Charlie Crist slams Ron DeSantis for declining invite to ‘Before You Vote’ debate

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The “Before You Vote” debate series is the longest running in Florida history.

Democratic nominee Charlie Crist is slamming his opponent Gov. Ron DeSantis for declining to participate in an upcoming debate.

The “Before You Vote” debate series is the longest running in Florida history, and this year’s is expected to draw national attention. DeSantis participated in the same debate during the 2018 gubernatorial race.

Florida Politics’ Peter Schorsch first reported that DeSantis would not be participating in the Oct. 20 debate in a tweet. In response to the news, Crist issued a statement.

“Ron DeSantis can’t defend his record of banning abortions and ignoring Florida’s affordability crisis. DeSantis wants people to think he is tough, but you can’t play dress up like a fighter pilot and then chicken out of debates. These are the actions of a wannabe dictator, it’s weak, Floridians see through it, and it’s why we’re going to defeat him,” Crist said in a statement.

Soon after reporting on DeSantis’ decline to participate in the “Before You Vote” debate, news broke that the Governor’s campaign has accepted an Oct. 12 debate against Crist hosted by CBS 12, meaning the two should have at least one debate before the November Election.

As for the “Before You Vote” debate, it will air through 10 broadcast partners throughout the state.

WPBF will be the lead producing station and, as he has in the past debates, WPBF anchorman Todd McDermott will moderate the programs with a select panel of journalists, to be announced soon, according to debate organizers.

The debate will be simulcast on statewide public ration, on participating TV stations’ websites or Facebook pages and on daily newspaper websites or Facebook pages. A national rebroadcast on C-SPAN after the live debate has aired.

The debates are part of a large collaboration of partners across the state. And, this year, the Everglades Foundation has become a sponsor of the event, joining Florida Trend, The James Madison Institute, the Leroy Collins Institute, AARP Florida, the Florida Press Association, the Florida League of Cities and Palm Beach State College.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


138 comments

  • PeterH

    September 3, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    ‘I want to be the dictator, I don’t want to discuss my decisions that have impacted Florida residents, I don’t want to talk about how Florida discovered an anti-vaccine proponent Ladapro and made him Florida’s chief medical officer, I don’t want to be questioned why per capita Florida has a higher death rate than California, I don’t want to be questioned why Florida is short 9000 teachers and why third graders can’t read. I believe the main stream media has no authority to question my actions.’

    Signed,

    Ron DeSantis

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    • Rodney

      September 3, 2022 at 3:41 pm

      You must be joking? Florida has Flourished under this Governor. Charlie Christ is a meat sack moving with the wind for politics – You could easily say he is a Bidon Man….

      • Travis

        September 3, 2022 at 9:00 pm

        If you think they’ve flourished then you’re either ignorant or just stupid.

        • Tom

          September 3, 2022 at 10:16 pm

          Peter h you are a pathetic liar!
          No facts, just lies.

        • Tom

          September 3, 2022 at 10:25 pm

          Travis, you are badly misinformed.
          DeSantis saved Florida, schools, society, jobs, snd families.

          • Riley

            September 4, 2022 at 1:16 am

            In what way did he save Florida? You just kinda listed “schools, society, jobs and families” without saying what he actually did that benefitted those things. I mean hey, maybe he did save those things for you, but what if the same can’t be said for others? What if he did save Florida, but not for everyone? What if some of the things he did were a detriment to others who are in completely different situations than you? He should be helping everyone right? Aren’t politicians supposed to be for the people? Even those who don’t vote for them? I mean they should want to help all people, right? They’re not meant to only help those who agree with them, are they? If that were the case, then what about the people who even just slightly disagree? Doesn’t their opinion and situation matter too? If a politician I voted for won, I wouldn’t want your problems to just get ignored. It should be about solving every problem, shouldn’t it? Say that I have a problem, and you say that it doesn’t exist…then who is right in that situation? Shouldn’t we all band together to try and see if that problem does exist and how we can fix it? Together? One person’s problem may be another person’s solution, but why does it have to be that way? Why can’t we find a solution that solves everyone’s problems? The only way we can know if a solution solves everyone’s problems is if we listen to eachother and see where/who that solution isn’t helping, right?

            Listen I’m not saying you’re wrong or anything, but like, at least elaborate on what you said.

          • Elliott Offen

            September 5, 2022 at 9:25 pm

            @Tom: Wages were an abomination to humanity while Trump and DeSantis have been in office. You smoking meth buddy!!!

          • James Madison

            September 5, 2022 at 10:32 pm

            No Tom. DuhSatis is a very dangerous politician. He was actually voted the most dangerous politician in America. More dangerous than Trump. His style of my way or I retaliate is of an authoritarian mindset. DuhSantis hates the constitution, particularly the 1st amendment. Our founding fathers wrote the constitution to protect the citizens of the USA from authoritarian type rule and DuhSantis is truly trying to destroy that. Florida’s largest employer by a long shot simply said they disagree with one of DuhSantis’s bills. DuhSantis self-admiringly retaliated against Disney for saying that and is trying to kill a long standing legislative agreement that was penned in 1968 that gave Disney the right to self-govern and not take public resources and tax dollars from the surrounding tax payers. Who loses there? Not Disney, but Orange and Osceola. He knows those area’s are Dem counties so he’s “sticking it to them”. Same with the election police arresting 20 democrats for what he claims is illegal voting by felons. Turns out those felons were issued voting cards buy the state and it was the states fault. But his election police were given 300 verified double voters in The Villages and crickets. Why? The Villages is solid red. He has found ways to remove duly elected officials and replace them with his republican cronies. So far 5. Plain dirty politics. I can go on and on. Politics aside, this should be a HUGE concern for any American. It sets a precedent that if one side can do it, then the other side can do it and our democracy is history. Image you go to vote and your are tuned away just because of your political affiliation? Think real hard about that, because that’s what DuhSantis is aiming for. And it will eventually circle around and bite you in the arse.

