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Ad of the Day: Charlie Crist gets the John Kerry treatment

An ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pulling out a blast from the past, equating newly-minted Independent Fla. Senate candidate Charlie Crist with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), claiming Crist is a "flip-flopper" when it comes to the health care reform bill.

The ad starts with the now-classic 2004 town hall video of Sen. John Kerry claiming he voted "for the $87 billion" defense supplemental spending bill before he "voted against it." That, combined with video of Kerry windsurfing permanently branded the Democrat as a "flip-flopper" - a label he was never able to fully shake loose. The ad then pairs Kerry with the video of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) that some see as having put Democratic Senate nominee Joe Sestak over the edge in the Pennsylvania primary.

Last, but not least, cue video of Crist, claiming in a May 2 appearance on "Meet the Press," that legislators should "start over" on the health care reform legislation, and then in an Aug. 27 appearance on Central Florida News saying he "would have voted for it."

A lot changed between May and August during the health care debate, but it will be up to the voters to determine whether that is enough to exonerate Crist.

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By Emi Kolawole  |  September 15, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
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Charlie may be a flip flopper but maybe now that he doesn't have to march to the beat of the Republicans he can actually do what is right.And follow his real beliefs, not the right wing nuts.

Posted by: msjn1 | September 16, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

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