Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Crist says he'd have voted for health care,
then retracts -- 'I misspoke'

Here we go again. How does Gov. Charlie Crist, I-Fla., make up his mind? It depends on whom he talks to.

From William March of The Tampa Tribune on Aug. 27:
TAMPA - In an Orlando television interview, Gov. Charlie Crist told an interviewer he would have voted for the health care reform plan proposed by the Obama administration — a dizzying reversal of his previous position — but then retracted the comment, saying he misspoke.

In an interview with Scott Harris of CFLN in Orlando, asked about the health care bill, Crist said, "I would have voted for it but I think it can be done better, I really do."

That reverses Crist's position, stated on his web site, plus other past comments including his support of Attorney General Bill McCollum's lawsuit against the health care legislation.

Crist's opponents, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek, both pounced on Crist's reversal and re-reversal -- Meek saying Crist has "political amnesia" and Rubio saying, "This is getting ridiculous ... [Crist] doesn't actually care about health care, he only cares about getting himself elected."

Even Crist supporters would have to acknowledge he's shown flexibility in his views since he began becoming alienated from the Republican Party, but this reversal is in a different category.


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