          • dl

            September 9, 2022 at 7:51 pm

            yeah thats why teachers are allowed to be undereducated to teach a already dumbass state.

          • Desantez is a pedophile

            September 18, 2022 at 12:27 pm

            Yes he is such a great leader we have the highest cost of living and mortality rate now. Such a good leader

        • John

          September 4, 2022 at 9:30 pm

          Peter! Chuckles is a flip flopping liar! And he does like peters!

        • Vivian

          September 9, 2022 at 4:11 pm

          They are ignorant and stupid and I’d have to add deaf and blind

      • Riley

        September 4, 2022 at 12:47 am

        Well if you think Florida has been flourishing while the person you’re replying to says otherwise, then who’s right? Two people are saying completely opposite things right now. When you have 1 person hanging on a rope while someone else on the other end is doing the same, then nobody actually gets anywhere, do they?. Because neither of you are moving, you’re countering eachothers weight. So instead of bickering at eachother and saying “your guy is wrong and my guy is right!”, how about you two (as well as everyone else tbh) entertain the idea that maybe there isn’t a 100% right or wrong here? Yall are debating politics and I’m seeing a lot of words here, but not enough question marks. How do y’all know that you’re even talking about the same things? Avy115 is talking about flaws in specific topics. Rodney, you didn’t even mention those specific things! Florida could be flourishing in a completely different area than the stuff that Avy115 talked about. My town is flourishing in terms of its growing art community, but our knitting community ain’t doing so great lol. You gotta acknowledge the good AND the bad from your ‘side’ and the other’s. Otherwise, how else are things supposed improved? Instead of thinking about how the eachothers guy is wrong, lets talk about the things that YOUR guy could be wrong about. I’m talkin’ to both of you.

        Avy115, try thinking to yourself: Are there things that I stand for, that Charlie Crist doesn’t? Will all the problems that I have with Florida be solved if Crist replaces Desantis? Is there anything that I really don’t like about Crist? Would Crist as governor be beneficial to everyone? Is there anyone other than I, that will be affected negatively by what Crist stands for? Are there things that Crist doesn’t talk about that need serious improvements?”

        And Rodney, I want you to try thinking to yourself: “hmm, is everything really okay in Florida right now? Or are there any flaws (even if you really can only think of just a few) in the things that Desantis is pushing for? Is there anything that I really don’t like about Desantis? Are there some big problems that other people deal with that I currently don’t? Is there anything that Desantis stands for that is in any way a detriment to others? Does EVERYONE benefit from Desantis? HAS everyone benefitted from him? Is there anything that’s in dire need of attention that Desantis hasn’t talked about?”

        Personally, I’m indifferent. I wouldn’t vote for either of these people. I actually don’t vote period, like ever. I haven’t ever voted before because of the same reason why I’d rather chose to see a doctor who is willing to refer me to someone else rather than prioritizing their own pride and ego over my health. The goal shouldn’t be to prove the other person wrong, it should be to actively try and see if you are. By looking for the holes (yes, they exist. They always do. Nobody is perfect.) in your own side of the debate, you’re showing that you don’t care about being right. As you shouldn’t! Being the one that’s correct isn’t the goal! Finding the right answer as a group is. If you think otherwise, then I kindly ask you to prove me wrong. Christ it would at least bring us closer to an answer that we can all agree on.

        • Riley

          September 4, 2022 at 1:19 am

          Sorry, I just realised that I said Avy115, but I think that guy is just a bot lol. I meant Peter, just replace Avy115 with Peter.

        • Tom

          September 4, 2022 at 1:49 pm

          Yes, everyone has benefited.
          Seniors, parents, kids, families, workers, business owners, and people.

          Florida was saved.

          • Jams Madison

            September 5, 2022 at 10:34 pm

            How? You say so, but as usual no examples. Give just a few REAL LIFE examples.

        • John

          September 4, 2022 at 9:35 pm

          Riley why don’t you and Petey and flip flop hang out. Flip flop can show you how to vote with Brandon, Mule Face, cracksine and nasty Nancy! See you on the 9th!

      • Good stuff that

        September 4, 2022 at 4:12 am

        “Florida has flourished under this governor”

        Only his wife’s cancer did that lol

      • Con TrumpSantis

        September 5, 2022 at 10:13 pm

        Huh? Is that a bad joke??? Asking for a friend.

    • Tom

      September 3, 2022 at 10:14 pm

      You pathetic liar.
      Oh Charlie chameleon called peter s. and complained. We thought we had him sandbagged in this fixed media forum.

