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The Blog for Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Note To Readers

    Our review of today's political news and punditry will be up this afternoon. In the meantime, here's the coverage on the GOP debate last night:

    "Tom Gallagher, underdog in the Republican primary for governor, went on the attack against front-runner Charlie Crist in a televised candidates' debate Tuesday night, calling Crist a liberal."
    As he has done in television ads, mailers and public statements for the past few weeks, Gallagher came out swinging in his opening statement.

    "Republican voters have a real choice," he said, "to continue with the successful conservative path of Jeb Bush or to choose Charlie's liberal, risky path," which he said will "make our taxes go up and make our spending go higher," create "amnesty for illegal aliens" and "take our state of Florida and make it as liberal as Vermont by allowing civil unions for same-sex couples."

    In his closing, Gallagher said the race "is between three liberals and one conservative," referring to Crist and the two Democratic contenders, Jim Davis and Rod Smith.
    "Crist V. Gallagher".

    Political Pulse lists some of the "zingers" from the debate:Gallagher referred to Crist's agenda as a "liberal, risky path."
    Gallagher: "Charlie has no plan on insurance. ... Charlie, as usual, has a bumper-sticker answer."

    Crist on civil unions: "I have a more live-and-let-live attitude than my opponent."

    Crist on the ethics allegations against Gallagher: "This is all about trust."

    Gallagher on Crist, Jim Davis and Rod Smith: "This is a race between three liberals and one conservative."

    Gallagher on Crist: "Charlie's taken contradictory positions on so many issues, it's hard to know what he stands for."
    "GOP debate night brawling

    See also "Gallagher, Crist throw hard jabs in debate", "Gallagher comes out swinging, but shots may fall short in the end", "Crist, Gallagher square off in free-swinging TV debate", "GOP candidates take off the gloves", "Trailing, Gallagher unloads in debate", "Gallagher paints Crist liberal; Crist brushes him off", "Election 2006: Gallagher calls Crist a liberal in first debate", "Fact check: The Republican gubernatorial candidates' debate", "Crist, Gallagher clash on hot-button issues in Republican debate", "Gallagher tags Crist a liberal" and "Gloves off in GOP debate".

    In the meantime, lame duck Jebbie can't let go: "Rather than wait for political winds to die, Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he'll call lawmakers back into session as early as October to deal with the state's insurance crisis." "Bush plans special session". October ... so the GOP can "solve" the insurance crisis just before the election ... that's convenient.

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