ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist kicked off his second gubernatorial campaign -- this time, as a Democrat -- at a rally Monday. The announcement was made in Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg.
In his announcement, Crist said he wants the governor's job back to reinvest in education. Crist served as Florida's education commissioner from 2001 to 2003.
Crist also said he wants to create a global trade hub to bring more business to Florida. He emphasized Florida's Space Coast as being attractive to businesses looking for engineering talent.
"We deserve a governor who will embrace the best of all of us. We deserve a governor who will stand up for the people. I always
Crist filed paperwork to get in the race Friday. He's now the Democratic
Democratic leaders see Crist as a charismatic candidate who can appeal to independent voters and lead
But Republican officials paint Crist as a political opportunist with no principles. Scott is expected to spend as much as $25 million in attack ads to amplify that message in what will be one of the most-watched races in the country.
Cheers for former governor Crist were met with an advertisement from the Republican
His former party
"I don't know any politician in the history of America that's changed so many of their beliefs, so quickly, as my friend Charlie Crist. That's really the question for the people of
WFTV political analyst Rick Fogelsong says the notoriety of both candidates to voters means viewers could see the worst of both play out on the air.
"I think it's going to be a nasty race. Both candidates are known to voters, so they don't need to identify themselves to voters. So what they'll do is to attack the other guy," Fogelsong said.
As former education commissioner, Crist is putting a focus on funding schools and insisting to the crowd of supporters the party
"When you become governor, you're not the governor for one