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Charlie Crist breaks silence on Dick Cheney

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is promoting the laughable notion that Gov. Charlie Crist is ducking questions on whether he would campaign with former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Silly DSCC. Crist ducks almost every question. Still, we gave it a shot. We asked Crist if, like Republican Senate campaign chief and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, he would "be proud" to campaign with Cheney.

"Would I be proud to? Nobody's offered. Let's see. I don't want to deal in hypotheticals," Crist said. "I think the vice president did a great job for President Bush."

Huh? Anyone see Cheney's poll numbers? Well, maybe he made the former Prez look better.

As for stumping with Cheney, it's certainly unlikely. Crist owes the former v.p. nothing (and vice-versa). Remember it was gov-candidate Crist in 2006 who declined to stump with then-President Bush. A far bigger deal. And it doesn't matter anyway. The average Florida voter is far more worried about taxes, healthcare, education, transportation, firearms and whatever else.  Who really cares about Dick, except for party/campaign hacks on both sides of the aisle?

--Marc Caputo

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:02pm]


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