September 7th, 2010
11:49 AM ET
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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. Ramon

    Where is the republican plans? Do they have any?

    September 7, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Meek's campaign ad is straight forward and to the point. No slander whatsoever. I wish all campaigns were run this way.

    September 7, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. helene nicholson

    The rich keep getting richer, and the rest of us are left to stuggle to survive. Peter ought to go visit some homeless shelters and see the real America. As long as corporate america keeps running the country into the ground, we will not have a recovery

    September 7, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Florida Joe

    I would much prefer Crist's rhetoric to Rubio's lies and corruption....the NRSC cannot stand Charlie because he has a mind of his own not one of the SHEEP like Rubio.......Charlie accepted the stimulus funds because it was good for the people of Florida, saved a bunch of Teaching jobs, Police and Firefighters…..He had the guts to stand up and accept the funds….Unlike the Repub cowards that condemned the stimulus and then quietly accepted them….Wake up Florida .....Rubio is a disaster………..

    September 7, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. jeff, alabama

    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 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Sarah McCarthy

    Rubio just wants to be the president of Cuba someday,two casinos on every corner and free chickens to all.

    September 7, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "Charlie accepted the stimulus funds because it was good for the people of Florida, saved a bunch of Teaching jobs, Police and Firefighters"

    Okay... I've asked this several times without receiving an answer with merit. All the left says when it comes to federal spending is "teachers... blah, blah... police... blah, blah.... firefighters... blah, blah" ad nauseum. Since when do teachers, police, and firefighters get paid with FEDERAL dollars? For that matter... STATE dollars? The fact is that these public sector jobs are paid for with LOCAL revenues garnered from porperty and excise taxes.

    The federal government has NO BUSINESS with the funding of teachers, police, or firefighters. PERIOD.

    September 7, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. steven harnack

    Wow, all it takes is erasing that R from in front of your name and apparently you turn into a completely different person. The fine honorable man of Monday becomes the lowlife scum on Tuesday. Doesn't that make people wonder if anything that the Republicans say is true? When they can reverse positions on a persons character overnight?

    September 7, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    GOP PLAN:

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

    The ONLY plan the GOP has is to destroy President Obama's presidency, that has been and is their mission.

    I ask: What have the Republicans done for Americans in the last 10 years?

    I await an answer.

    September 7, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. maince

    i like meek iwood vote for him

    September 7, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Marty, FL

    Americans first ahead of partisan politics–Go Crist!

    September 7, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. katiec

    How in the world can any republican call Crist hypocritical when they have totally fulfilled the meaning of the word??
    I just cannot understand any American following, supporting this party who has become a disgrace to our political system and our country with their actions. Their priority is to win this next election, regardless of the consequences to us and our country.
    We cannot allow this party of Wall St and the rich regain power.
    It would be a diaster for our country.

    September 7, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. bob

    hey charlie, how about telling all of us florida voters why you spent $750,000 of our tax dollars taking your fiancee to venice on a boondoggle, you corrupt, hypocritical political opportunist!

    September 7, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Nando

    Charle Crist Before this Summer was a Member of the GOP and until the Republican Tea Party was formed was the Darling of the Bush Republican Party because he was the Governor of a important swing state. Now that the Nut Jobs on the far right have their Man. He is now the Independent thinker , Pure BS I will vote for MEEK and so will the rest of the DEMOCRATS in FLORIDA .

    September 7, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Nathan

    Crist is a bold faced liar. He looked directly in the eyes of Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday and said if he lost the republican primary to Marco Rubio, he would bow out of the race. Words are meaningless apparently to politicians these days as the seduction of power is almost impossible to resist for them.

    September 7, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    I saw Rubio's ad about a week ago. Same old, same old. In other words, nothing but Republican rhetoric. Having said that, both of the above candidates have delivered concerning their 'style' of governing, should they become elected. (I like that) I would have a somewhat difficult choosing between the two (above). I like Crist's approach a little better. He's what I define as a across the isle tempering mechanism that is needed in Congress.

    September 7, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Christ is a proven self-thinker, unlike Rubio, the republican "puppet-on-a-string".

    September 7, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. I Scored 750 on My GMATs

    We don't need politicians that "TAKE IDEAS" from other people.

    I don't respect those that steal the intellectual property of others. I want leaders that are smart enough, inventive enough to FORMULATE THEIR OWN IDEAs ... to be able to EXPLAIN and DEFEND them.

    This is what's wrong with corporate and government management ... we PROMOTE people that couldn't think their way out of a paper bag.

    I like Crist but it is telling that he thinks that Americans no longer value the "smart" guy. It's long overdue to put the smarts back into American leadership.

    September 7, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Given the choices Crist IS the best of both worlds. At least he has a mind of his own, and is more apt to act on behalf of Floridians FIRST.

    September 7, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. jeff - Sarasota Florida

    I live in Florida and I have seen how "this" state has suffered during these bad economic times...

    This is a Seasonal work state where during the winter it used to have enough of a boom to run the local residents through the summer months until the next season... Now we have little if any season in a lot of areas and unemployment is one of the highest in the country here...

    I can only imagine what the economy of this state would be like if Charlie Christ hadn't gone against the Republican party and took the Obama stimulous package...

    While it hasn't turned things around it has at least gave us a chance to keep more people above water in these tough times...

    Why is it that the Party Ploiticians can't seem to understand it isn't about Democrat vs Republican, it is about the American people and what is best for them FIRST...

    Charlie Christ has done a good considering the turn of events since he got originally elected...

    Working together and taking the right things from "all" sides is the only way the people of this state and this country will ever get back where we need to be...

    September 7, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Doug

    Crist has shown signs of breaking from the GOP group mind think, and that got him in trouble with the GOP. But he's still a Republican at heart. Vote Meeks.

    September 7, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Award a cigar to the blogger that stated last week that Rubio would indeed re-schedule to debate too close to the actual election to make a difference!

    September 7, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Since when do teachers, police, and firefighters get paid with FEDERAL dollars?"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That should be all the answer you get. Now do your own research. Most states, especially and overwhelmingly RED states, have such horrifying budget problems that the federal gov't has to help them pay for their civil service employees...and myriad other things. Since 1960, federal subsidies to states and local governments have grown almost 1,200%. HAHAHA...and you thought the federal government hadn't already superceded states in every pracitcally meaningful way as a matter of necessity...hilarious.

    September 7, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. chill

    That's what happens when you run moderates out of the party. get used to it.

    September 7, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Clwyd

    It will be refreshing to have neither a democrat or a republican in as governor of Florida. However, how does a governor with no party support get things done?

    September 7, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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