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Crist Makes It Official



With his sister Catherine at his side, Attorney General Charlie Crist became the last major candidate to file qualification papers with the elections office. After filing papers Wednesday afternoon, he reiterated his support for the class size amendment, which his Republican rival, Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, opposes.
Crist also parted ways with Gallagher and other Republicans on stem cell research. He said he disagreed with President Bush's veto of a bill that would have increased federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Crist also showed his skill at finessing the personal question. He dismissed comments by Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, a Gallagher ally who said Floridians should have a traditional family including a First Lady in the governor's mansion (Crist, a bachelor, is divorced).

"What people want in a public servant is somebody who understands them. Somebody who listens to their concerns, somebody who fights for the people of Florida," Crist said.

"What do we do for a First Lady if you're elected?" reporter Rick Flagg asked Crist.

"What do we do? We look for one," Crist said. "If you've got some ideas, Rick, you let me know."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:08pm]


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