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PolitiFact runs Crist's stimulus stance through Truth-O-Meter



Gov. Charlie Crist gets a rare Pants On Fire from PolitiFact for saying he didn't endorse the stimulus. From

Tom-pof-pf Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, facing a potentially bruising Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, continues to run from any assertion that he is linked to President Barack Obama.

Last week Crist told reporters he didn't know Obama was traveling in Florida. On Wednesday, Crist told a national television audience he didn't endorse the $787 billion federal stimulus bill pushed by Obama and passed by Congress in February.

"I didn't endorse it," Crist told CNN host Wolf Blitzer. "I -- you know, I didn't even have a vote on the darned thing. But I understood that it was going to pass and I wanted to be able to utilize it for the benefit of my fellow Floridians."

This, from the same man who skipped a Florida Cabinet meeting to campaign with Obama for the stimulus in Fort Myers in February? Who went on national talk shows and across the state selling the plan?

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:26pm]


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