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Women’s Rights Focus of New Charlie Crist Ad

Charlie Crist campaigning for governor in Orlando in 2014, with running mate Annette Tadeo. Crist says he won't seek political office in 2016. Photo: Brendan Byrne, WMFE

Charlie Crist campaigning for governor in Orlando in 2014, with running mate Annette Taddeo. Crist says he won't seek political office in 2016. Photo: Brendan Byrne, WMFE

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Charlie Crist is making women’s rights a new issue in his campaign for governor.

His campaign released a new ad on Tuesday that highlights Governor Rick Scott’s record on women’s issues like access to abortion and coverage for birth control.

It’s the latest move in a gubernatorial race that some political analysts expect to be one of the most expensive ever.

90.7’s Democratic Political Commentator Dick Batchelor says the ad is deliberately polarizing. “One of the key demographics of the general election is the women’s vote,” says Batchelor. “I think this is the kind of issue every campaign uses to drive a wedge between the incumbent and the challenger.”

Republican political analyst Frank Torres says Crist is using the issue to fire up Democrat voters. “What he’s trying to accomplish here is to get people emotionally involved in this race,” says Torres. “Turnout for his voters – the Democratic voters – was disappointing in the primary and he’s concerned that a lot of people will stay home in November.”

Women’s rights is expected to be one of the topics for discussion at the Governor’s debates starting October 10th.

Planned Parenthood is one of the groups throwing its support behind Crist.


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Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. He also helps produce WMFE's public affairs show "Intersection," working with host ... Read Full Bio »

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