Gov. Charlie Crist on the Today show: "I'm going to the people"
Viewers of NBC's Today show in Florida got a quick preview of the U.S. Senate race's new shape, as Gov. Charlie Crist and challenger Marco Rubio talked in separate interview segments about Crist's decision to run as an non-affiliated candidate.
Crist kept to a pretty narrow message, emphasizing that his decision was about responding to the people's frustration with typical politics and politicians (never mind that, as governor, he is one of the state's most powerful established pols.)
Rubio stressed the strategy of Crist's move, emphasizing his falling poll numbers while sidestepping questions about whether the GOP has grown so strident that moderates have no voice.
Here's the exchange: