Florida Gov. Scott blasts rival Crist with TV ads

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Posted: Oct 14, 2014 12:43 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott and fellow Florida Republicans are spending millions on TV ads attacking Democrat challenger Charlie Crist in their bitterly fought contest, blasting policies Republicans widely supported while Crist was governor.

Crist was a Republican when he signed several measures into law that are the focus of ads by Scott and the Florida GOP. But in each case, Scott's running mate, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, and other leading Republicans voted for those bills passed between 2007 and 2009.

Crist says the attacks are hypocritical and that his opponents will "say anything to win."

The issues include $2.2 billion in increased taxes and fees imposed at the height of a past recession, a bill that allowed state universities to raise tuition and a law that let a power company collect money from customers for a nuclear plant that will never be built.