Charlie Crist, David Jolly spar in CD 13 debate
It didn't take long for the barbs to start flying in the 13th Congressional District debate on Monday.
Just minutes in, former governor Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-independent now running as Democrat, was asked about abortion. He said he supported a woman's right to choose.
"Mr. Crist, this is why we can't believe what you say," said Congressman David Jolly, the Republican incumbent fighting to retain a seat he won in 2014. Jolly then ticked off the anti-abortion positions Crist had taken when he was a Republican politician.
That's how most of the debate went before a packed crowd at the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg, which was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, 10NewsWTSP and St. Petersburg College.
Jolly went after Crist again and again, repeating over and over that the longtime politician could not be trusted.
Crist volleyed back. He asked for civility while portraying himself as a moderate and painting Jolly as a conservative Republican in a district that now leans Democrat.