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Is Rubio a 'pessimist' or a realist?



When Gov. Charlie Crist took a shot at "pessimists" during his speech tonight, was he talking about House Speaker Marco Rubio?

Of the three speeches given today, Rubio's was the most downbeat. But does a blunt take on the state's budget, insurance and tax challenges qualify as pessimism?

"We have all the reason to be optimistic, but we’ve got to do the things to justify that optimism,” Rubio told the Buzz after Crist's address.

"The reality is we have a very significant economic downturn. ... It’s not that we’re pessimistic about it; this has to be addressed. The facts are the facts. I believe Florida has everything it takes to be successful. But we do have to confront the challenges of our time. And if we confront them with boldness, with vision, then Florida's vision is going to be better than our history."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:15pm]


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