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The Big Chill (Crist and the White House)



Gov. Charlie Crist confirmed Wednesday that it's still pretty icy between himself and the White House following his snub of the president at an election eve rally in Pensacola.

A reporter asked Crist whether he supports the president's plan for a troop surge in Iraq, and the governor said "I don't want to prejudge what the policy may be before it's announced." The reporter followed up by asking Crist if he had been briefed by the Department of Defense -- since the surge will affect National Guard troops in Florida.

Speaking very slowly for emphasis, Crist said: "Not since Pensacola. No."

U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, the new chairman of the Republican National Committee, has publicly acknowledged a deep rift, and has said that "healing" will be necessary over time, but that the wound will heal.

The day before his election victory, Crist opted to fly around to eight cities and media markets, leaving Gov. Jeb Bush to be with his older brother in Pensacola. White House political adviser Karl Rove later criticized Crist's chief of staff, George LeMieux, for the snub.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:25pm]


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