Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign to pull out all the stops with abortion rights message

A 'Choice Day of Action' is planned to highlight Republicans' opposition to abortion access and plans to further limit reproductive rights.

Democrat Charlie Crist’s campaign for Governor has been outmatched in fundraising, is decidedly underwater in the polls and been dealt a Cat 4 storm that’s scrambled his itinerary and drowned out his message.

So, with 29 days before Election Day to counter photos of Republican rival Gov. Ron DeSantis delivering the state’s aid to desperate Hurricane Ian victims, his campaign has turned to an issue national political trends show is a clear winner for Democrats: preserving abortion rights.

The Crist campaign is calling Tuesday “Choice Day of Action,” featuring a new TV commercial on the topic, 26 new billboards statewide and seven events with Democratic heavy-hitters and abortion rights advocates such as U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others.

Continued access to abortion is not directly on the ballot in November, but Crist’s campaign is pulling out all the stops beginning Tuesday to ensure voters know the Governor has pledged to “expand pro-life protections.” DeSantis made that pledge after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a ruling that now allows states to ban abortion entirely. That followed Republican-backed state legislation passed this year banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy without exceptions for those impregnated through rape or incest — the biggest limit on abortion rights in the state since the procedure became constitutionally protected 49 years ago.

Undoubtedly, the campaign is hoping for a phenomenon like the one in Kansas that shocked prognosticators. A ballot question asking voters to amend the state constitution to remove protections for abortion access drew record Primary Election turnout and went down in a landslide defeat.

Other events Crist campaign officials say are slated for Tuesday:

— Crist’s appearance with Planned Parenthood officials in West Palm Beach

— Crist’s attendance at an event, Latinas for Choice, in Miami alongside Lt. Governor Nominee Karla Hernández

— Grassroots event in Jacksonville featuring Jacksonville mayoral candidate Donna Deegan and Duval Sheriff candidate Lakesha Burton

— A phonebank with Democratic State Rep. Joy Goff-Marcil, joined by local leaders and community residents in Lake Mary

— A news conference in Pinellas County with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, St. Petersburg City Councilwoman Deborah Figgs-Sanders and Eunic Ortiz, a candidate for state Senate

 DeSantis has not been specific on how he would “expand pro-life protections” as he said he would, but polls show limiting abortion rights does not have broad appeal. And banning abortion without allowing exceptions for rape and incest victims is even more unpopular.

Crist’s campaign is apparently trying to turn up the pressure on DeSantis to explain what “pro-life protections” he plans to expand and how it would affect those who become pregnant.

A $1.3 million ad buy for the Crist campaign will also debut Tuesday, featuring nurses and nurse practitioners talking about how they’ve had to help their pregnant patients and how a politician wouldn’t fit into those personal decisions, officials with the Crist campaign said.

Here’s the ad:

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  • Charlie Crist

    October 11, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Just remember hurricane Ron, the DeSantis Virus, and all the racism and support for Trump when you go to the polls. Vote for me. Together we can quell the fascist melee, the Christian fascist terrorists, and the anti-government bombers here in Florida.

    • Tom

      October 11, 2022 at 12:22 pm

      Corsin you are full of manure!
      You have no clue as to what you say.

      Your socialist, communist Bernie “honeymoon in Soviet Union” Sanders, said today you can’t run on abortion!

      James Carville, “ Ragin Cajun” said the same thing. Abortion plays to less than 10% of public.

      Btw, commie Sanders owns several homes. Mr Commie.

      Crisp will get his ass torched by America’s Gov. enjoy,

      You are a clown! Idiot,

      • marylou

        October 12, 2022 at 2:41 pm

        Bernie said not on “abortion ALONE”, and Dems need to present a “clear, unified vision to meet the needs of working families, to take on corporate greed, and protect a woman’s right to choose.” In other words remind voters what Dems are doing in all areas including the economy and women’s rights —and what Repubs are voting No on. Sanders warns against letting “Republican lies and distortions to go unanswered.”—Bernie The Guardian

        Carville says the “Republicans don’t have a plan to reduce inflation.”
        10%?? Not sure what you mean?? The majority are pro-rights on abortion.

        • Tom

          October 12, 2022 at 6:18 pm

          They are recommending get real on everyday issues, not extremist issues.

  • Impeach Biden

    October 11, 2022 at 7:48 am

    When you have absolutely nothing else you can run on, this is what you do.

