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PolitiFact Florida on the 'flippin' unbelievable' ad

Angie Drobnic Holan, PolitiFact Editor

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 9:21am

A new ad with an old complaint against Charlie Crist calls it "flippin' unbelievable" -- then recounts how Crist has flip-flopped on, well, many things.

The ad, put out by the Republican Party of Florida, could have chosen any number of Crist's positions to highlight, but this one focused on four significant issues: party affiliation, the health care law, abortion and the stimulus. For the most part, it uses clips of Crist's own contradictory comments before concluding, "That's flippin' nuts" and "Charlie Crist, typical flippin' politician."

Crist as flip-flopper isn't a new political attack, and it's up to voters to decide whether his many changes of position are sincere or cynical. Many -- but not all -- seem to track with his change of party from Republican to Democrat.

As for the ad's substance, it's on solid ground for saying that Crist has changed positions on two issues and gets partial credit for the other two.

Read the full PolitiFact Florida report here.