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Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist defends decision to back stimulus

By Anne E. Kornblut
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is facing a stiff Republican primary in his bid for the state's Senate seat, said he had no regrets over accepting federal stimulus money or working with President Obama.

"I don't apologize for it at all. We needed the money," Crist said in front of the White House after a governors' meeting with Obama.

Asked whether he had regrets, given the political headache the stimulus has become, Crist replied "None whatsoever," adding that he had been raised to respect the presidency regardless of who was in the job.

"By golly, when we agree on something ... I'm going to be there and I'm going to thank him," Crist said of Obama.

As for the criticism from his Republican rival, Marco Rubio, who has said that backing the stimulus was a "horrifying decision," Crist said it "doesn't matter at all -- not one iota."

"He's wrong, and I'm right," Crist said.

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First a disclaimer, the vast number of eligible Republicans won't even bother to go to the polls on the day the Crist-Rubio fiasco will be decided. Don't know which of the two men is more shallow and vapid and devoid of real leadership qualities. And this is not to boost Meek or Ferre, equally craven and opportunistic political figures.

The point is this whole elaborate game of "electing" US Senators and all the other offices in this country is being played by fewer and fewer people. It takes awhile but most people will recognize a rigged game, and when they figure out the dice are loaded they're out.

Crist and Rubio are poster boys for an era that is over now in the US. The well groomed empty-headed spokesmodel for the people who actually wield power in this country (in their debate the other day, all one fool wanted to talk about was "trust" and the other fool countered with the "God" card). And as this country enters into an existential crisis they will run away like Evan Bayh did the other day in Indiana. That is, in fact, why Crist chose to run for US Senate at all, he sees D.C. as a safer place than the governor's mansion when the tsunami arrives here in Florida. Sink and McCollum are so clueless they actually don't know the next governor will be swept out to sea.

The Florida Legislature is filled with the Crist-Rubio type and so they will all be hiding under their desks during this year's legislative session. Watch the cowards posture and preen about everything except actually closing Florida's gaping budget deficit. Closing the hole would take the courage of taking on the wealthy, their masters, the men who let them have fun playing politics and even give them a credit card to use.

Crist and Rubio symbolize impotence and soon irrelevance.

Posted by: natturner | February 28, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Is Crist (still) delusional? He assured opposition when he pushed Florida's primary to the first, set up a loser (McCain), permitted scurillous comments against his opposition on Friday so that McCain-Feingold kicked in and they couldn't rebut the "honorable' McCain's false comments before the vote on Tuesday. Accepting "stimulus" welfare and hugging BH O'Carter were simply icing on the cake.

Posted by: IQ168 | February 24, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

A few weeks ago, in a statement typical of his party’s propensity for propaganda, newly-minted Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) forcefully asserted that the Obama administration’s economic stimulus package, “hasn’t created one new job.”

The problem with Brown’s declaration is that it’s objectively false. On Wednesday, the New York Times published a piece on the bill’s far-reaching impact. The results expose just how deceitful and irresponsible the senator’s remarks were.

So, there you have it. One year on, the Recovery Act is well on its way to accomplishing all of its stated objectives. Next time the junior senator from Massachusetts speaks out of turn, I suggest he do his homework beforehand.

Read more @ http://armchairfirebrand.wordpress.com/

Posted by: ArmchairFirebrand | February 22, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Did Governor Crist explain why he lied when he told the media he did NOT KNOW President Obama was in Florida??? This fellow is worse than Chris Dodd but nowhere near as bad as Obama.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | February 22, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are fighting amongst themselves. Why?

Have some of them stopped drinking the kool-aid? Or did they read a newspaper? Maybe a history book? A science book? A comic book?

Maybe their conscience got the better of them. Or maybe they figured out their Supreme Court just made all 535 members of Congress targets of corporations who want to rule the world from the inside.

Posted by: BigTrees | February 22, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

In response to "farmsnorton" just one question. What experience does POTUS have? It is the lack of any experience other than as a self called :educator' that is causing us the problems that we now experience. Obama has no business or any other kind of experience. He has a group of persons around him that have nothing but tremendous egos and think that they know what is best for all of us.

Posted by: MALBENNET

There isn't a lack of egos in the White House, Senate or House. They wouldn't run for the office if they didn't have an ego and since it's a republic, you elect them allegedly because they do know best.

Take the GOP, for example, and look at the polls on the public option for health care. Over and over the public polls that a majority want a public option. Does the GOP support the people? Of course not. They don't want a public option because they know best. The majority in CT want a public option. Will Sen Lieberman support a public option? No way. He knows better than the people of CT that elected him.

The majority of people wanted the assault weapons ban extended. Did the GOP vote to extend the assault weapons ban? Of course not, they know better than.

Is this new? Of course not. The Philadelphia convention wasn't supposed to write a Constitution, they were supposed to amend the Articles of Confederation. But they knew better. The specifically stated that ratification should be left to the legislatures, not the people.

Now what is it that you want to do again? Do you want the Senators and Reps to vote for what the people want? Or does that only apply when it's what you want?

Posted by: James10 | February 22, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I just developed a lot more respect for Crist. I knew that he'd supported the stimulus before, but not many politicians are willing to cross their party when facing such a tough primary. Boy, our political system could really use more people who don't have a knee-jerk instinct to oppose everything the other party does.