    Can’t run on fuel prices
    Can’t run on inflation
    Can’t run on crime
    Can’t run on defund the police
    Can’t run on Southern Border Chaos
    Can’t run on depleting the Petroleum reserves.

    The rout is coming Charlie.

    • Charlie Crist

      October 11, 2022 at 8:17 am

      👆 This communist wants government intervention in the free market so he can afford cheap stuff! Not governments fault you can’t afford stuff buddy…”Go out and get a better education and a better job.” – Rick Scott 😆🖕

      • Impeach Biden

        October 11, 2022 at 8:23 am

        Just imagine if this chaos of inflation, fuel prices, and everything else I listed above was under the watch of a Republican administration, Charlie and his alias team would be screaming. Funny how you spin things Charlie. You’ve been spinning for so long, you are probably getting dizzy.🤣

        • Charlie Crist

          October 11, 2022 at 9:11 am

          👆Like I said… screaming communist. Wants government to make EVERYTHING affordable for his pig ass.

          • Impeach Biden

            October 11, 2022 at 9:30 am

            And when the abortion argument gets you nowhere you resort to personal attacks. Just read what the Corsin, Offen, Crist and the rest are saying on this thread. November 8 is going to be lots of fun.

          • Charlie Crist

            October 11, 2022 at 10:49 am

            I will embarrass Ron DeSantis during the debate. It’s gonna be an epic roast. Enjoy asshole 🍩🖕

          • Impeach Biden

            October 11, 2022 at 11:21 am

            I’m all for DeSantis pulling a Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and not debating. Why bother with flip flop Crist. He’s gonna get crushed anyway.🤣

      • Tom

        October 11, 2022 at 12:37 pm

        You lie Corsin.

        Sen. Sanders and James Carville just said abortion is a narrow issue, in which you can’t win with.

        LMAO hypocrite chameleon.

    • marylou

      October 11, 2022 at 12:06 pm

      Fuel cost savings are not being passed to consumers at retail level. RECORD PROFITS for dealers and gas station companies.

      Inflation? That’s RECORD CORPORATE PROFITS, too. Highest corporate profit margins since 1950. And it’s worldwide.

      Crime is highest in red states. Poverty, illiteracy and maternal and infant mortality, too.

      Defund the Police? Crist, Demings, and Biden do not want to defund the police. All three want to give them more money. Of course when they haul Trump off to prison you will want to defund them.

      Southern border? Legislature passes laws, not Biden. Write to your senators and rep. State legislature gave gov funds to remove migrants from Florida. Desantis spent it to help Texas instead. Then he complained about looters And a man illegally in Pinellas allegedly ran over a deputy.

      Oil companies with RECORD PROFITS are refusing to drill on the 1,000+ leases that they are holding right now——because they say the profits wouldn’t be high enough to make the drilling investment worth it. Oil companies are why you are paying more for gas.

      The above problems that you mention are what the Republicans are running on. It’s all they’ve got since everyone’s sick of Desantis’ culture wars.

      • Tom

        October 11, 2022 at 12:40 pm

        Idiot abortionist Mary lie!
        When your answering you are losing!
        Just saying

        • Charlie Crist

          October 11, 2022 at 12:44 pm

          👆 This asshole has no respect for women or himself. Admitted to picking up street walker prostitutes. Ultimate deplorable… needs a body slam into a jail cell.

          • Tom

            October 11, 2022 at 1:03 pm

            Oh yeah, the filth corsin who demeans Cong. Cammarck. .

            Shut the heck up, you piece of filth degenerate.

            Kicking your ass All day, easily.
            It must suck being you. LMAO

          • Tom

            October 12, 2022 at 8:18 am

            Legend Tom here.
            Joey corsin, go fuck your self, no such thing you bastard. You and your mom are whores! You manure.

          • Tom

            October 12, 2022 at 8:23 am

            Despicable corsin . You lie, you snd your momma are the prostitute. Established.

        • marylou

          October 12, 2022 at 2:48 pm

          anti-abortionist Tom–point out the lies so that I can correct them. What is Desantis’ plan to reduce inflation?

          • Tom

            October 12, 2022 at 4:56 pm

            Are you crazy Mary lou?
            Inflation for the most part is a federal issue. It comes from reckless federal spending. $8 billion worth since incompetent Joe was sworn in, inflation was 1.7% upon assuming offices. Furthermore, the federal reserves flooding the money supply with currency along with incredibly low interest rates has blown up the inflation. No such thing as free money.

