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Crist brings campaign, education funding message to Orlando

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is hoping that education will help put him back in the Governor's office.
 
Channel 9's Myrt Price caught up with Crist as he and Lt. Gov. candidate Annette Taddeo brought their bus stop campaign to Orlando at Langford Park Thursday.
 
The Crist campaign sees education as an area where they can get the most traction, in hopes of landing more votes.
 
Crist, a Democrat, said he chose a school bus for the tour because he's talking about education. Crist took jabs at Gov. Rick Scott's policies. 
 
"Rick Scott cut about $1.3 billion from education. He cut it to the bone. It was inexplicable; it was just the wrong priorities. That's got to be improved," said Crist.
 
State Rep. Ritch Workman doesn't agree with Crist's claims. He said Crist made deep cuts to education when he was serving as governor.
 
"What he did do is cut education by a billion dollars, but not increase," said Workman.
           
WFTV political analyst Richard Foglesong said Crist is smart to attack Scott on education, because he can't touch him on jobs and the economy.
 
Unemployment has gone down and more jobs have been added since Scott became governor.
 
Foglesong said both politicians have cut and raised funding for schools.
 
Scott's claims is that he has spent more on totally funding, while Crist's claim is that he spent more per pupil.
           
"If you're a school parent, what matters is how much was spent per student," said Foglesong.
 
Foglesong said he believes people who care about jobs will likely vote for Scott and those who care about education will likely choose Crist.
 
Scott and Crist are expected to easily get through their respective primary races on Aug. 26 and will meet in the November general election.