Crist talks abortion in Broward County, DeSantis woos Monroe County with money

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – With midterm elections drawing closer, Democratic candidate for Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist spoke at the African American Research Library in Fort Lauderdale on Friday to discuss abortion rights while hammering his opponent Gov. Ron DeSantis’ views.

“If he’s re-elected, DeSantis will stop at nothing, nothing to completely strip a woman’s right to choose across the sunshine state,” said Crist.

Aside from the popular topic of abortion, Local 10 News’ Hatzel Vela asked Crist about another pressing issue, the economy.

“Utility rates are through the roof under Gov. DeSantis, he won’t regulate them,” Crist said. “Property insurance rates are through the roof in Florida.”

Meanwhile, on Friday afternoon, Governor Ron DeSantis visited Monroe County to award the city of Marathon $1.3 Million for infrastructure improvements through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.

DeSantis also took the time to remind those in attendance of some of his accomplishments.

“We have the biggest budget surplus in the history of the state of Florida,” he said.

DeSantis also reminded folks he’s reducing commuter tolls by 50 percent and no taxes on raising children, he says.

Unintentionally, DeSantis was back in the headlines when it was revealed his relationship with former President Donald Trump may be worse off than previously thought.

Trump is hosting a rally for Senator Marco Rubio on November 6. at the Miami-Dade Fairgrounds, just two days before the election.

However, it’s been reported DeSantis was not invited.

DeSantis has traveled the country while campaigning for other Republican candidates and raising money for himself.

But on Monday, at the only gubernatorial debate, the governor refused to say whether he’ll serve his full term as governor.

About the Authors:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

Ryan Mackey is our newest digital journalist at WPLG. He is New York born and South Florida raised.