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Jeb warns Crist about 'narcotic' of gambling



In a rare interview, Jeb Bush tells Florida Baptist Witness that he isn't trying to criticize Gov. Charlie Crist, but makes clear his repulsion to gambling and warns state leaders to resist the "narcotic" of easy money.

“I think gambling is a vivid example of a culture that demands immediate gratification," giving an “impression that you can achieve things without work" and "that luck matters," the former governor said. As such, gambling is a “deterrence for true economic development."

Bush also praised House Speaker Marco Rubio's effort to stymie the gambling expansion and said he agreed that the Legislature should have some oversight of any compact with the Seminole Tribe. Several times, however, Bush says he is not aware of all that went into the accord struck by Crist. "So, I don’t want to pass judgment on his efforts."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:48am]


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