Crist meets Jacksonville to start the Florida governor campaign

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two days after announcing his third run for the governor, former Florida Governor and current Congressman Charlie Crist is in northeast Florida looking for votes.

Crist told News4Jax on Thursday that he didn’t spend enough time in North Florida when he faced Rick Scott in the 2014 governor’s race and he wants voters here to know he will fight for them.

“I think it’s important to realize that you have to go to them if you want to be the governor of the people in this state. You have to look them in the eyes. You have to explain why you do this, why in your heart you think it’s right, that I think it’s right, because I know Florida deserves better, ”said Crist.

Crist visited the News4Jax studio after meeting with Jacksonville supporters at the Pig Barbecue, Potters House, and Soul Food Bistro.

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Congressman Charlie Crist joins News4Jax to discuss his offer to become the next Florida governor. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax – All rights reserved.)

Crist said he is running because he thinks Florida needs to change. He said he would fight for Medicare expansion, banning assault rifles, legalizing marijuana and raising the minimum wage. And he says he believes in science, climate change and the right to vote.

“Florida is so vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels. Geez, we’re a peninsula,” said Crist. “You know you’re going to Jax Beach or Ponte Vedra, you know, you look at the rivers that we have, the St. Johns, we are surrounded by water. Sea level rise is a big problem for us. Tackling climate change is a fundamentally important thing that we as Floridians must and must do. “

Crist was a Republican when he served as governor from 2006 to 2010 but now runs as a Democrat.

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