Crist: 'McCain's going to win'
Gov. Charlie Crist predicted the Rays would make the playoffs and they did. He predicted voters would pass the Amendment 1 property tax cut, and they did. He said Monday that John McCain is in good shape in Florida, despite not choosing him as his running mate, and said: "I think Sen. McCain's going to win regardless. I really do."
He dismissed the suggestion in a weekend New York Times piece that he would be more bullish on McCain's campaign if his pre-taped seven-minute speech was shown to TV viewers at the Republican convention in August. "No, it's probably better that it didn't play. It wasn't that good," Crist said. "I couldn't be more enthused about Sen. McCain and his opportunity to be our next president." He said he will campaign alongside McCain if the senator, as expected, returns to Tampa on Wednesday.
Crist also encouraged state agencies to utilize a little-noticed provision in state law that says state workers "may" be given up to an hour off to vote during working hours. Most state employees are Democrats. "I'm sure they're aware of it, and I would encourage them to do so," Crist said.
Asked what he thinks of the wisdom of the possibility of using foreclosure lists to challenge the legitimacy of any voters, Crist said: "Not much. I don't understand why it would be something we would pursue."