Democratic Senate contender Kendrick Meek’s campaign unveiled it’s first radio ad today, highlighting some comments made by Charlie Crist regarding his support for his former party’s vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, as well as some statements that attempt to align the newly minted independent candidate with the policies of his Republican predecessor.
Listen to the radio spot and view transcript after the jump:
Kendrick Meek: I’m Kendrick Meek, candidate for Senate, and I approve this message.
Announcer: Home is where the heart is. And for Charlie Crist, home is with the GOP.
Governor Crist: I’m a Jeb Bush Republican. I was impressed at Governor Palin being picked. I watched her speech today. I was very impressed. John McCain was a great candidate, a dear friend. President Bush is a leader of courage and conviction.
Announcer: And Crist on the issues.
Governor Crist: I’m about as conservative as you can get. The facts are perfectly clear: I’m proud of my pro-life record.
Announcer: And Crist on offshore oil drilling.
Governor Crist: I think it’s something we ought to explore.
Announcer: Now Charlie Crist is running for Senate as an independent . While he still supports extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Don’t be fooled. If Charlie Crist gets to Washington, his heart will lead him right back where he belongs.
Governor Crist: I think it’s important for people to understand who the real conservative is in this race. And it’s Charlie Crist.
Announcer: Paid for by Kendrick Meek for Florida.
Florida Rep. Alan Grayson has also joined the effort, issuing a fundraising email today on behalf of the Meek campaign entitled “President Palin?” and reiterating the governor’s former allegiance to the GOP:
“She’d do a great job.” That’s what Charlie Crist said about Sarah Palin as President of the United States. If that doesn’t tell you where he stands, then I don’t know what does.
Crist may want us to forget he’s a conservative Republican, but the past keeps coming back to haunt him.
That’s just one reason I’m supporting Kendrick Meek. Kendrick understands that you don’t send politicians to Washington to flip flop–you send public servants there to get things done.
You know where you stand with Kendrick because he doesn’t change his values and beliefs based on which way the political winds are blowing.
As much as Crist and Marco Rubio would like to paint themselves as independent voices, the fact is that they’re both lifelong, conservative Republicans who are beholden to special interests and wealthy donors.