"We're only 12 days away. Florida has an important decision to make in 12 days, just 12 days."
And the next 12 days will be crucial for Charlie Crist, who has watched his lead narrow. After the primary election, polls showed Crist with a leg up over his Democratic opponent Jim Davis.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday listed Davis with a 46 to 44 lead over Crist, but a new poll released Wednesday has the candidates neck in neck.
Wednesday’s trip to the panhandle comes on the heals of Tuesday’s televised debate. Crist and Davis battled about fixing Florida’s property insurance system, lowing taxes, and pulling the FCAT.
"It's important for people to see us communicate sincerely from our hearts for the vision and future of our state. They don't want to see us griping at us, they want to hear what Charlie Crist is gonna do if elected governor."
U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, and Speaker of the House Allan Bense showed their support at the event.
"We've had eight great years with Jeb Bush. We're gonna have eight great more years with Charlie Crist."
"They should vote for me if they want less government and more freedom, if they want someone who backs our military, if they want someone who reduces taxes."
Wednesday's event drew a crowd of about 200 people, including about a dozen local politicians. U.S. Sen. John McCain was scheduled to attend the rally. He had to cancel last minute due to an unexpected death in his family.