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Charlie Crist confident of victory over David Jolly in congressional race



Democrat Charlie Crist declined to criticize David Jolly, his likely rival for the 13th Congressional District, but expressed confidence he is position to win.

"We have better turnouts typically," he said of Democrats and presidential election years. "Things went well for us in the district even in the gubernatorial election with a lot of money spent against us. I feel good about things."

The district also got a touch more Democratic as a result of redistricting.

Crist did not offer specific criticisms of Jolly, who today dropped out of the Senate race to run for the House seat he now occupies.

"I think generally speaking Congress has been pretty dysfunctional. We need leaders that can get things done and can work with others," Crist said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. "Congress while he's been there has not been that place, and that's unfortunate."

"Listen, I'm not here to name call, certainly not on someone's announcement day. He did that to us, but that's not my style ... It's just Day One and we'll take it from here."

"I'm running because I think it's important to the district that we have somebody in Washington who can work across the aisle and protect Social Security and fight for Medicare, ensure we have better schools. I care about my home."

Crist said he supports Democratic calls for an assault weapons ban. "In the wake of what's happened in Orlando, it's hard to reach another conclusion. It's just common sense."
Asked about Donald Trump's call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S., Crist called it "ridiculous. It's just wrong."

"I can't believe the kind of rhetoric he puts out," Crist said of Trump. "It's disturbing, troubling and our country deserves better and I sure hope Secretary Clinton is our next president."

On his nemesis Marco Rubio potentially running for re-election after vowing not to: "I'll leave that to the voters. I obviously feel Patrick Murphy would be a tremendous U.S. senator. He's been a great congressman and he's a dear friend."

No thoughts on Rubio?

"It's a lot of bouncing around. In a one-year period."


[Last modified: Friday, June 17, 2016 12:18pm]


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