MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With only 60 days left before elections, both of the candidates for governor were in South Florida Thursday.
Governor Rick Scott and former governor Charlie Crist had scheduled appearances.
Crist was at an event at Midtown with a teacher’s union. Meanwhile, Scott was up in Broward, talking about cutting taxes.
With an endorsement by an education union for Crist in Miami and baby-holding for Scott in Broward County, the governor’s race enters the home stretch.
Although Crist has only been the Democratic nominee for governor for a little more than a week, his Republican opponent is already tying him to President Barack Obama.
“But Barack Obama and Charlie Crist, more debt, more spending and more taxes..,” said Scott.
Governor Scott is touring through the state, making a stop in Coral Springs to propose over a billion dollars in tax cuts.
Scott attacked Crist for the tax increases he made when Crist was governor from 2007 to 2011.
“Charlie Crist…he’s out there doing the Barack Obama playbook again… he says, ‘I like high taxes. I did it before. You elect me again, i’ll do it again,” said Scott.
But he didn’t tell supporters Crist was actually a Republican at the time.
“I have news for Rick. This is a race between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott, and he better figure that out fast because it’s coming fast,” said Crist.
Crist who turned independent before becoming a Democrat called the links between him and the president a distraction.
“I understand that you don’t want to talk about Florida. His record on Florida is terrible,” said Crist. “What he did to education, by cutting our funding..”
Scott’s events were scheduled in Miami and Coral Springs where he planned to speak about reducing taxes on families and small businesses by one billion dollars over the next two years.
On Friday, Former President Bill Clinton will be in town to campaign for Crist who isn’t shying away from it. He also said he would be happy if president obama would campaign for him.
The two candidates will come face-to-face on the campus of Broward College on October 15th.
CBS4 Anchor Eliott Rodriguez will moderate the debate and it can be seen on CBS4.
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