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Crist greets Obama as president arrives in Florida

By Anne E. Kornblut
TAMPA -- This time, they didn't hug. But President Obama did shake hands with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) as he landed in Florida on Thursday.

The welcome was politically significant only because Crist has taken a beating from Marco Rubio -- his Republican primary opponent in Florida's U.S. Senate race -- for embracing the president during a trip promoting the stimulus package last year.

That prompted rumors that Crist might not welcome Obama to Florida this time, to show his distance from the president. But as Obama stepped off Air Force One at MacDill Air Force Base, Crist waited on the tarmac to greet him.

Vice President Biden, who arrived in Florida separately to help Obama launch his post-State of the Union tour, joined the two of them for a photograph.

By Anne E. Kornblut  |  January 28, 2010; 1:34 PM ET
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Hopefully the president gives Christ the 'Obama Touch', just like he did for liberals in Virginia and in the Democratic Strongholds of New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Obama needs to do a little more sugarcoating of his message that government is a better custodian of the people's earnings than the people are.

Posted by: luncheaterguy | February 2, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

As a demoncrat, I can never stop being amazed at how easily republicans are able to intemidate demoncrats in both chambers but most especially in the senate into submission. How in the world can 59 senate demoncrats consider themselves minority and consider 41 republicans majority. It is extremely shameful to hear and see this bunch of spineless cowards crying and rolling over themselves because of losing one election. If those senators fail to pass healthcare, I pary that everyone of them be kicked out of office come November. I rather suffer at the hands of republicans than at the hands of my own party.

Posted by: jfreeman1 | January 28, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown: Tells The GOP, Sometimes I'll Vote With You and Sometimnes, I Won't"

Brown Tells The GOP: "I Got Here with a Small Group Of Friends,To Get Down Here"

I Told You All, Scott Brown is an Independent-Moderate.

GOP Followers Call Him a [RINO] But he Never Used Republican Logo & He Rejected Republican Help. Especially Romney and Palin.

BOSTON — Scott Brown says he has already told Senate Republican leaders they won't always be able to count on his vote. The man who staged an upset in last week's Massachusetts Senate special election, in part by pledging to be the 41st GOP vote against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that he staked his claim in early conversations with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip Jon Kyl.

"I already told them, you know, `I got here with the help of a close group of friends and very little help from anyone down there, so there'll be issues when I'll be with you and there are issues when I won't be with you,'" Brown said Thursday during the half-hour interview. "So, I just need to look at each vote and then make a proper analysis and then decide."

Asked how McConnell and Kyl responded, Brown said, "They understood. They said, `You can probably do whatever you want, Scott. And, so, just let us know where your head's at, and we'll talk it through, and just keep us posted.'"

The senator-elect did not elaborate on possible breaking points, though the Washington newcomer dismissed any suggestion he will relent once he starts working in the highly partisan capital.

"That's not pressure; pressure is what I'm going through right now," said Brown. He cited his efforts to complete a transition in 2 1/2 weeks, compared with the normal 2 1/2 months for regularly elected senators, while preparing to surrender his responsibilities as a state senator, become a Beltway commuter and resume his triathlon training.

He started Thursday with a one-hour bike ride and 1,500-meter swim.

"I'm trying to do it very well and be balanced and still get my workouts in," said Brown. "There's nothing wrong with having good conversation and debating. We do it here in our own caucus, at a smaller level. ... It's just a different building, really."

Posted by: omaarsblade | January 28, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Poor Charlie Christ. He's no Lawton Chiles, but he doesn't deserve what Rubio and thugs are going to do to him because he dared be friendly to a non tea partier.

Posted by: wdague | January 28, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Crist is still playing for the general election but he might not get past the primary if he continues to antagonize the conservative base.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 28, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Donny but Rubio is a far right wing republican beating Crist in the primary. True Brown played down being a republican but everyone knew what he was.
Also he won by 5% not 3.Even though the democats have 59 votes if the GOP holds together they can stop any legislation.
Come November the democrats will be lucky to hold the house and will lose a lot of seats in the senate.
the American people are fickle, they seem to hate whoever is in charge of the coutry.

Posted by: jtemple1 | January 28, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing against Crist, but Rubio a Dem IS burying him in that poll for FL Senate. The GOP is still stroking each other over the Brown win in Massachusetts. However, they are choicing to ignore some heavy facts:

(1) Brown won by only 3 %

(2) Brown did NOT identify himself as a Republican in ANY of his ads or campaign materials

(3) Massachusetts has not dog in the national healthcare reform fight. THey have enjoyed state-run universal healthcare since 2006.

(4) The votes are still stacked against the GOP:

Senate: Dems 59 votes - GOP 41 votes
House: Dems 257 votes - GOP 178 votes
White House: Dems 1 vote - GOP 0 votes


Posted by: free-donny | January 28, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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