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Crist in Brazil, day one




Gov. Charlie Crist during a meeting Monday at the Sao Paulo state Federation of Industries. Crist is on a five-day trade mission to boost ties between Florida and Brazil. (AP photo)

Times correspondent David Adams filed this report from Brazil:

Gov. Crist kicked off the mission in Sao Paulo with a dinner at the Churrascaria Fogo de Chao, sponsored by General Motors, which has a major operation in Brazil producing the country's now famous 'flex-fuel' cars, which can run on a mixture of gasoline and ethanol. GM's president, Ray Young, told the mission that Brazil is now GM's third largest operation in the world after the US and China. The company also has a large technical base of operations here with 3,300 technicians working on new vehicles and engines.

Crist hasn't said much yet publicly about his trip. "This is an exciting place to be," he told last night's dinner in his welcome remarks. Crist who famously doesn't eat much, sat opposite the US ambassador at dinner and former Republican state chairman, Al Cardenas. (More at our sister blog, the Fueling Station.)


Crist shakes hands with Paulo Skaf, president of the Sao Paulo state Federation of Industries, as he gives a thumbs-up to photographers on Monday. (AP photo)

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:25am]


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