Posted by: jeffwacker | February 22, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

The stimulus bill saved Florida from falling into total financial ruin, given that Florida is suffered more than almost any other state from the housing bust.

Crist, of course, did the right thing to protect his state's economy.

Posted by: paul65 | February 22, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

For those with a sense of humor or otherwise it is called 'take the money and run.'
What many have forgotten is that this current fun money runs out next year.
Obama and much of Congress run out in November.
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It never ceases to amaze me how peole stilll do not know what the word "stimulus" mean. Yet, you come along and prove me right. The stimulus is not totally about creating jobs. Its about preventing a second depression. Keep people from starving, keeps states from having to sacrifice vital services just to balance their budgets, AND to create meaningful ways to keep our financial and economic system from collapsing. Obama talked a 3 legged stool. (1) financial 2- housing 3-job creation, the stimulus is doing what it is designed to do.

Posted by: Sincear2021 | February 22, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Republicans under Pres. George W. Bush also pass a Stimulus bill? Yes? No?

Good for Crist. Good for Schwarzenegger.

Posted by: mdt44 | February 22, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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Yep, Under Bush there were two : 2001, which did not help, and 2008 which made matters worse. Obama learned from giving people checks as he know folks pay off debt rather than spend it to boost the GDP.

Posted by: Sincear2021 | February 22, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Republicans under Pres. George W. Bush also pass a Stimulus bill? Yes? No?

Good for Crist. Good for Schwarzenegger.

Posted by: mdt44 | February 22, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

More and more likely that Crist will need to pull a Lieberman and run as an indie in order to stay relevant in this race.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 22, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Nice to hear from you Crist, but too little too late. You should have been drawing a line in the sand against the incoherent Tea Party rage from the start. Instead you've spent months acting as if you were ashamed of your own record. As if saving the economy was irresponsible, and establishing a friendship with a Democratic president was treachery.

Rubio is a slick opportunist. You have given him boatloads of opportunity. Your defeat will inevitably be cast as a defeat for Republican moderates. That will not be true. It will be a defeat for Charlie Crist and will hopefully serve as a warning to all politicians who don't bother to stand forcefully on their beliefs.

Posted by: bidalah | February 22, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

In response to "farmsnorton" just one question. What experience does POTUS have? It is the lack of any experience other than as a self called :educator' that is causing us the problems that we now experience. Obama has no business or any other kind of experience. He has a group of persons around him that have nothing but tremendous egos and think that they know what is best for all of us.

Posted by: MALBENNET | February 22, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

In response to "farmsnorton" just one question. What experience does POTUS have? It is the lack of any experience other than as a self called :educator' that is causing us the problems that we now experience. Obama has no business or any other kind of experience. He has a group of persons around him that have nothing but tremendous egos and think that they know what is best for all of us.

Posted by: MALBENNET | February 22, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

In response to "farmsnorton" just one question. What experience does POTUS have? It is the lack of any experience other than as a self called :educator' that is causing us the problems that we now experience. Obama has no business or any other kind of experience. He has a group of persons around him that have nothing but tremendous egos and think that they know what is best for all of us.

Posted by: MALBENNET | February 22, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Stimulus bill way to expensive for the number of jobs created.

Posted by: farmsnorton | February 22, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

At ah boy Crist. This is America not some uncivilized country that fights and hates the other side simply because they have a different point of view. It is something we old folks call RESPECT. To think someone would raise money by showing a picture of hugging the president of the US -- is that a bad thing. America wants practical leaders, who will compromise and work together. Crist you have demonstrated you can do that. I can send a monkey to Washington to vote NO all day, that is so easy to do GEICO should do a commercial on that.

Rubio does not have the record to back his claims, see the story here:

http://bit.ly/cH2cYK

Stimulus is working keepin ppl payin bills and maybe saving enough to get that loan to start a business

Posted by: republicanblack | February 22, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Stimulus being treated as the "litmus test" for Republican Canidates?
The Republican Senators voted in lock-step to oppose the Stimulus much to the dismay of many of their constituency who could have used the money.
The White House is CORRECT. The Stimulus saved jobs Right here in Maryland. In Montgomery County teachers and Para Eucators would have been laid- off if not for the influx of cash from the Federal Government.
In Prince Georges County --same thing,
In Places like Ohio and Florida and Louisana the stimulus saved jobs and for the Republicans to continue to insist that the Stimulus did not create any jobs is definately an uNTHRUTH.
Everynight Rachael Maddow points out many instances where the Republicans show up at events taking credit for jobs that the stimulus provided. then come back to Washington and claim that the stimulus did NOT create any jobs.
What is the effect of the stimulus? --no one can tell But to continue to insist that the stimulus is a failure is an UNTYHRUTH.
Tell that to the Fireman or Teacher in Ohio who did not get laid off and did not loose his/her home.!

Posted by: Carprin | February 22, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

For those with a sense of humor or otherwise it is called 'take the money and run.'
What many have forgotten is that this current fun money runs out next year.
Obama and much of Congress run out in November.

Posted by: KBlit | February 22, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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