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Scott, Crist Continue Sparring Ahead Of November Election

Sascha Cordner
WFSU-FM/Florida Channel

With about a month until the November general election, gubernatorial candidates, Republican Governor Rick Scott and Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, spent part of Tuesday sparring with each other.

“In Charlie’s case, Charlie said I’m a Ronald Regan Republican. He’s not. He said I’m against tax increases, he raised taxes. He said I’m against tuition increases. He raised tuition. He said I’m against more debt increases in the state by billions of dollars,” Scott said of the Republican-turned-Democrat, following Tuesday's Cabinet meeting.

And, at a campaign event touting higher education at Florida A and M University in Tallahassee Tuesday, Crist shot back at Scott.

“The most frightening thing that we should all think about is if this guy gets re-elected, he goes back to being the true Rick Scott that he is, which cut education to the bone, destroyed our environment, wouldn’t fight for the middle class, and doesn’t believe in raising the minimum wage. I mean, it would be a nightmare,” said Crist.

Both Scott and Crist have a number of official debates scheduled in October. Meanwhile, Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie will not be appearing in at least one debate in mid-October because his poll numbers weren’t high enough to qualify.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.