Gov. Charlie Crist latched onto a new campaign slogan Saturday, one day after U.S. Senate rival Marco Rubio confessed he double-billed taxpayers and the Republican party for eight plane tickets when he was a state legislator: "Trust.''
Crist used the loaded word at least a dozen times in a 10-minute speech at a breakfast in Miami hosted by the Christian Family Coalition, an offshoot of the well-known Christian Coalition.
"This is about trust,'' Crist repeated to reporters. "We're asking people for their vote and by doing that we're asking them to trust us.''
The harsh attacks traded by Crist and Rubio dominated the event, which marked the second time all of the major candidates for Florida's U.S. Senate seat appeared together. Rubio, who said Friday he would repay the party $3,000 for the billing "mistake,'' tore into Crist's anti-abortion credentials in his speech to about 400 religious conservatives.
"If you do not believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned, you are not pro-life,'' Rubio said. He added, referring to Crist's statement in 2006 that he would rather change hearts than law: "Senators can't change hearts. Only God can change hearts.''