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But -- -- not a slugfest in Florida the Republican primary the United States and it is rough and only getting rougher.
Florida governor Charlie Crist went on the record on Monday night and tonight governor Chris opponent is here former -- -- -- Our speaker of the house Marco Rubio joins us live -- mister -- How are you Greta thanks for having me I'm.
I'm very well what we're just for starters I guess we should mention how the polls because I understand that the -- are certainly in your -- tonight -- Florida and substantially so.
Well it's good news but the truth is that I didn't pay a lot of attention to these polls -- get very excited about and we were thirty points down.
So we're not gonna get -- -- thirty points up.
This is an election that's five and a half months away.
I'm running against somebody and Charlie Crist that's willing to say or do anything to win so we know this election's going to be a tough one we're gonna continue to work hard.
That's why we pulled off of I 95 here to talk to you in Daytona.
Just a block away from our Daytona speedway.
I -- I'm delighted that he did I talk about that mr.
-- -- say that just say anything he was on our air the other night and it says I just grab headlines so -- sort this out he said that you used a credit card that did apple auntie used.
And they use it to not pay for.
At haircut and maybe eight back wax.
Did he do that.
That's just the weird statement I I tell you it's bizarre you know the United States is facing trillions of dollars in debt that bottle it and now Chris.
Support it creating down.
So now that Nellie -- -- -- -- -- bizarre statement in the whole thing is weird.
Did -- use a credit card and paper something's heating credit card belonging to someone else or some other organization paper.
It -- -- -- now that.
Now here's here's that need to be understood.
Any personal expense for the few items I got on that charge card I paid for personally and immediately so the answer is absolutely not it's -- And by the way -- -- of the selection is about.
We're talking about a country that hosts trillions of dollars in debt and my opponent want to talk about -- -- of credit card I did not -- haircuts are that's ridiculous.
I and and net -- bad because he spoke to I want -- had to get your viewers -- -- -- to try to understand it I.
Let's talk now about the state of the economy and that seems to be where this race really divides.
And that you've been using -- that I think his serve them.
Poster child of your of your campaign a -- with you which -- The governor Hogg president Bob last February about the stimulus you've used that picture and symbolically what's your point.
For the some -- to the point that it's a failed policy Florida today just announce it has the highest unemployment rate in its history.
Does stimulus has failed.
And now my children and their generation all over -- 800 -- 800 billion dollars in debt that they're gonna have to pay off by paying exorbitant tax rates.
So with the failure was the wrong policy.
And had even in the US senate Charlie Crist sort of been one of only three Republicans to vote for that plan and there should he should've supported an alternative.
Like the all the Republicans in the Senate were trying to get past.
Has this stimulus plan at all had any benefit in your state.
Not that we've seen.
I got I told you unemployment is higher today than it has ever been in our history it was just announced today all across this country were losing thousands of jobs every month.
The stimulus was destined to fail.
Opponents of stimulus that it was going to fail and that's exactly what's happening now the only thing we're left with is the debt that our children are gonna have to work their whole lives the pay off it's wrong.
I guess this into consideration is one is whether or not today gave senator Chris would have voted in favor added stimulus and I guess that by virtue out of the hot maybe there's -- they did but.
Having been passed by the United States senate if you -- Governor I realize you ready for senator but if you're governor would -- accepted that money from the federal government.
-- That's not the point no one is criticizing any governor for accepting the money the criticism isn't supporting it at a time when there were other options on the table like meaningful tax cuts.
Things at the other Republicans were proposing a Washington DC.
And Charlie Crist came along and campaigned with president Barack Obama in favor of the stimulus and cut the legs out from underneath.
The Republicans are trying to offer an alternative something Jeb Bush in Florida called unforgivable.
What else -- you from -- they're co Republican from governor Crist in terms of policy is how you approach this campaign.
Well look it's hard to tell sometimes because -- the talk a lot about policies or principles.
But that he spent but I can -- that.
You're a -- -- -- stands in taxes here in Florida.
But that it.
I think need to have them coming and then that's what doesn't see the start jabbing back and forth between the two hours he got the upper and didn't -- thirty points up any got you of the back wax your deny you say that didn't happen and I ages jabbed and a little bit yourself.
Well look I think they are the differences are clear number one.
He supported raising taxes he broke his pledge never to raise taxes here in Florida but there's a big difference in the big difference.
The next United States senator from Florida needs to be someone that's -- to go to Washington DC stand up to Barack Obama's agenda and offer an alternative.
Charlie Crist is not gonna do that because just a year ago he was campaigning for the Barack Obama agenda.
I will stand up for that agenda and offer an alternative I think that's why our campaign has grown and its support.
I know others have offered alternatives we had congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin on last night.
He offered an alternative to the president and the someone on that which my -- -- -- -- fell on deaf ears.
How how would you be sure that you.
Your alternative would be heard it would have an impact.
Well first of all this to point out Robert -- Bryant supports my candidacy and I'm grateful for his support I think -- -- with a great starting point and a really good idea.
And I think what I hope to do is be a part of a number of people to get elected in 2010 with a very clear mandate.
Stop the direction that this administration want to take our country and in its place offer a clear alternative.
Like those ideas offered by representative Ryan and his road map entitlement reform taxes that once again a tax rates and tax policy -- once again encourages growth.
And the American economy these are the things that we should be focused on freezing discretionary spending.
What about the Tea Party movement as sad as that heady as the Tea Party movement supporters -- you -- have much in a move in the state of Florida.
But it's -- a strong move and all across America and it's important people understand what the Tea Party movement is.
It's largely everyday Americans many of whom I've never participated in the political process.
Who are watching what's happening in Washington DC.
And speaking out because they can't think back and watch any longer and they want people are gonna go to Washington and stand up to this agenda.
And that's why I'm running for the US senate because quite frankly in this race I'm the only candidate that will.
-- it seems like gifted to work really hard to lose at this point because -- so far ahead but nonetheless a minute realized that races -- -- but.
Do you have any sort of thought I hear there are rumors up -- of that governor Chris.
Should he lose to -- is that he'll run as independent do you hear anything about that.
-- did about the decision he has to make the law won't permit him to do that by the way but.
Whether he wants to become a Democrat or an independent that the decision he's gonna make I can assure you that he's probably gonna do whatever is in the best interest of his political career.
I'm focused on running.
In trying to give Republicans and ultimately all Floridians a voice in Washington that will stand up to this agenda and offer a clear alternative that's what my campaign is about.
-- thank you and of course we watching this campaign has because it does selling has cut everybody's attention thank you sir.
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