Charlie Crist Claims He’ll “Rebuild” DeSantis’ Already Strong Economy, “Move Past COVID”

February 28, 2022 Updated 4:16 PM ET

February 28th, 2022 Updated 4:13 P.M. ET

FORT MYERS (FCV) – In a new campaign ad, Democrat candidate for Florida governor Charlie Crist claimed that he will “rebuild” Florida’s economy and “turn the page on COVID.”

“We may never eliminate COVID, but like the flu, we can live with it without a major disruption to our lives. It’s time to get back to normal,” he said.

In an odd pitch to voters, Crist flip-flopped on the Democrat position on COVID lockdown and mandate policies, claiming that he will help “make up” for the 2 years of education lost during COVID. He also claimed that local leaders made “tough” calls to keep people safe.

However, Florida has been open for business under Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and is seeing some of the best economic numbers yet.

Last month, DeSantis announced that Florida outperformed the United States of America in job growth. DeSantis credited his pro-freedom policies which Democrats like Crist opposed.

“Month after month, the data continues to show that freedom first economic policies create jobs and keep our economy growing,” DeSantis said.

Florida also saw the highest level of domestic tourism ever in 2021, a “pandemic” year. Approximately 118 million domestic tourists visited Florida.

Crist is late to the calls to end COVID restrictions and onlookers are confused, given that DeSantis has had Florida schools opened for over a year and business restrictions lifted.

The flip-flopping Democrat continued his calls to “move past COVID” in a Twitter thread where he said that “our children’s schooling has been interrupted, and supply chain problems have made everything more expensive.”

Perhaps ironically, these issues cited by Crist are caused by his party’s lockdown policies in other states and similarly positioned politicians in other countries.

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