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Flip-floppers: Rubio and Crist change positions on early primary, gay marriage

PolitiFact put Sen. Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist to the Flip-O-Meter and both came out poorly, Rubio for changing positions on Florida's early presidential primary, and Crist reversal on gay marriage.

Rubio: There is little doubt that Rubio has changed position on whether Florida should jump the line and have an early primary. Back in 2007, he pushed the change through the Florida Legislature. Just recently, he supported moving the date back. He says facts on the ground have changed: The penalties exacted by the political parties are harsher. Meanwhile, campaign cash from super PACs means candidates are hanging in longer and extending the campaign season.

Be that as it may, the move is a major reversal of position. We’ll call it what it is: Full Flop!

Crist: Looking back through his political career in Florida, we found that Crist’s opinion has traversed the spectrum. As a Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2006, Crist signed a petition to help get a gay marriage ban on the Florida ballot and said he supported "traditional marriage."

While governor, he appeared to soften on the subject, saying he was a "live and let live" kind of person. But he voted for the ban nonetheless. As a Senate candidate, he stopped short of endorsing gay marriage, saying he supported civil unions that afforded the legal benefits of marriage.

Now, out of office but potentially eyeing a comeback, Crist has made his flip-flop complete, offering full-throated support for gay marriage.

That’s what we call a Full Flop.

[Last modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 3:08pm]


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