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Crist won't endorse a GOP governor candidate in primary



Florida's former top Republican said he won't pick a favorite in the Republican gubernatorial primary. "I am not going to endorse in that race," said Charlie Crist, who is running for the U.S. Senate as an independent. "I have my hands full with my race."

What about Democrat Alex Sink? "I will have a favorite by Nov. 2," said Crist. Asked if he would share that name with voters, he said, "I doubt it."

Crist, who on Thursday toured a center for people with developmental disabilities in St. Petersburg, said he would tune into the primary debate tonight in between Tampa Bay Rays baseball innings.

Crist also said that if elected, he would not support a growing effort to change the Constitution to deny children of illegal immigrants U.S. citizenship.

"I don’t think it should be amended," he said. "The 14th Amendment honors the fact that if you are born in America you are an American. Is it something that we should continue to honor."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:17am]


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