      Peter s. you continue to lie like a women’s ovary!
      Weingarten, Biden,,Crisp and the sex abuser protector Hernandez Mast demanded schools close! America’s Gov opened schools, was sued by Matz and he won. He opened the schools.

      Over a dozen states have greater vacancies than Florida. Gov had hired many thousands. Covid created many vacancies.

      You just write retarded messages. Full of lies, deceit and dishonesty. You ovary! This from the Lincoln Wilson bed wetter.

      • Con TrumpSantis

        September 5, 2022 at 10:49 pm

        TomTom,

        DuhSantis closed schools. Then made in person OPTIONAL. Most opted out. So did many other states after the classrooms were set up to slow the virus spread. I realize you only get your news from a few unreliable tabloid sources but that does not change the truth. Most of the states with teacher shortages are red states. I wonder why. Even at a dozen worst, there are 50 states. So that still puts Florida at a the bottom. I can’t for the life of me figure out why you are so proud of that. COVID death rates? California = 90K Florida 80K. But wait, California has DOUBLE the population 40 million vs 20 million and 2 million MORE seniors than Florida. If all things were equal Californian should have had over 180K deaths. But slam Californians for their mitigation efforts that clearly worked. It is your posts that are full of misinformation, lies, deceit and are just plain ignorant. (The use of the word retarded is really disrespectful). But a jackazz like you would not know that). And your usage of the word “ovary” in the context you use is just plain stupid, My guess is you have zero higher education. Am I correct? Be honest now.

    • Tom

      September 3, 2022 at 10:33 pm

      You are a sick, smear full person.
      Just lies and gross exaggerations!
      California is the worst non example to Florida. You are just a female ovary.

    • Tom

      September 3, 2022 at 10:54 pm

      Liar peter h.

      • Arnold Schwarzenegger

        September 4, 2022 at 7:11 am

        @Tom: Seek mental health care before you are arrested and sent to right wing Florida gulag…

        • Tom

          September 4, 2022 at 7:45 am

          How’s the maid Arnold? Pounding her in the pantry? Arnold? The last picture I saw wax ours desperation.

          How the bastard son? Any others?
          Losers, corsin, idiot Elliot, Alex!
          You must be bastard sins too!
          Your affinity to Arnold!

        • John

          September 4, 2022 at 9:41 pm

          Arnold you liar! You cheated on a Kennedy which is almost impossible. Stick with the maid, Peter and Uncle Paul and Aunt Gavin sash…e

          • Desantez is a pedophile

            September 18, 2022 at 12:30 pm

            It’s funny u think that’s actually him. Lololol I’m Obama btw

    • Hope

      September 4, 2022 at 7:43 am

      PeterH,

      You mean DeSantis…the beacon of light to stave off CRT, The Grooming of the children, draconian lockdowns, harmful masks, the right to be vaccinated and the right to not be vaccinated, kindness, fiscally responsible, stands up to Big Tech and biased media just to warm up.

      You should look around and become informed. DeSantis Best Governor in America!

      • Ocean Joe

        September 4, 2022 at 9:40 am

        Kindness? Watch the photo-op video with the high school kids again. And hey, the grooming comments about our public school teachers is more insulting than all the Joe/Elliot comments put together. No wonder they are leaving the profession in droves. You ever spend even a day running a classroom? You couldn’t handle it.

        • Tom

          September 4, 2022 at 1:45 pm

          The national avg is much higher compared to Florida.
          Several states are much higher
          Gov has addressed and state is hiring.
          His leadership is outstanding.

          More liberal lies.
          Sorry Joe, you’ve gone full mental
          When you side with derelicts corsin, Elliot. Fundamentally corrupt!
          They collapse under scrutiny.
          Sorry to say.

          • James Madison

            September 5, 2022 at 11:23 pm

            You think 12 red states below Florida is considered much much higher??? That means 38 states BEAT Florida. 38! That means Florida IS NOT even in the middle. It’s in the bottom 1/3. Did you fail math in school?? You must have or you are just plain ignorant.

      • marylou

        September 4, 2022 at 11:09 am

        “grooming” What do you mean by this? Who is “grooming” children? What are they “grooming” children for?
        Desantis is preying upon your ignorance of what grooming is. It shows his level of depravity when he turns a tragic experience into just another cheap campaign slogan.

        • Elliott Offen

          September 4, 2022 at 12:14 pm

          “Hope” is a victim of far right propaganda. Mind has been completely annihilated…not coming back.

          • marylou

            September 4, 2022 at 1:53 pm

            She’s an inspiration though…thought of her immediately when I saw this:
            Lucas (Luke) Dane Bowen, Political Director of Texas Right to Life, was arrested on 8/3/2022 for alleged solitication of a minor.

            The “groomers” are all on your side, Hope.

