Charlie Crist and Obamacare (in case you’re wondering . . .)

During his 2010 run for the U.S. Senate, self described “Reagan Republican” turned “Jeb Bush Republican” turned “Independent Conservative” Charlie Crist, in response to the question “Health care bill, how would you have voted on that?” from Orlando TV station Central Florida News 13, stated, “I would have voted for it but I think it can be done better. I really do.”

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/08/27/crist-stumbles-on-health-care-question/

Later that same day, Crist said, “Apparently, based on an interview this afternoon, there may be some confusion regarding my position on health care.  If I misspoke, I want to be abundantly clear: the health care bill was too big, too expensive, and expanded the role of government far too much.  Had I been in the United States Senate at the time, I would have voted against the bill because of unacceptable provisions like the cuts to the Medicare Advantage program.”

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/08/27/crist-stumbles-on-health-care-question/

In the words of Alex Pareene in Salon, Crist “said that while the healthcare reform bill was flawed, he would’ve voted for it.  His campaign immediately issued a “clarification” explaining that he would not have voted for it.”

http://www.salon.com/2010/08/30/charlie_crist_suports_opposes_everything/

Typical Crist.

5 thoughts on “Charlie Crist and Obamacare (in case you’re wondering . . .)”

  1. But… but… now he loves children and not just unborn fetuses and fertilized eggs, and now he’s OK with same-sex unions, and now he loves Democrats as much as he loves Jeb Bush and he loved Scott Rothstein and Jim Greer, and now he loves Obamacare and pretty soon he’ll be marching in the streets for the rights of the poor and the disabled. And besides that, Mitch Ceasar and the leadership of the FDP will tell us all that there are no other choices for the Democratic gubernatorial primary, and anybody who wants anyone other than Charlie should sit down and shut up.

  2. Has “Mitch Ceasar and the leadership of the FDP” (not necessarily folks always in lockstep) taken a position on a Charlie Crist candidacy (as you imply)?

    As far as I can see (and according to Crist himself, if what he told the Herald is credible), Crist’s biggest boosters are in NY and DC and on MSNBC, including the national OFA leadership and Obama’s White House political staff. (The same folks who did absolutely nothing for Kendrick Meek and were not so quietly rooting for pre-conversion, anti Obamacare, anti marriage equality candidate Crist for Senate.)

    On the other hand, if we re-nominate a losing candidate, whose biggest qualification for the job last time was her marriage to an earlier losing candidate, we will get what we deserve.

    BTW, there was an election last weekend. Mitch won. Get over it.

  3. Just what the Florida State Democratic Party needs going into the 2014 Governor’s campaign: Fights among the members.

  4. “Fights among the members”? It’s called a primary, it’s part of the small D democratic process, and, until we see the complete field, there’s no need to anoint a former “Reagan Republican” as our standard bearer. Did we all really work so hard only to set up a contest between a Reagan republican and a Tea party republican ????

  5. Barry, you are so right!!!!
    As you wrote: “there’s no need to anoint a former “Reagan Republican” as our standard bearer.” Just look at the GOP. They said the same thing you just wrote about Democrat Reagan, who was also a Union President. History has clearly shown that the GOP never accepted Democrat Reagan and worked so hard to kick him out of their Party, right?
    Right ~ that is why Reagan won twice as YOUR POTUS as a Republican.!

    Barry, ready to eat CROW?!?!?!!

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