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Marco Rubio a stimulus flip-flopper? Nah



Did Rubio really change his position in saying he would have accepted some of the federal stimulus money? Not seeing it.

From everything I've seen Rubio has been consistent in criticizing Charlie Crist for campaigning for the stimulus package - not for accepting the money and spending it. ("It's one thing to say you'll accept the funds from the federal government. It's another to actively advocate those policies, which I think are disastrous for America,'' he told the Weekly Standard in May).

Meanwhile, Rubio until the WFLA interview with Keith Cate has been consistently evasive when asked whether he would have spent the stimulus money. The folks saying he reversed course or once said he would not have accepted the money apparently  base that on this Times/Herald video. His answer there is ambiguous, though. I can see why some people think he was saying he would not have taken the money, but I suspect he was dodging the question (yet again) and instead saying that if he had been governor he would have been willing to make tough cuts (which he won't identify) to balance the budget without billions in stimulus dollars from the feds.

When it comes to his stance on accepting stimulus money, Rubio may be guilty of being a typical evasive, double-talking politician. But not a flip-flopper.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:09pm]


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