Crist Blows Away Gallagher in GOP Race

Charlie Crist
ST. PETERSBURG -

MEL MARTINEZ: Charlie! Charlie! Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the next governor of the state of Florida, Charlie Crist!

He was introduced by Senator Mel Martinez, and then repeatedly evoked the names of Jeb Bush and Ronald Reagan. But Charlie Crist was nothing but his own man last night at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. Crist continued his message of being tough on crime, and tough on sexual predators. And he put out a call for Democrats to join his campaign.

CRIST: Together, we will carry forth our message of hope, safety and opportunity. If you favor freedom over stifling government inflation, then join us. If you trust the people more than the bureaucracy, your place is here. The time is now, and together, we can change the face of Florida forever.

Crist then challenged Democratic nominee Jim Davis to a series of statewide debates.

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