      • James Madison

        September 5, 2022 at 11:08 pm

        LOL. Those cute republican “buzz words”. Let’s waste time and money passing CRT legislation. A solution in search of a problem. There is no problem with CRT. Can you even site one passage from CRT? NO you can’t. Why, it’s only taught in college level LAW SCHOOL. NOT ONE K – 12 SCHOOL IN FLORIDA TEACHES CRT. CRT’s been around for over 50 years, why is it a problem now? Tucker Carlson mentioned a false narrative on his show last year. Need I say more? That buzz world “grooming”. Can you even make up your own lies? No one is “grooming “ children. Heck, when investigated by an independent organization they found nothing of the sort in Florida public schools as claimed by some alt-right extremist. Masking was not harmless and it helped slow the spread. You had no issues with your children getting the other mandatory vaccines to attend school. If you are not a foreigner you=, yourself have gotten mandatory vaccines. You only scream about this one because certain alt-right idiots politicized it. Don’t get me started about kindness, lol. Did you know see DuhSantis YELL at kids wearing masks at his stupid press conference? Please, that’s just plain wrong what he did. Fiscally responsible? Did you give Trump as pass when he added $7.8 trillion to the debt, pre-pandemic, during the BOOMING economy he inherited from Obama? Oh, big tech? You mean the PRIVATE companies that can do what they wish on THIER own platform? You do realize every bill he signed with that was thrown out by the republican majority supreme court??? LOL. You must love authoritarianism. That’s DuhSantis.

    • KatieS

      September 5, 2022 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Peter,
      DeSantis is a world class putz. Don’t forget to mention his stupid fight with Disney which will cost the Florida taxpayers at least 1 billion in municipal bond debt plus the 170 million a year since property taxes are capped, so the debt will be spread throughout Florida. His authoritarian and unconstitutional legal actions requires more taxpayer funds to defend his policies as the residents of Florida are obligated to sue to have basic human rights. His latest stunt is to sue the FDA, suing the US government with FL government funds, pretending this will lower drug costs for seniors. People can already order drugs from Canada. Why doesn’t he sue with his private war chest the big Pharma companies? So much for small government and fiscally conservative Republicans!!! If these so called Republicans want to support this invasive and power mad maniac, they should pay all of the taxes, fees, and attorney costs for this poisonous showboat and leave normal people alone.

    • jamesW

      September 9, 2022 at 8:25 am

      Sorry you have to use media LIES! Florida does NOT have a Higher death rate then California, when you look at the numbers PER CAPITA<<<<<Look it up spreader of LIES! For 2 years now California has lost well over 1 MILLION Residents, that has NEVER HAPPENED in that State! Florida however has jumped to number 3 in the Country over taking the state of New York, who is now 4th! LIARS and COWARDS like you have no independent thoughts, because you are too IGNORANT and LAZY to research FACTS! DeSantis has become the most popular Governor in the Country!! THAT IS FACT MORON!

      • KatieS

        September 9, 2022 at 9:00 am

        The death rate from COVID in California was 243 per 100,000. Florida was 370 deaths per 100,000 people. Those are the facts. You seem to have an unhealthy attachment to Ron and his proclaimed machismo. He is making his wealthy friends wealthier by costing the state of Florida a fortune. Guess who the popular governor’s top donor was: Hedgefund Manager Griffin who has a big, big investment in Regeneron. What’s Regeneron? A post infection treatment for COVID. He is STEALING and allowing people to DIE so he can enrich his friends. And you are insanely defending a THIEF and a FASCIST. But don’t have a stroke getting so worked up. It doesn’t matter if he is “popular” — Stalin was popular too. Ron criminalized protesting. Why don’t you ask your great governor to debate Crist and be a real man. What is he scared of? Ron is a COWARD.

  • Charlie Crist

    September 3, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    Vote for me. I will send white supremacists, anti-government militia terrorists, and Cuban neo nazis to Cuba on a reverse banana boat. We are a banana Republic because of Trump anyway… might as well. Let’s make America blue again.

    • Hope

      September 4, 2022 at 7:50 am

      Charlie,
      You are not helping yourself as you are a mockery. When trolls act like this for a candidate it works against them. The last time they did this to a candidate the conservative candidate garnered 80% of the vote and the troll candidate had absconded to another County before the election was over having been arrested then going to trial and serving prison time. You are making a fool of yourself and your candidate and your party. You should rethink your strategy.

      • Ocean Joe

        September 4, 2022 at 9:37 am

        Nobody decides how to vote based on comments, unless they are a gullible, mouth breathing, Q-Anon, proud boy type moron.
        Now, since Martin Hyde picked up 14%, and Laura Loser picked up 41% of the votes in GOP congressional races, you should rethink who’s making a fool of their party.

      • James Madison

        September 5, 2022 at 11:33 pm

        LOL…

        Obama indictments in 8 years = 0
        Trump indictments in 4 years = 33

        oops….

  • Tjb

    September 3, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    DeSantis fundraising theme from November 2021 was “ Florida’s Governor has a pair”.

    I guess he might have lost the “pair” now that he is going against Charlie and not Nikki.

    • Hope

      September 3, 2022 at 1:39 pm

      Have we recovered from the Gillum v DeSantis debate 4 years ago?

      DeSantis held Gillum’s feet to the fire on the tickets to the New York Broadway play “Hamilton” that ultimately cost Gillum the election and then an ethic’s fine.

