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Buzz's 5 Questions: RNC Chair stands by Greer, defends Charlie Crist on stimulus



Buzz caught up with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele as he raised money in Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando for our periodic 5 Questions segment. The RNC chairman expressed full confidence in state GOP chairman Jim Greer and was steadfastly neutral in the GOP Senate primary featuring Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist. But for someone who once open to punishing Republican senators who backed the stimulus package he was strikingly sympathetic with Charlie Crist's campaigning for its passage:


"People need to understand, being governor is not as simple as right or left or up or down,'' Steele said when asked about Crist's support for the stimulus. "It's leadership and it takes a lot of hard work and you've got to balance a lot of things. I think Charlie Crist has spoken to the people of Florida about that and they get to judge it."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:09pm]


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