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Crist wants to lure Cubs, takes swipe at Rubio

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January

Addressing reporters and editors from around the state, Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday said he will push for legislation to give the Chicago Cubs $15 million in incentives to move their spring training camp from Arizona to Naples.

"Governing in times when money is not flowing is hard, but when the going gets tough, the tough gets going, and we're going,'' he said. "Most of what we will focus on this session will relate to the economy, to jobs."

It's likely a futile move given that local officials in Arizona already passed an incentive package.

Crist also conceded that his strategy for closing the state's budget hinges on federal government programs like the "Race to the Top'' initiative that could bring millions of dollars to public schools.

As he departed, Crist took a swipe at his Republican rival for the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio, the former House speaker who has caught up to him in the polls. "I don't have the luxury of going around the state and politicking all day,'' Crist said. "I'm going to do my job. I am the governor of Florida, and I am going to fight for the people every day.''

On his way out of the forum, thanks to some fortuitous elevator timing, Crist managed to avoid rubbing shoulders with Rubio.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:15pm]

    

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