            Governors have no real effect on national spending. DeSantis has no ability to effect national inflation, as does no other Governor.

            The Biden Adm has done handstands to not make oil investment reasonable for oil production.

            The guy who ran over the Tampa cop was a 2 x illegal. He purposefully ran him over.

            No one is talking bout immigration law. They don’t enforce it. It’s an invasion, they’ve allowed 5 million illegals. Our country has been destroyed. My goodness.

            You keep on whining bout record profits, gas stations live on pennies.

            Oh yeah you want federal abortions too.

            You are a anti free enterprise person. You want socialism. Move.

    • Jay Smif

      October 11, 2022 at 1:24 pm

      The fuck are you babbling about, winger? Pudgy Fascist Ron DeSantis has destroyed the Florida economy, installed a private “police force” that answers only to him (like the nazi he is) and will remove women’s reproductive rights entirely the minute the election is over.

      DeSantis is worthless, authoritarian trash, princess.

      • Fat Cammack

        October 11, 2022 at 1:43 pm

        Did someone call me? You want greasy, bare assed face sit babydoll? Vote for me. I’ll throw in a nude photo.💋

        • Tom

          October 11, 2022 at 8:29 pm

          Despicable rodent.

      • Tom

        October 11, 2022 at 8:27 pm

        Sniffer, what’s up?
        You are asleep.
        See Joey this is why I am the legend.
        Sniffer, chameleon getting his ass kicked pal. Just like you Joey and Sniffer. Whiz kid Guv whizzing on you.
        See ya sniffer!

  • Tom

    October 11, 2022 at 8:26 am

    Desperation time for chameleon.
    I’m pro life, no I’m pro choice , no I’m really personally pro choice.

    Vote for me, I am a male prostitute. I have 5 positions on every issue,
    I am a classic demagogue, I believe in everything, I have no conviction. That’s why I am the chameleon. Crisp is the meaning of chameleon. Disgraceful.

    • The Real Tom

      October 11, 2022 at 9:13 am

      You are a male prostitute???

      • Tom

        October 11, 2022 at 10:12 am

        Fake alias Joey corsin, you are the degenerate.

        • The Real Tom

          October 11, 2022 at 10:51 am

          We all know what you do with your free time Tom Dumbass. Tis you who is the degenerate… otherwise you wouldn’t feel the need to come on here and project that onto everyone else on this loser forum.

          • Tom

            October 11, 2022 at 1:21 pm

            Just you piece of filth.
            You are the degenerate.
            The one and only.
            Don’t collude yourself with others.
            You own it.

          • The Real Tom

            October 11, 2022 at 1:44 pm

            Looks like to everyone here but you… that you are the piece of sht. You stole my screen name and everything!

  • tom palmer

    October 11, 2022 at 8:55 am

    It does seem like a lack of imagination.

    • Tom

      October 11, 2022 at 10:28 am

      That’s putting it mildly Palmer.
      Chameleon crisp is total sellout.
      I predicted a year ago on this webpage that hard core liberals would not rally to chameleon.

      The understory, which last weeks poll reflected is that DeSantis will pick up 10% to 15% of Dems votes. Majority of Independents are supporting him. Hispanics are even.

      Chameleon is desperate. Dems support of abortion til birth and beyond is reckless, extremism.

    • Tom

      October 11, 2022 at 10:35 am

      To say the least Palmer!

      • Tom

        October 11, 2022 at 10:38 am

        Chameleon has more pole spins than degenerate corsin in a day!

        • Charlie Crist

          October 11, 2022 at 10:53 am

          You have the demeanor of a 12 year old. You need therapy and medication. You need a good hard smack buddy..

          • Tom

            October 11, 2022 at 11:55 am

            You just hate facts. !
            They crush your balls.
            Chameleon has no chance.

          • Charlie Crist

            October 11, 2022 at 12:46 pm

            You wouldn’t know a fact if it jumped in your ass and caught fire. You far right liar buddy..neo nazi propagandist.

  • Tom

    October 11, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Lying piece of manure corsin.

    Scurrilous lies, that’s all you have is outright exaggerations, fabrications, and deceit.

    You are as clueless as possible, Joey Corsin. If you IF YOU SEE KAY, TELL HER Y O U.

