Florida Gov. Charlie Crist released an ad Wednesday portraying himself as the only candidate in the U.S. Senate race “the polls say” can beat Republican nominee Marco Rubio, despite that polling shows no-party candidate Crist about 10 points behind.

Crist lumps together Sarah Palin with Marco Rubio: “Down one road is extremism, where Roe v. Wade is overturned and being a moderate is a curse. That’s the road Sarah Palin, the tea party and Marco Rubio want to take us down. It’s a dangerous road, and the polls say I’m the only one who can stop them.”

Obviously, deriding Palin opens Crist up to charges of inconsistency — as a Republican governor supporting the McCain-Palin presidential ticket in 2008, he praised her “executive experience.” But the frontrunner Rubio, too, has avoided Palin: He did not stay to take a picture with her or appear on stage with her at a rally they both spoke at last Saturday.

Luke Johnson reports on Florida for The American Independent.

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