhetoric, it's that he's willing to say or do anything in an attempt to get elected," NRSC spokeswoman Amber Merchand said in a statement. "Charlie Crist only cares about his own interests, and his misleading claim to 'put people ahead of politics' simply does not match reality."

The NRSC is backing Republican candidate Marco Rubio.

Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek's new ad features him in the Everglades, the Gulf of Mexico and on a public bus as he distances his politcal accomplishments from those of his challengers.

In the ad, entitled "Only One," Meek lists off eight things that he says he's done for Floridians but his opponents have not.

"With three of us running, you should know what makes me different," Meek says.

A Quinnipiac University poll conducted August 11-16 showed Crist leading Rubio by a 39-32 percent margin. Meek registered at 16 points in the survey.

Crist, Meek and Rubio will face off in a live, nationally televised debate on CNN just 10 days before Election Day. The Oct. 24 debate will be held on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus. CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley will serve as moderator and it will air at 9 a.m. ET on "State of the Union with Candy Crowley."


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Florida Joe

    The federal government has NO BUSINESS with the funding of teachers, police, or firefighters. PERIOD.
    ****************************************************************************Right
    So IF the State does not have the funds and your house is burning but the Fire Department could use the Federal $$ to put out the FIRE you'd let it burn.....VERY SMART THINKING............

    September 7, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. American

    Notice that of both words, Democrat and Republican, only two letters are needed from the word democrat to form the word American. Does that mean Republicans are more American? :-)

    September 7, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. water bearer

    To steven harnack:

    Actually, Charlie hasn't changed his positions very much at all since taking that R from in front of his name. He ALWAYS was a moderate Republican. It's just that now the extremists have taken over the Republican party (aka the Tea Party) and have forced out all semblence of moderation from their ranks.

    September 7, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. junglejim123

    Charlie changes his views everytime the wind blows. He hugged Obama and then ran from him. He ignored Florida while he chased McCain for the VP slot going so far as to get married to squelch the gay rumours.

    He was for Obamacare until now when the polls show people do not want ti,now he is against it....

    He lied to Fox news when he said he would NOT run as an Independent and 2 weeks later he takes al lof his Republican mone yand does just that.

    He is not in this for Floridians – its all about Charlie and it always has been.

    September 7, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "GOP PLAN:

    According to Michelle Bachman, investigate, impeach, et.c."

    Indeed, altho she's the craziest one there. Cantor and others, who can claim to be slightly less crazy, have already LITERALLY confirmed that their first step will be to try to pass an appropriations bill that defunds the HCR Bill and several other major portions of the federal government in order to force Obama to veto it. They'll do so under cover of reducing the debt and deficit and being fiscally responsible (last I checked, "responsible" doesn't include making promises then defunding them, and you can bet your bippy that SS and Medicare/caid will be in their crosshairs as well). They want a do-over of 1995-1996 after losing the same battle with Clinton.

    Why is this important? Because it shows just how little the GOP cares about any of us in the middle-class. This plan of their will result in a complete disaster...hundreds of thousands of FURLOUGHED (that means NO PAY) federal employees, a complete shut-down of several major agencies and their investigations and enforcement actions (BP will no doubt be quite pleased) and further recession and increases in unemployment....ALL OF WHICH THEY WILL ATTEMPT TO BLAME ON OBAMA. They see this as an opportunity to destroy him AND destroy the federal gov't, which they"ve wanted destroyed since at least 1964 for obvious reasons. And you thought the Civil War was over lol

    September 7, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. James B

    Nice Add. He hast to quit back peddling.

    September 7, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Orlando Patriot

    What Crist forgot to say is "and don't forget, I will sell my mother for a vote and sell my children if a poll tells me it would be a good idea". Charlie Crist is nausiating in how he has no morals or character. Of course since he DOESN'T have any morals or character he will fit in well with the Democrat Party!!

    September 7, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. R

    For LacrosseMom(the real one), who said:
    "I ask: What have the Republicans done for Americans in the last 10 years? I await an answer."

    What have the Democrats done for Americans in the last 10 years? Neither party has 0 interest in the common, hard working Americans, trying to support their families and make it day by day. To find any one political party to be solely at fault, is to only identify half of the problem.

    September 7, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Florida leans Republicna and Crist is a moderate. He would be the best match for Florida and the Senate

    September 7, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Mike W.

    How can the Republican party call anybody hypocritical. They are hypocritcal from A to Z. The glorification of ignorance of the republican party continues unabated

    September 7, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. stela-fl

    Rubio for President anytime then the one we have! Yeah that's sounds like a tea partier slogan...LOL...what a bunch of NUTS!

    September 7, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Dt

    @jeff all beauty and no brains, thats what conservative women are. take u guys darling lil palin, i mean damn 5 colleges and 6 yrs to get a journalism degree lol. She couldnt hold water to hillary clinton. U cons are too funny

    September 7, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. John Adkisson

    Wow! Who is doing Crist's ads? That's the best I have seen this year.

    September 7, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. ha ha

    Hey Jeff, you have been posting this same old comment several times now. Me thinks you need to get laid.

    You wrote:
    jeff, alabama September 7th, 2010 12:16 pm ET

    Here's a great new idea for a political add.
    Now get a glance at this.
    "Did you ever notice how much prettier and smarter female
    conservative candidates are than female liberal
    candidates ? "

    September 7, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. MrAmerica

    Charlie is no more a democrat than Rick Scott is an honest business man.

    September 7, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    I think FL politicians should be focusing on the deranged pastor in Gainesville with his Koran burning plan. And he calls himself a Christian-what a joke,

    September 7, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. You liberal CNN lovers are going to lose in November

    republicans don't need plans. They just need to WIN IN NOVEMBER and throw out all the DIms and their leader Barry the Muslim

    September 7, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Daniel

    No Florida Cubans in the Senate. Talk about single issue candidates!!

    September 7, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. InlandEmperor

    Gov Crist...you deserve to be taken seriously. It would appear that you have the interests of Floridians at heart...not the step and repeat stuff that seems to principally infiltrate your former political party and it's neo-con philosophies that put the state...and the country...in the crisis condition they left us in in 2008. Gratefully we are successfully finding our way out of it in spite of their obstructionist policies. Please continue your good work.

    September 7, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Elizabeth

    A good ad for the democrats is to show clips from the 2008 collapse of the economy and at the end of the commercial ask Americans if they want to return to the party that caused the collapse.

    September 7, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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