WFTV looks at Scott, Crist gubernatorial campaign strategies


On Friday at an engineering firm in Winter Springs Gov. Rick Scott announced the latest employment figures.
Scott has made similar announcements in our central Florida area recently, while former Gov. Charlie Crist appears to be running a quieter campaign.
Channel 9's Deneige Broom sat down with WFTV political analyst Rick Foglesong to find out how the two very different strategies are affecting the race for governor.
Florida is still months from the height of election season but voters are already getting an idea of how the Florida gubernatorial race could shape up.
"I think we're going to see a lot of barbs go back and forth," said Foglesong.
Florida voters already know a lot about Scott and Crist. Foglesong said that means they'll use their time to attack each other.
Zeroing on jobs is a strategy Foglesong believes has helped Scott, a businessman who didn't have political experience before his 2010 win. But he said grabbing a second term might require more work.
"I think the challenge for his campaign is to convince voters that the economy really has rebounded and then second, that he gets credit," said Foglesong.
Crist, the former Republican governor turned Democrat, hasn't focused on any one topic.
"We've already seen with Rick Scott that he is a stick to the talking points kind of candidate, whereas with Charlie Crist, he's a candidate who kind of makes it up as he goes along every day," said Foglesong.
Channel 9's Deneige Broom looked at some recent polls and found in two of them Crist is running ahead of Scott but the margin is getting smaller. Foglesong said he thinks the distance between the two will get smaller as the election grows closer.