Florida GOP ad contends Joe Biden, Charlie Crist in ‘100% lockstep’

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This ad will air statewide, with English and Spanish scripts.

Florida Republicans are beginning the General Election campaign spotlighting the ideological proximity of U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and President Joe Biden.

A new spot from the Republican Party of Florida, entitled “87,000” (a reference to the number of new IRS agents to be hired), asserts the Democratic President and the newly minted gubernatorial nominee are in “100% lockstep,” with Crist voting for Biden priorities without fail in Congress.

Expect bilingual messaging in big markets.

“This is a significant and sustained statewide TV and digital advertising campaign, and Spanish-language ads will run in the Miami, Tampa, and Orlando media markets,” the RPOF promises in a media release accompanying the spot.

The 30-second spot begins with a narrator claiming Crist thinks Biden is “the best President of his lifetime.”

“Crist would do to Florida what Biden’s done to America,” the ad continues. “Crist teamed up with Biden to hire 87,000 new IRS agents to audit the middle class. Crist even supports Biden’s agenda to defund the police.”

The strategy to use President Biden as a drag on the nascent General Election campaign rolled out just after Crist extolled Biden Wednesday, a fact noted by DeSantis’ team.

Christina Pushaw, the former official-side Press Secretary who has moved to rapid response for the DeSantis campaign, pinned a tweet with part of a CNN interview where Crist described Biden as “exceptional.”

“Look what he’s done for the country. Look what he’s done for the world,” read the pull quote, which certainly will recur in DeSantis-side messaging between now and the November election.

“Let’s see just a few Biden accomplishments Charlie is so proud of: skyrocketing inflation, defunding the police, and 87,000 new IRS agents to audit the middle class. ‘Exceptional’ alright, Joe Biden and Charlie Crist are exceptionally bad for Florida,” chimed in Helen Aguirre Ferre, who also once handled comms for the Governor’s Office, but who now is the Executive Director of the RPOF.

See the new RPOF ad below:

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


16 comments

  • Charlie Crist

    August 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    I do not support defund the police. This is slander and I will sue the Florida GOP.

    • Tom

      August 24, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      Stop blowing Joey corsin, idiot Elliot.
      Blow hard.

    • Andrea Fuller

      September 7, 2022 at 10:56 am

      Hey Charlie…. Remember Sallie Mae? I DO! I was there when you lied to 1,800 people and cost us our jobs. I hope you get your KARMA!

  • Impeach Biden

    August 24, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    Like Val Demings, who will have to defend her congressional votes that have been in lock step with the current incompetent administration. Switch hitter, rudderless Charlie will have to embrace and support it as well. Now let’s see if either one will have Joe and Giggles come and campaign for them.

    • Mr. Haney

      August 25, 2022 at 3:08 pm

      Better yet, let’s see if you’re an American. It certainly doesn’t seem so.

  • Tom

    August 24, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    LMAO.

    You all have been previously forewarned by me.
    Biden’s 39% approval in Florida is atrocious, per Civiqs poll. Chameleon is in lockstep with Biden and out of step with Floridians. But, he doesn’t want DeSantis, GOP votes. Arrogant ass he is.
    To be clear,DeSantis will carry over 95% GOP. GOP don’t want this hateful hypocrite.

    Do away with this perennial chameleon loser once and for all.

  • marylou

    August 24, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    HaHaHa! Joe Biden defund the police! He keeps giving them more money and military equipment!
    Meanwhile Florida’s sociopath is criticizing, ridiculing, and threatening DOJ, Dept of Education, EPA, the military, FBI, IRS……+++ It’s like MAGAs can be waving around one of those blue line flags and chanting “Law & Order” at 8AM, then go shoot up the FBI with a nail-gun on the way back from Cracker Barrel???

  • Tom

    August 24, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    Total mental illness Marylou.
    You are really ill.
    Go hold abortion coffee meeting.

    • Mr. Haney

      August 25, 2022 at 3:10 pm

      95% of the GOP are idiots and/or traitors. The Florida GOP is the most corrupt political organization in the nation after the RNC.

      Anyone who is currently a Republican isn’t really much of an American.

      And Tom, let everyone know how many firced abortions you’ve had.

  • tom palmer

    August 24, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Hey, GOP, get some new material

  • Phil Morton

    August 25, 2022 at 3:08 am

    I obviously missed something. I thought this was a great positive ad for Charlie Crist. Joe Biden has accomplished more in two years than any President in recent memory. Charlie embracing Biden is a masterful move for this election.

  • Beth

    August 25, 2022 at 5:49 am

    The GOP would rather have DeSantis who is 100% in lockstep with a treasonous sexual predator who attempted to overthrow the US government and is still working every day to destroy this country for money? DeSantis is nothing but a spoiled child who will do or say anything for power and money. Just like trump his ego is so fragile he tries to destroy anyone who criticizes him. He is not a leader, he only knows how to sow chaos. He does not care at all about this state or its’ citizens. He is destroying the public school system and hurting children with his racism and bigotry. Ronnie cares about Ronnie only. Any intelligent person can see right through him. Let’s end the clown show in November. Find someone of substance who wants to help not hurt.

  • Y. Knot

    August 25, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    When Biden is doling out billions and billions of dollars to buy votes from the “oppressed” (college students who can’t pay their bills being the most recently oppressed), why wouldn’t Charlie be in lock step with him?

    • Mr. Haney

      August 25, 2022 at 3:11 pm

      And DeSantis is not? What planet are you on?

  • Tjb

    August 26, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Two lies in this ad.
    Biden never stated he would or wanted to defund law enforcement. Our previous President did defund law enforcement when he approved reduced funding to public safety groups that included law enforcement.
    The 87,000 new IRS employees that will be added over ten years, approximately 70% of these new employees are replacing IRS employees that have left the agency.
    Yes, people making less than $400,000 may be audited if they are cheating (breaking the law), but the primary focus will be upgrading infrastructure, better customer support, and audits on the big tax cheater in the upper 2% income bracket.
    Look like Christina Pushaw is creating lies to divide Floridians with her hateful message.

  • Andrea Fuller

    September 7, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Hey Charlie…. Remember Sallie Mae? I DO! I was there when you lied to 1,800 people and cost us our jobs. I hope you get your KARMA!

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