      Recollections of Crist debates are dust-ups with debate officials over his “fans” that he must have and makes it a stipulation to debate.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 3, 2022 at 3:18 pm

        Gillum has nothing to do with me you nitwit…

      • James Madison

        September 5, 2022 at 11:39 pm

        Let’s be truthful. DuhSantis won over a crack addict and thief by only .03%. Let that sink in. .03%. LOL. At least I CAN admit when someone in my party is a criminal. All parties have criminals. What matters is how many. But can you say it? Trump is a criminal. I dare you to admit it. Bet you can’t despite all the real evidence. If you can’t say it, that means you support criminals 100% as long as the criminal is in YOUR party and that makes you a dishonest hypocrite. The party of law and order….lmao.

  • Ron, Be Gone

    September 3, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    DumSantis needs to go on record about what he plans to do after the election. He needs to list out all the extremist and harmful legislation he and his acolytes will shovel through the minute he no longer has to worry about winning Florida. If elected, he will call a special session to finish burning down the rights and protections of the regular people in Florida.

    Then he’ll immediately resign to begin his presidential campaign. Top Dum gonna be gone looking at the carnage in his rear view.

  • Jim

    September 3, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    Toward the end of the story you write:

    “As for the “Before You Vote” debate, it will air through 10 broadcast partners throughout the state.”

    But the whole thrust of the story is that DeSantis has declined the “Before You Vote” debate. Am I missing something?

  • Bruce Davis

    September 3, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    The State of Florida should have a minimum of 3 debates between DeSantis and Crist to help voters to decide who should be the next governor of Florida.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 3, 2022 at 6:01 pm

      How many will really watch though?

      • marylou

        September 4, 2022 at 1:20 pm

        More than Desantis is hoping…

  • tom palmer

    September 3, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    DeSantis is chicken-hearted. when it counts. If he really has a policy worth defending, he should do so. Otherwise, otherwise.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 3, 2022 at 2:55 pm

      Tim Canova? Does that name ring a bell. He gave Wasserman-Schultz a run for her money years ago. Wasserman-Schultz ignored him. So should we call Debbie a dictator?

      • Elliott Offen

        September 3, 2022 at 3:20 pm

        ^ Here this ding dong goes again with the stupid dictator comments. Who tried to steal an election by saying that it was stolen??? Let’s hear another silly lie!!!

        • Impeach Biden

          September 3, 2022 at 5:47 pm

          Chances are Offen, Corsin, Crist have never heard of Tim Canova and how the District 23 Dictator tried to ignore him. He certainly gave her a scare and she wanted no debates with him

          • Ocean Joe

            September 4, 2022 at 9:30 am

            I remember him. Disappointed he hasn’t run again for something. But your point is that Wasserman was scared of him. Surely you don’t think Desantis is scared of Crist, or do you? If you watch the debates with Gollum, your man is not exactly a whiz when he has to share the stage.

          • marylou

            September 4, 2022 at 1:15 pm

            “Gave her a scare” is this what Desantis’s refusal to debate is about? Hard to tell. He does have many unpopular positions on important issues: his book banning, abortion bans, outrageous rents…

  • Impeach Biden

    September 3, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    So I guess we can call Debbie Wasserman-Schultz a dictator as well. She often snubs candidates that run against her.

    • Tjb

      September 3, 2022 at 2:58 pm

      Aren’t we discussing DeSantis, Impeach?

      • Impeach Biden

        September 3, 2022 at 3:02 pm

        Very similar circumstances 😄. Remember Crist ignored Fried as well. She wanted multiple debates and he didn’t. She had nothing to lose and of course Crist did.

        • Joe Corsin

          September 3, 2022 at 3:23 pm

          Yeah need Nikki Fried golden shower with simultaneous Fat Cammack face sit 🍩🐷

  • Impeach Biden

    September 3, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    Didn’t Charlie basically ignore Fried on the number of debates? Crist had a commanding lead over Fried. Same thing applies here. Why give Crist multiple chances to derail you?

    • Joe Corsin

      September 3, 2022 at 3:22 pm

      I wanted to see Fat Cammack run…on a treadmill after a ten course breakfast.

    • Tjb

      September 3, 2022 at 4:32 pm

      Commanding lead? What polls are looking at?

      • Tom

        September 3, 2022 at 5:27 pm

        DeSantis is up 8 to 10 pts.
        Stop reading fake push Dem polls.
        Chameleon has no chance!

        • Concern Citizen

          September 3, 2022 at 5:37 pm

          What poll or polls are supporting your statement.

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 6:25 pm

            All the non Dem push polls have Gov up between 8 to 20 pts. There were 3. Mason Dixon bring the best. Hispanics and independents are huge for Ron.

            The poll released last week is a Dem partisan push poll, Quest, DeSantis is s bad guy, will you vote for crisp or bad guy Ron. Duh
            It’s not close pal.
            Don’t be naive.
            Gov wins 54% plus.
            Marco at least 53%.
            This is all Dem push, FP bull shit
            Crisp and peter schorsch are pals.
            His wife worked for Charlie.

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 6:47 pm

            Mason Dixon, St. Pete, Univ poll.
            Come on man.
            I am the FP legend!
            What are you a chameleon supporter?
            He has no chance!
            Stop reading push partisan polls.

        • Impeach Biden

          September 3, 2022 at 5:53 pm

          DeSantis does have a commanding lead and will be re-elected. Of course the Ft Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel would never publish a poll showing a Republican leading a race. It’s a rag paper, completely worthless.

