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Charlie Crist wasted no time reaching out to Obama



The Florida headquarters of the Obama campaign were electric on Nov. 4, 2008. In the frenzy, a high-ranking official's cell phone rang. It was Charlie Crist's office. He wanted to arrange a call to the president-elect, who had not yet delivered his victory speech in Chicago.

Over the next two days, more calls. "They were persistent," the official told the Buzz.

It's not clear whether Crist ever got Obama on the phone, but the day after the election, he issued a statement praising Obama (no mention of John McCain) and calling on the nation to unite behind him "to strengthen our economy and increase opportunity for all Americans."

A few months later, Crist made his now-famous appearance with Obama in Fort Myers. And months after that, he has changed his tune on the president and his policies, agitating Republicans and Democrats alike for seeming opportunistic.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:05pm]


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