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Gov. Scott joins Jacksonville early voting rally

Gov. Rick Scott campaigns in Jacksonville
Gov. Rick Scott campaigns in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The campaign for governor in the Sunshine State became more intense Saturday as both Gov. Rick Scott and challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, make stops in Jacksonville as part of early voting bus tours across the state.

In the morning Scott stopped at Whiteway Delicatessen in Riverside. Scott met briefly with supporters.

IMAGES: Slideshow of Scott's visit

Scott didn't move off his talking points when addressing the crowd.

"The debate showed a clear choice, Charlie took no responsibility when he was governor when 832,000 people lost their jobs. Nothing he could do when Jake Tapper asked about losing jobs 50,000 jobs he said it was the right thing to do. That's not right, Charlie," Scott said. "I grew up in a family that didn't have money. My family struggled for work, my parents said, 'Rick you have the chance to live the American dream by getting a good education,' that's what we've done. We've added 651,000 jobs; we have 261,000 job openings.  We have the highest funding for K-12 education in the history of the state. Let's remember Charlie cut education funding; he raised the tuition on your kids. He always believed that was the right thing to do. He said he'd do it again."

After Jacksonville, Scott will travel to Orlando and Lakeland.

Later Saturday, Scott's principal opponent, Democrat Charlie Crist held an early-voting rally at the Black Expo at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. [Full story]