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Oil pays dividends for Charlie Crist

The nation's worst environmental disaster could be Gov. Charlie Crist's lucky charm.

The once-floundering U.S. Senate candidate is sitting on top of the polls, largely thanks to round-the-clock — and free of charge — publicity as he monitors the gulf oil spill.

There's Crist donning a life jacket for a boat tour. There he is clasping hands with protesters on the sand. There he is again, fielding questions from CBS Early Show anchor Harry Smith and CNN's Candy Crowley. (story here)

Also our story on Marco Rubio, who could not make it to the Panhandle today due to bad weather but met with residents via Skype.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:45am]


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