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Republican-Turned-Democrat Charlie Crist Asks Floridians to Help Him Help Them

1:01 PM, Oct 25, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Charlie Crist, the former governor of Florida who lost a race for U.S. Senate in 2010, has a new ad that looks a lot like a campaign ad. Watch the video below:

"I'm an optimist, but let's face it: The last few years have been tough," says Crist. "Government on the fringes, donors and politics above you the people." Crist says politicians have been attacking against "full-time working people and their health care", "women and their doctors", "teachers, public schools, and college affordability", and "the simple act of casting your vote."

"Tell me how I can help," he adds.

Elected governor in 2006 as a Republican, Crist ran for Senate four years later but left the GOP after it became clear he would lose the primary to Marco Rubio. Running as an independent, Crist lost to Rubio, while Republican Rick Scott succeeded him as governor. Last year, Crist officially joined the Democratic party.

The release video, which coincides with the relaunch of his campaign website, suggests Crist is preparing to run for governor against the now unpopular Scott, though there's no mention of any intent on the website or in the ad.

Scott's approval ratings have improved slightly after a disastrous first couple years as governor, but he is one of the more vulnerable Republican governors running for reelection in 2014.

Update: The Florida GOP has a response to Crist's claim in the ad that the current political system in Florida is "not working." Watch it below:

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