Charlie Crist needs a course correction. Quick.
After a wasted week over his canceled Cuba trip and his wife’s tax returns, Crist needs to find a way to right his campaign ship. One way to do that is to change the subject. A candidate avoids the next bad headline by trumping it with a better story that the news media can’t resist.
This one is obvious: Crist should immediately reverse himself and agree to debate his Democratic primary opponent, former state Sen. Nan Rich of Broward County. It’s a low-risk, high-reward opportunity that will give Crist the exposure he craves and the chance to tell voters why he wants his old job back.
Here are five reasons why debating Rich makes sense:Smart politics
Democratic voters in Florida deserve to see these two side by side and hear their visions of how they would lead this state.
Rich has much less experience in head-to-head debates, and she’s the one playing catch-up in this primary. Eager to gain ground in a hurry, she may come off as combative or angry, creating a contrast to Crist’s happy-warrior image.
Crist ignores Rich at his peril. He should agree to a debate, because poor excuses for ducking her don’t cut it.