Now that the general election is off and running, Charlie Crist has made it official with his first flip-flop since the primary!
From the Tampa Tribune:
In an Orlando television interview, Gov. Charlie Crist told an interviewer he would have voted for the health care reform plan proposed by the Obama administration—a dizzying reversal of his previous position—but then retracted the comment, saying he misspoke.
In an interview with Scott Harris of CFLN in Orlando, asked about the health care bill, Crist said, “I would have voted for it but I think it can be done better, I really do.”
Sorry Charlie. From his website, under the ironic headline: FACT CHECK: My Position, The Obama Health Care Plan, and dated July 29, 2010:
FACT CHECK: Recent reports in the media have confused my position on the Obama health care bill.
The Obama 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. But being an independent, I have the freedom to be an honest broker for the people of Florida without regard for political party, and the reality is this: despite its serious flaws, the Obama health care bill does have some positive aspects.
Repeal must be accompanied by a responsible substitute — repeal without passage of a substitute law protecting those with pre-existing conditions, closing the prescription drug donut hole for seniors, and allowing parents to keep their children on their insurance coverage until age 26 would be wrong. While I would not have supported the legislation, we have to recognize the positive components and work together across party lines to make our health care system more affordable for both consumers and the government.
This debate must not be about political posturing; it must be about protecting the people of Florida and America, and I intend to do that hard work when I get to the United States Senate.
Today’s Charlie Crist FACT CHECK: “I misspoke.”
So let me get this straight. Back in July the media was “confused” by his position. So Crist had to do a fact check on his website, which Crist was evidently so confused by himself when he did this interview that he misspoke, then retracted it, and now would have us believe he would have voted for it even though he didn’t like it? Trying to have both ways anyone?
Back in March, Crist wrote a letter to Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL), his rival in the Senate race, and urged Meek to vote against the plan. The letter, released by the Meek campaign today, said this:
….do what is in the best interest of the people of Florida by voting “no” on this bill.
Floridians deserve quality health care with increased access and lower costs. What Floridians don’t need is the current legislation that increases taxes, raises premiums and cuts Medicare that President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, and Speaker Pelosi are jamming through Congress.
Again, put the people of Florida first – I urge you to vote “no” on the Democrat health care bill.
“Jamming through.” How very “GOP” of Crist. You can read the entire letter here.
This probably won’t be the last time he changes his position, depending on which way the polls go on any given day. If Crist were to win in November, it looks like health care for Floridians would be no more than a toss up.