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Crist gets call from Obama



Gov. Charlie Crist got a call from President Obama during the lunch hour Tuesday.

"He wanted help with the stimulus package," Crist explained to a reporter who was talking to him when the president interrupted. Crist said he has already joined other governors in signing a letter urging passage of the federal spending package and will do all he can to be sure Florida gets its fair share. "I’m happy to help," Crist added.

It was his first phone call from the new president, but Crist said he spent some time talking to the Obamas at last Saturday night’s Alfalfa Club dinner in Washington.

Crist says he will wait until this year’s legislative session is over before deciding whether to run for the U.S. Senate or seek re-election. "It’s more than likely that I will run for re-election as governor, but I’m not focused on that right now. I am thinking about the budget and the stimulus package. It would not be appropriate to do that until after session," Crist said. Once the session ends in May, Crist said he’ll sit down with his wife, Carole, and decide what is best for the future.

Lucy Morgan


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:18pm]


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