New Charlie Crist ad hits Ron DeSantis for taking away women’s rights
Charlie Crist. Image via Renzo Downey.

Charlie Crist
New Charlie Crist campaign ad, 'Signing Away,' claims Ron DeSantis is 'happy' to take away women's autonomy.

Charlie Crist’s campaign has a new ad running today that hits again on a central theme of the Democrat’s campaign for Governor: Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to control women’s bodies.

A “seven-figure” ad buy will put the 15-second spot, “Signing Away,” in media markets around the state, Crist’s campaign said. The campaign is going into the last stretch of the election underwater in most polls by double digits. The new ad tees off on legislation signed following this past Session that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

The opening scene shows a smiling DeSantis holding up a folio, purportedly the new legislation (HB 5).

“Look at that grin — Ron DeSantis signing away your right to choose,” Crist says, as the camera lingers on a beaming DeSantis for a moment before it cuts away to a shadowed figure of a woman with her head in her hand.

Clearly, she’s not happy, but Crist keeps talking off camera about the Governor he hopes to unseat in seven days.

“He’s happy there’s no exceptions for rape or incest,” Crist says, as the barely audible background music starts getting a little louder. And then the camera cuts back to DeSantis, broadly smiling once more.

“Happy because he thinks politicians like him should control women’s bodies,” Crist says.

On the word, “should” a blonde woman with her hands on her hips appears, looking determined.

The possibility that DeSantis-backed lawmakers will introduce more restrictions on abortions is not explicitly stated in this ad but something that Crist has discussed at length. The current abortion law, now under court appeal, was passed before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 49-year-old court ruling that allowed abortion up until 24 weeks. As a result of that ruling, other states’ rules that ban the procedure entirely went into effect.

After the ruling, DeSantis promised to expand pro-life protections but has not explicitly stated what he plans to do. He would not explain further at the lone head-to-head debate with Crist, either, except to say he was proud of the 15-week ban.

The ad, Crist’s campaign said, “shows the stark contrast between Charlie’s pro-woman, pro-freedom leadership and Ron DeSantis’s cruel political games as he aims to further strip women of their right to choose.

As the ad wraps up, the candidate in a white shirt and striped tie finally appears, “As Governor, I’ll protect your right to choose — and that’s the difference.”

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Charles

    November 1, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Sigh…..Go away Charles (R-I-D).

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  • Charlie Crist

    November 1, 2022 at 10:09 am

    If I lose the election, I’m calling on everyone to make Ron and his degenerate supporters lives misrable for the next two years. Make the Rubio canvasser incident look like a wedding party.

  • Dan

    November 1, 2022 at 10:13 am

    It’s over, Charlie. Republicans have a huge early voting lead already. And your focus on abortion didn’t work. “It’s the economy, stupid!” as James Carville would say.

    Also you can’t claim we have bodily autonomy and that you are “pro-freedom” while your party favors strict vaccine mandates and cheer as you deny exemptions. Your party favors censorship of opinions you disagree with. Your president stood in front of the country and referred to 70+ million voters as a threat to democracy.. You are trying to abolish the 2nd amendment. You don’t want parents involved in their child’s educational curriculum. You want to ban gas-powered cars and force us into expensive EVs most Americans can’t afford. Don’t you DARE try to claim you or your party is “pro-freedom!” Democrats are nothing of the sort!

    • Charlie Crist

      November 1, 2022 at 10:35 am

      More news in the Rubio canvasser incident came out today. They sicced two German shepherds on the SOB!

    • marylou

      November 1, 2022 at 12:31 pm

      Nationally, the media is repeating Republican propaganda.
      At this point in 2018 Rs had a 400,000 national vote lead. Today Dems have a 2.3 million vote lead.
      —-Crooks and Liars

      “Despite constant reports in the media on inflation and rising prices as the top issues in this election, abortion and women’s rights are actually the most important for young women as they head to the ballot box.”

      “Among women voters of ALL ages, abortion and women’s rights (at 31 percent) are just as critical as inflation and rising prices (at 32 percent), in determining their vote, and more important than crime (12 percent) or education (11 percent) regularly cited in media reports.”
      —-Florida Politics “Kathy Spillar: In Florida, abortion and equal rights are top issues for young women voters”

      • Dan

        November 1, 2022 at 12:51 pm

        Believe what you want… multiple reliable pollsters show DeSantis in double digits. FiveThirtyEight (which is not a right wing site) has him at 97% chance of winning.

        And the turnout numbers are coming directly from the Florida state website. Republicans are destroying Democrats in Florida early voting turnout. GOP now leads Republicans by 150,000 voters in Florida. Democrat lead in Miami-Dade down to only 1,500.

        • Tom

          November 1, 2022 at 1:39 pm

          GOP now leads Republicans?

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