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Jeb: It's 'appropriate' for Crist to appear with Obama



Appearing on NBC's Today Show on the morning that President Barack Obama is scheduled to hold a town hall in Florida, former Gov.Jeb Bush was asked whether he would have joined the president as Gov. Charlie Crist did one year ago to push the administration's economic stimulus plan.

"I would go when the president comes to the state,'' he said. "I think it's more than appropriate. It's not a sign of support. I wouldn't have necessarily embraced the stimulus plan that did not have support in the state and campaign for it and put Republicans in a vulnerable position."

In other words: handshake, but no hug. (Crist is planning to greet Obama on the airport tarmac this morning.)

Remember, it was Crist who stood up Jeb's brother, former President George W. Bush, when he visited Florida right before the 2006 election.

Jeb also said this morning: "I think that leaders on both sides of the aisle need to figure out where there is common ground and at least focus on that. ... It's one thing to give a good speech. The other thing is to invite people that don't agree exactly with your point of view to build consensus."

Beth Reinhard


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:15pm]


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