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Gallagher takes off the gloves



In the first statewide TV debate in the race for governor, Tom Gallagher tried to revive his candidacy. Tuesday night by repeatedly criticizing front-runner Charlie Crist as a “liberal” who won’t tell voters the truth.

Gallagher, 62, who trails Crist in polls, endorsements and money, was clearly the aggressor in the Republican debate, broadcast live on Florida public TV stations and to a nationwide C-SPAN audience. The chief financial officer warned viewers at the outset that Crist, 50, would take Florida down a “liberal risky path” of higher taxes, amnesty for illegal immigrants and same-sex civil unions. Gallagher also linked Crist to Howard Dean on gay rights and to John Kerry on abortion. Story here

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:14pm]


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