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Crist's shifting rhetoric on tax relief, gambling

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WHAT HE SAID THEN: 'DROPPING LIKE A ROCK'

May 4, the last day of the Florida Legislature:
"A few more weeks for property taxes dropping like a rock. It will happen before (next year's tax) bills go out; that's all that matters."

March 21, at a speech to Broward County civic leaders:
"Don't believe what you're seeing in some of the papers -- not all of them -- that the rates aren't going to go down as much as we would like. They are -- I guarantee it -- they're going to keep going down."

WHAT HE SAYS NOW: 'GALACTICALLY STUPID'

Aug. 17, to the Times editorial board:
"I never promised anything. I'm not going to overpromise. I'm very careful about how I speak. What I've done is promise this administration's best efforts to do everything we can to reduce the burden of property insurance and property taxes. I can't say it will be a 30 percent reduction. I'd be a moron to say that. Why would I do that? That would be galactically stupid."

WHAT HE SAID THEN: AGAINST EXPANDED GAMBLING

Oct. 18, 2006, on campaign plane, flying from Orlando to Miami:
"You have a duty to negotiate with the Seminoles, in a compact. But I am not a proponent of expanding gambling."

Asked about a St. Petersburg Times story that day speculating about future slot machines:
"I'm against it. The (budget) numbers work without it."

WHAT HE SAYS NOW: LET'S BE OPEN-MINDED

Aug. 21, 2007, speaking to reporters after a mansion event
"There are some other opportunities we're looking forward to help us with the budget challenges we have today. We're negotiating with the tribe ... I want to be open-minded and I want us to be innovative."

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