Gov.-elect Charlie Crist and Gov. Jeb Bush acknowledged the death of former President Gerald Ford this morning with the following statements:
Crist: "Today we mourn the loss of a great statesman who brought our country together at a time when America was challenged with the struggles of the Vietnam War and Watergate. Florida holds President Ford and his family in our prayers as we join in offering the thanks of a grateful nation."
Bush: “This morning, Columba and I join Floridians and Americans across the nation in mourning the passing of former President Gerald Ford.
“President Ford was an honest man with courage and conviction. He provided reassurance during times of uncertainty, and his thoughtful leadership was a guidepost for a nation at war. President Ford will be remembered as an honest steward of the public trust and a beloved family man.
“Columba and I will keep Mrs. Ford and the entire Ford family in our thoughts and prayers.”