Charlie Crist makes first trip to Fla. Capitol

Crist signs autograph for US postal worker, praises health care

By Mike Vasilinda, Reporter, Capitol News Service
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Former Gov. Charlie Crist made his first trip to the state Capitol since declaring he wants he old job back on Nov. 4. Crist went to a familiar haunt.

One of the former governor's first actions on his first trip back to the state Capitol since declaring he's running for governor again was to sign an autograph for a postal worker.

"You're going to win. I'm going to vote for you," said Lolly Johnson, of the United States Postal Service.

Crist met Johnson on his way to the Florida Press Center, home of most of the state's major newspaper bureaus.

On his way in, Crist tried to create a contrast from the attacks he's already endured and how he'll run in his campaign.

"I've never seen an incumbent candidate whether it's county commission, governor or president start out with negative advertising like that," said Crist. "But, you know, this is a different kind of opponent and I guess that's what we should expect. I'm going to talk about the future of Florida though and about improving education."

A few blocks away in the State Capitol, Gov. Rick Scott touted a lower crime rate.

"The people want to come here as tourist," said Scott. "They come here because they have a safe state."

Scott also criticized President Obama on health care.

"He was deceitful when he said if you have -- if you like your insurance, you won't lose it," Scott said.

What's already becoming clear a year out from the election is that Floridians will face very different candidates.

"We got to have health care for people. We're the richest country in the world and we don't provide it and we should," said Crist.

Crist has already raised about a million dollars just over half a month. He's still $17 million behind the sitting governor.

Crist said he will be crossing Florida in the coming days, raising money and meeting with people.

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