    • Charlie Crist

      October 11, 2022 at 9:16 am

      Tom is a belligerent bar room drunk. Needs a spinning back fist to the mouth, spinning round house kick to the head, flying knee to the chin and balls. Outta there buddy. No more stupid… until he wakes up.

      • Tom

        October 11, 2022 at 10:10 am

        You and your street walker mama couldn’t do any of that! Facts crush your balls Joey corsin.

        You pathetic degenerate.

        • Charlie Crist

          October 11, 2022 at 10:48 am

          👆Tom knows what a street walker is because he’s stooped that low. He’s gotten many a full service from conservative meth head women. Busted out crackheads like himself. Just a terrible human being. Needs to be arrested.

          • Tom

            October 11, 2022 at 11:53 am

            Saw your momma in Miami, come get me her sign says. I’m Joey Corsins momma! LMAO.

          • Charlie Crist

            October 11, 2022 at 12:47 pm

            You’ve never been out of whatever shit hole you came from you degenerate..

  • Claude Kirk the younger

    October 11, 2022 at 11:17 am

    And so it has finally happened – a desperate out of touch out of gas member of the wrong party has at last hit rock bottom.
    He’s actually placing his last ditch go for it all final bet of his total bankroll on infanticide.
    Has he no moral compass? The fool has lost his way along with his mind in Liberal Wonderland.
    Final results are going to be exactly like the poor turnout for the movie “BROS” you cant win when you are pandering to a freak and tiny minority of society Charlie.
    Sorry Charlie

    • marylou

      October 12, 2022 at 3:29 pm

      “no moral compass” is a man like Desadist believing he has a god-given right to insert himself into a woman’s body against her will. That is what’s immoral.
      Vote out Desantis!

  • PeterH

    October 11, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Gerrymandering, abstaining from debates, voter suppression, cultural wars, racist dog whistles, controlling women’s reproductive health decisions and irrational gun legalization are all weapons in the Republican arsenal to win elections.


    • Tom

      October 11, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      Liar, pathetic dog peter h.

      Lincoln towel boy.
      There is no voter suppression anywhere! Everyone who wishes to vote may do so in Florida and America. Stop the lie!

      Gerrymander is lie. Dems gerrymander all time.

      Lawson is only worse next to dum Demings.

  • Joe Corsin

    October 11, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    It’s everyone else that is a dog… totally not white trash Tom. Despicable and degenerate dumbass Tom…

    • Tom

      October 11, 2022 at 7:46 pm

      I own you!
      You kneel to me you decrepit loser!
      You steal my name and lingo. Loser.

      You are the least substantive humanoid on FP. Are you Human?
      Total chinese Soros Manchurian, bot!
      Gov Ron called out Soros and your ilk today! I expose you!

      You are not on my level.
      Your engaged with a political legend!
      The public’s advocate! The voice of property rights.

      You have no clue, I am a political analyst, student of Congress and the Presidency. I educate FP daily you fool.

      Go flush!

      • marylou

        October 12, 2022 at 3:07 pm

        Hi Political Legend! Serious question: do you know why McCarthy’s 2022 GOP House Platform presentations and quite a few Repub candidates have been using stock photos and videos of armed Russian military, citizens, playing children, and Russian landscape scenery in their ads promoting freedom and liberty in the US? There are a couple from Israel, too, but no other countries.

        • Tom

          October 12, 2022 at 6:02 pm

          Really Mary lou?
          The extremism advocated by you, corsin, offen, and peter h is scurrilous.

          Repub. candidates are not using other countries military in adds. You really need a hobby.

          I can’t believe you. Your commitment to dum Dem talking points is outrageous.

          Lastly, thanks for acknowledging my legendary status. Several Dems have done so before u on FP.

          I am a resource link for many Dems to the other side. Welcome.

  • Hope

    October 11, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    People will not be voting Republican or Democrat… they will be voting FOR the economy, National Security, lower gas prices, lower crime rate, a secure border, restoring their 401ks and supply chains, and a better future for their children… it will be the biggest red wave sweep in history.

    • Joe Corsin

      October 11, 2022 at 6:21 pm

      You people couldn’t predict the color of the sky. Just a bunch of Q-Clowns and neo nazi propagandists. You need forced medication…court ordered medication. I’m serious you people are a threat to national security. Unwitting Russian assets..

  • William Jones

    October 13, 2022 at 11:02 am

    I am going to jail.

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