Crist Sidesteps Question on Party Caucus Choice

Monday, 30 Aug 2010 12:50 PM

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist remains coy about which political party he would caucus with if he emerged the victor in the state’s three-way contest for the U.S. Senate.

Crist, who switched from Republican to independent this year when his chances appeared slim to beat former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio for the Republican, declined to commit during an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

However, Roll Call noted that Crist’s “shifts on key policies since leaving the GOP could indicate an intention to pursue Florida’s Democratic vote and to join forces with the Democrats” if he defeats Rubio and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek in November.

Noting that the caucusing question is moot unless he wins, Crist said, “I’ve got to work very hard to make sure I achieve the trust and support of my fellow Floridians to continue to be a public servant for them. I think they know the way I’m going to go: I’m going to go the way that’s best for them, and I sincerely mean that — and that’s very important. I don’t have to say whether I’m going to caucus with the Democrats or Republicans.

“I think the important thing, if I have the honor of winning, is asking tough questions,” he said. “We’ll make a decision thereafter.”

Crist also was asked about apparent flip-flopping on the new healthcare. Before bowing out of the GOP primary, he had said he would have voted against it had he been a senator then. Last week, he said he would have supported it but then backtracked.

On Sunday, he said on the CNN show that he would have opposed the overhaul but now wants to work to “fix” it.

For the full story at RollCall.com — Go Here Now.

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