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Charlie Crist: No more negative campaigning for me

Charlie-crist Caught up with Charlie Crist in St. Petersburg this morning at the press conference for the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive by mail carrierse. We asked him about his comment bemoaning the "constant bickering and attacking in politics," when he recently spent weeks and hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking Marco Rubio's character.

"We both did,'' Crist responded (not quite accurately as Rubio never attacked Crist's character), going on to say he was done with negative campaigning. "I've got a record and I'm going to run on it. It's time to move on."

Crist also again said he has "significant concern" with a bill with abortion restriction amendments (HB 1143), though he is still reviewing it: "Even though I'm pro-life I don't want to impose my will on others," he said.

On Jeb Bush's endorsement of Marco Rubio today: "I thought that happened a long time ago."

Asked what he thinks about Arizona's controversial immigration law giving law enforecement more authority to stop and check documentation of suspected illegal immigrants, Crist responded, "Not very much,'' and noted that he's the grandson of an immigrant. "I think it sends the wrong message." (A new Rasmussen poll found 62 percent of Florida voters support that law).

The governor made a point of pointing out the color of his tie - purple.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:34pm]

    

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