        • James Madison

          September 5, 2022 at 11:45 pm

          DuhSantis had a comfortable 20 point lead just a couple of months ago. That’s now down to a shade under points today according no not just one poll but an average of ALL the polls. That’s some pretty big shrinkage in a short period of time.

          • James Madison

            September 5, 2022 at 11:49 pm

            …shade under 8 points. Typo, sorry.

    • marylou

      September 4, 2022 at 12:35 pm

      Wasserman-Schultz and Fried were primaries within the Democratic Party. That party gets to okay–or not– what they do to inform Dem voters.

      The 2022 general election involves both parties and all Florida voters. Floridians need to hear Crist’s explantions for his past positions and just what he plans to do as governor. Desantis needs to answer for his record as governor and his plans for whatever portion of a second term that he plans to serve in Florida.

      Both should welcome the opportunity to debate–it’s like a really long free tv ad! It does “raise red-flags” when one, or both, turns down free advertising. At this point, neither candidate should be allowed to just hold pep rallies for their own base. Both should be honestly addressing all Florida voters, and answering their questions. Three debates should be the minimum. More would be better. There’s no excuse for either of these two to avoid answering to the Florida voters.

  • Ron DeSantis is a Coward (and he sucks)

    September 3, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    Ron DeSantis is a coward.

    • Tom

      September 3, 2022 at 3:55 pm

      Corsin, idiot Elliot, Ron gone, tjb, all others are a bunch of babies. How old are you all on avg, 15? My goodness.
      All the lefty orgs tried to set up a hit job. For there favorite songs. Not happening.

      Wah, Wah. Cry eye. Top Gov strikes again.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 3, 2022 at 5:08 pm

        It is you who appears to be 15. Just no insight buddy seek help before your behavior and lack of insight leads to arrest. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!!

        • Tom

          September 3, 2022 at 5:24 pm

          You are full of manure.
          I speak facts, you sniff underwear.

          • Charlie Crist

            September 3, 2022 at 6:12 pm

            Out of 10 things you say…one might be true. The rest barely even legible..

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 6:28 pm

            Corsin clueless crisp, you are the biggest loser.
            You have no facts, no substance.
            You just don’t like my facts.
            While you talk bout Trump and disparage Kat!
            Loser!

          • Tom is glue

            September 4, 2022 at 6:47 pm

            I am rubber you are glue. Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you!

    • Tom

      September 3, 2022 at 6:52 pm

      Yes impeach!
      My gosh, these idiots act like DeSantis is losing!
      How ignorant.
      Chameleon no chance!

      • Charlie Crist

        September 3, 2022 at 8:02 pm

        Your facts are not facts…just the opinion of an idiot. Worth nothing..

        • Tom

          September 3, 2022 at 8:09 pm

          Spoken from the perennial loser!
          Turn coat hypocrite.
          Facts kick your pathetic abuser ass with Matz.
          What a moronic selection.
          Sexual abuses for Chameleon Matz.

      • marylou

        September 4, 2022 at 8:24 pm

        He IS losing among Independents

    • Tom

      September 3, 2022 at 8:05 pm

      Wah loser
      Whiz kid Gov, whizzes upon you and Soros Manchurian nation.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 3, 2022 at 9:35 pm

        Childish nonsense. Seek help for disorder and intellectual disability..

  • Tom

    September 3, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Gov Ron has agreed to Oct 12 forum.
    There must be a good reason on not attending the Oct 20th forum. I would think a second forum will be held.

    Chameleon lied above in saying, Gov has banned abortion and created affordability crisis.
    Just false lies.
    Left wing gas lighting will not be tolerated. Chameleon is clearly desperate in lying.

    Sounds like it was being organized like a left wing rah, rah session.

    We need neutral, objective hosts and forums.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 3, 2022 at 5:11 pm

      Seek help. You’ve been manipulated and abused by the far right…far right propaganda. Recovery is up to you. You must take the first step.

      • Tom

        September 3, 2022 at 5:15 pm

        Hardly, I know facts
        You and your scum bag corsin are degenerates!
        Facts are funny things!

      • Riley

        September 4, 2022 at 1:37 am

        You’re not helping by saying that. Idk whose mind you think you’re gonna change with that my friend.

        “You’re brainwashed, I’m right, you’re wrong, get help, you’re being manipulated, it’s all just [insert political party here] propaganda”

        Like, bro. The Right says the EXACT same kinda things about the Left, to a T. You two are like that one robot boxing board game from the 90s-early 2000s. Just doing the exact same shit, punching in the exact same way, the only difference being that one of you is red and the other is blue. “I’m right!”, “no I’m right!”, “no I’m right!”, “no I’m right!”. Like, who is supposed to win in that situation? Lol. I’m not saying that I agree or disagree with you, but you can’t say that and just expect them to listen to you.

    • Concern Citizen

      September 3, 2022 at 5:47 pm

      You say DeSantis agreed to an Oct 12 forum; can you give me the source for this debate date?. Also, is Ron campaigning for President in another state on Oct 20, thus he is unable to participate in a debate for Floridian voters?

