This afternoon, Charlie Crist held a press conference with Hispanic leaders from California and Puerto Rico in an effort to get out the Hispanic vote, ahead of what is expected to be a razor sharp conclusion to the Florida Governor’s race.
Along with running mate Annette Taddeo, Crist was joined by Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla, Puerto Rico Senator Carmelo Rios Santiago and Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-California).
Each member of the delegation praised Crist’s history and stance on issues that effect the Hispanic population in the state. Senator Rio-Santiago described family ties in Central Florida. Becerra drew contrast between Crist and his opponent, incumbent Governor Rick Scott and his policies that hurt the state. Annette Taddeo also slammed Scott for his connections to Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his opposition to immigration reform and movement in Washington.
When it was Crist’s turn in front of the microphone, he had this to say about the support on hand in Orlando..
“You’ve heard it straight heard it straight from them. And to stand here and have support from these Men and Women is extraordinary to me and I can never thank them enough. My message is simple, Thank You, Muchos Gracias, and we have to make sure that everybody gets out and votes. Por favor, Su voto es muy importante. This race is close. It’s going to end close. We don’t care how much money the other side has. Money can’t vote. People vote. If you vote. We win”
Standing outside with protesters, State Representative David Santiago (R-Deltona) provide rebuttal saying…
“I find it ironic that the Governor or Puerto Rico, Padilla comes here and yet he is dealing with over 15% unemployment on the Island. And it’s clear that the policy of tax and spend doesn’t work and we need to send a clear message to Floridians that it doesn’t work in Puerto Rico and it doesn’t work here. Charlie Crist is just here to pull heartstrings. That’s his message. Whatever is emotional, not what works. Rick Scott’s plans have proven to work. We’re one of the fastest growing states in the nation”
The event was scheduled to be a rally held outside of the Orange County Courthouse with a full media corp on hand. 45 minutes after the event was scheduled to start, the media was escorted to a conference room inside the building after protesters, which outnumbered the supporters at the event, began chanting just a short distance away from the podium on public property.
Here are some photos from the event…