Rick Scott slammed his Democratic gubernatorial opponent Charlie Crist in Fort Myers on Tuesday.
Scott – who is on a two-week, 28-city campaign swing – was at Eastern Architectural Systems.
The stop marked the first of two Southwest Florida stops. He’ll hold a campaign event at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunshine Ace Hardware in Naples.
The Naples Republican used his stop in Fort Myers to slam Crist, the state’s former Republican governor and his 2014 Democratic opponent.
“I ran in 2010 because Charlie Crist believes in the Barack Obama playbook. Barack Obama believes you can raise taxes, spend more money and increase our debt. That has not worked out for the federal government. They have not turned around the federal economy,” Scott said. “Charlie Crist, like Barack Obama, thinks that money grows on trees. Our parents taught us it doesn’t.”
Scott was joined by Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Attorney General Pam Bondi. Putnam and Bondi were also elected in 2010 and are running for re-election.
Lopez-Cantera, who served in the Legislature while Crist was the governor, said since Scott was elected the economy has grown and the unemployment rate has dropped.
“You’ve all heard the saying that actions speaker louder than words, right? Well let me tell you about a man of action, Rick Scott. He’s a man of action,” said Lopez-Cantera. “He is a result oriented, action type of guy and that’s why we’ve seen the remarkable turnaround in Florida.”
Pete Burkert, a representative for the Crist campaign in Southwest Florida, said Scott is making a “series of empty promises” to Floridians.
The bus tour is billed as a way for Scott to tout his plans to cut taxes an additional $1 billion over the next two years.
“Floridians won’t be fooled by Rick Scott’s latest campaign promise. In 2010, Scott promised to fight against the Tallahassee special interests and for lower utility bills and lower property taxes. But he after the election, Scott accepted millions in campaign cash from the big utilities,” said Joshua Karp, a spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party.
“Now, middle class ratepayers and property owners find themselves paying more than ever. Just like the promises he made during his last campaign, this latest promise from Rick Scott will disappear the day after Election Day.”