      • Tom

        September 3, 2022 at 6:16 pm

        He’s agreed to a cbs forum on oct 12.
        To bad cup cake. Get over it.
        Legacy media, Corp media don’t get to decide. Sounds like it was a sandbagger set up, like the Dem push polls,. I’m sure another fair, objective forum is possible.

        Frankly, I’d advise 10 debates with this son of a crum chameleon loser! Three face hypocrite. Repubs will run over hot rocks to vote this crumb chameleon.
        Chameleon is done!
        Like toasting Faucci, same for chameleon.

      • Tom

        September 3, 2022 at 6:34 pm

        He’s agreed to cbs forum, oct 12, I believe. I can’t speak to his schedule on 10/20. I doubt he’s not in state. He has only left state a handful times.
        Legacy, Corp media don’t get to decide on forums. It sounds like a left wing sandbag forum.
        Fair, objective forums are legit,
        Charlie’s howling says it all.
        Wah!

  • Tom

    September 3, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    What a bunch of sorry ass, whining, 5% soros Manchurians. Wah, Wah, just grow up babies.
    He ain’t going to a left wing extremist session.
    Period! Full stop!

    • Elliott Offen

      September 3, 2022 at 5:06 pm

      ^ This kid is not working with a full deck. He’s wiped out in the scunion.. lights are on but no one is home.

      • Tom

        September 3, 2022 at 5:13 pm

        Facts are funny things!
        You lose! I am truth, light !
        Ask newsoms in laws which state is better!
        You are clueless! Corsin, idiot Elliot.

        • Elliott Offen

          September 3, 2022 at 6:14 pm

          ^ Even more nonsense and narcissistic manure…

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 6:41 pm

            Your manure is packed in, corsin makes sure. He shoves it when bend over!

            You idiot, Gavin’s in laws bought a Naples home, they gave money to Gov Ron. They left Cali from son in law.
            LMAO, you and corsin are idiots!

          • Elliott Offen

            September 3, 2022 at 8:04 pm

            You are a disgusting ape..

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 8:12 pm

            Facts are funny things!
            You and Corsin, jam session.

          • Elliott Offen

            September 3, 2022 at 9:37 pm

            You wouldn’t know a fact if it jumped in your azz and shot a machine gun. Just too disabled…

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 11:28 pm

            Kicked your packed ass all day.

          • Elliott Offen

            September 4, 2022 at 7:19 am

            ^ Nobody wants to work with this guy because he is an azzhole 🍩

          • Tom

            September 4, 2022 at 7:50 am

            Tell corsin to unpack your ass!
            You loser idiot Elliot.

  • Tom

    September 3, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Meanwhile the Cato institute has rated Florida #1 in economic and fiscal freedom. All thanks to Gov Ron, America’s greatest Governor!
    $21 billion in state fiscal reserves!
    The best!

  • Tom

    September 3, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Meanwhile the Cato institute has rated Florida #1 in economic and fiscal freedom. All thanks to Gov Ron, America’s greatest Governor!
    $21 billion in state fiscal reserves!
    The best!

    • Joe Corsin

      September 3, 2022 at 5:04 pm

      The Cato Institute is a front group for the super rich to buy politicans and govern the country. Your great grandchildren will be slaves thanks to your stupidity.

      • Tom

        September 3, 2022 at 5:37 pm

        Your grandkids are shoe shiners!
        Shove it up pie hole!
        Cato breaks down economic facts!

        Florida’s unemployment rate is 2.7%, all jobs pre Covid and more, are recaptured! 7.8% wage growth, outstanding.

        Floridians are happy, working, prospering, enjoying life!
        Unlike the 5% loser Soris Manchurian nation on FP, you all are all full of Adam schiff!

        • Joe Corsin

          September 3, 2022 at 6:15 pm

          🤡

          • Tom

            September 3, 2022 at 6:55 pm

            Wah loser

          • Joe Corsin

            September 3, 2022 at 8:06 pm

            What is “wah?” This something new in Middle school? Elementary school? Special education?

  • Elliott Offen

    September 3, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Why should DeSantis debate Crist? He has zero chance in this race. Florida is doing better than most States because of DeSantis leadership and sensible policies. Crist would suck the life out of our state just so he curry favor with the Dem Commies in Washington.

    He is a spineless and self-serving. Florida is so done with the Silver Lizard

    • Tom

      September 3, 2022 at 4:43 pm

      LMAO
      Yes, thank you for your honesty.
      Name, Chameleon says it all.
      Good riddance to this loser!

    • Tjb

      September 3, 2022 at 4:57 pm

      Are you the same Elliot Offen that was on the Howard Stern and talked about Joe Corsin?

      • Elliott Offen

        September 3, 2022 at 6:21 pm

        Yes..high caliber running in vagina high negligee and girls g-string lingerie out there in front of the whole fkn world!!! You’re a white leghorn, a fkn beef stew, a rusty nail RIIIIIGHT!!!

  • PeterH

    September 3, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    Since Reagan made abortion a religious and Republican Party issue instead of a family decision between a woman and her physician……. I don’t understand why Republicans who have fought for five decades to overturn Roe v Wade are not campaigning and championing their historic win with ads and candidate endorsements?

    Here in Florida we never hear from Rubio, Scott or DeSantis on this historic win for the GOP!

