Republicans Debate to Differentiate

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Charlie Crist opened the candidate to candidate questioning by asking Tom Gallagher if he would support doubling the homestead exemption for property owners. Gallagher responded that he supports a different type of tax relief.

Gallagher then countered by asking Crist questions on social issues. First, he asked about same sex marriage and later asked Crist if he would sign a law banning abortion.

CRIST: I am pro-life. Unlike his ad that characterizes me as pro-choice on television. While I am pro-life, I think it's also important to respect the views of others. And, I do.

Crist said he would put stronger emphasis on adoption. Gallagher offered this rebuttal.

GALLAGHER: You didn't answer the question again. Because what the question was is: What would you do if Roe vs. Wade fell and you had a bill in front of you? What you did is you gave a pro-choice answer. That's why I say you're pro-choice.

The candidates also differed on issues such as off-shore drilling. Crist opposes any drilling while Gallagher wants to establish a permanent no-drilling perimeter. The primary is in two weeks.

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