Presidential politics, age, and a contrast in styles: DeSantis and Crist take center stage at Florida’s lone gubernatorial debate

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, and former Rep. Charlie Crist, a Democrat of Florida, participate in a debate at the Sunrise Theatre, Monday, October 24, 2022, in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democrat Charlie Crist debated on Monday. 
They disagreed on abortion, immigration, and education. 
DeSantis, the youngest governor in America, also bashed Crist over his age. 

FORT PIERCE, Florida — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democrat Charlie Crist, a former congressman, faced off Monday in their lone debate before the election to decide who will lead Florida over the next four years. 

DeSantis has become a fan favorite to run for president in 2024, particularly if former President Donald Trump doesn’t run again. Republicans have an advantage in Florida because they’ve out-registered Democrats by 270,000 people in the state, and DeSantis also has significantly outraised Crist, who was a Republican governor from 2007 to 2011. 

The debate Monday was Crist’s…

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