  • Kyle Prescott

    September 3, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    When is Charlie going to address the reports of the constant flow of early 20’s males coming in and out of his St Pete apartment? Nothing wrong with being gay but why not admit it?

  • Kyle Prescott

    September 3, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Gonna be an interesting fall.

  • Wanda

    September 3, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Ron DeSantis is a loser he will not win this time he will be kicked out just like his brother Trump was ,vote blue lets get rid of this moron.

    • Tom

      September 3, 2022 at 11:32 pm

      Smelly fish wanda, dush yourself!
      You are clueless!
      Chameleon no chance.

  • John Barron

    September 4, 2022 at 4:43 am

    What a coward, refusing to debate. Florida needs a man with a spine. Not DeSantis.

  • Melania

    September 4, 2022 at 4:46 am

    Everyone pay attention! DeSantis is in here posting as “Tom” trying to boost his sagging, gutless campaign. Make sure to say hi!

  • Tom

    September 4, 2022 at 4:58 am

    LMAO, losers Barron and Melania
    America’s Gov is winning easily vs chameleon.
    It’s not close.
    He’s agreed to debate moron, on Oct 12.
    Barron so ignorant.

  • Brandon

    September 4, 2022 at 8:21 am

    Maybe Wilton Simpson should debate good ole Charlie, he got more votes statewide.

  • Kyle Prescott

    September 4, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Charlie is the right choice

  • Iblis

    September 4, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    Roger Stone dropped a nugget a while back. It’s obvious the Mango Mussoilini hates Fat Ron. Emerald Robinson will make the news soon. Ronny and his little lies will surface as Republican’s eat themselves..

  • marylou

    September 4, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    It’s not surprising. Many of the governor’s positions are unpopular with voters, and he has gone silent on some big ones like his radical bans on books and abortion.

    For example, polls show that voters are not aware of his extremist 100% “pro-life” abortion position—-and that when pollsters inform them, voter approval drops. Same with book banning and vetoing contraceptives for lower income women. There’s that advantage to Desantis for limiting his contact with Florida voters.

  • Tom

    September 4, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Push polls, just like get pushed Mary lou in your midnight pool call.
    You have nothing. You know nothing.
    Crisp is pro life so he says, but he’s pro choice he says. He’s a Repub. he’s an independent. No he’s a Dem.
    He’s a hypocrite liar period.
    He chameleon has no chance.
    Fools like you and Kyle only think so.
    You lie on his positions Mary who,

    • marylou

      September 6, 2022 at 10:37 am

      Please feel free to point out any lies.

      Crist is looking forward to answering Florida voters’ questions on his decisions while in office. Desantis is hiding his.

      Let’s look at Desantis’s Voter Fraud spectacle: He failed in his responsibility to notify the counties. That was his job! He set-up felons, then arrested them. He sent a SWAT team at 6AM to arrest a man in his underwear. SWAT hauled their victim away to jail without even letting him dress. As a threat to eligible voters, Desantis also sent a helicopter to hover over the man’s neighborhood. For voter fraud. He didn’t do this to The Villages Republican voters who intentionally committed fraud.

      Instead of fraud, why isn’t Desantis holding elaborate tv extravaganzas to boast about his party’s successful, fifty year battle to overturn Roe? Why isn’t he talking about his bold veto of birth control for poor women and teens? Why isn’t he demanding a statewide vote so that he can brag that Floridians agree with his freedom agenda?

  • Jerry

    September 4, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Why are contards like Tom so easily triggered? Such professional victims just like women and spoiled children. And DeSantis.

    • Tom

      September 4, 2022 at 5:37 pm

      Hey libtard Jerry, truth hurts. Oh, your feelings are hurt cause I nailed the chameleon.
      Your guy, the chameleon hypocrite can’t stand the ridicule.
      You must be just like him, just a fraud.

  • marylou

    September 5, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Sounds like a 5th Amendment plea. Wasn’t it The Ketchup King who said only guilty people do that?

    I think he doesn’t want to explain why he vetoed contraceptives for poor women and teens.

    • Tom

      September 5, 2022 at 8:54 pm

      Mental case.
      You contribute nothing Dem Dum talking pts.

      He doesn’t have to sign into law.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 5, 2022 at 9:28 pm

        You smoking meth and crack cocaine over there buddy. Also lay off the pills and booze!!! Seek help!!!

      • marylou

        September 6, 2022 at 9:19 am

        He CHOSE to veto contraceptives for poor women and teens. Sadistic.

        The Catholic Bishops ordered it in their letter, which, you Tom, can look up. DeSanctimonious will demand a ban on all contraceptives. Go to the Catholic Church website and see for yourself.

        There will be no “artificial” contraceptives in Florida if this cruel governor is re-elected.

  • Dave

    September 9, 2022 at 1:56 pm

    All you libs hating on Desantis are are nothing more than GROOMERS.

  • Dave

    September 9, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Groomers, groomers, grommets.

    • KatieS

      September 9, 2022 at 2:22 pm

      Ron rabid fans have fascist tendencies. What is it with MAGA and the obsession with pedophilia? (MAGA’s self-snitching.) You should hang out with some people who have been incarcerated for a long time and call them chomos, see what happens.

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