Well, it’s another day, and another flip-flop, or two, for Charlie Crist. He came out in defense of himself, and his previous selves, yesterday when an ad by one of his two opponents, Kendrick Meek, came out. He claimed that Kendrick Meek was “off the mark” by saying he was the only candidate who was against privatizing Social Security, and the only one who was pro-choice, according to the Palm Beach Post:
“I think it’s off the mark,” Crist said of the ad.
“I’m not advocating privatizing Social Security,” Crist said.
Well, maybe not now. But the 1998 Charlie? Perhaps.
Meek’s campaign says Crist, as a GOP Senate candidate against Democrat Bob Graham in 1998, indicated in a Stuart News questionnaire that he was open to “maybe” privatizing 1 or 2 percent of Social Security.
On the subject of abortion? Well, just try to sort these explanations out. Go on. I dare you.
As for Meek’s abortion claim, Crist said, “I’m pro-life, that’s my personal position. But as you know I vetoed a bill this year that would have required an ultrasound that I think was too invasive and didn’t respect women in the way that they should be. So that kind of leaves choice to women.”
When he was a Republican seeking the GOP Senate nomination, Crist played up his “pro-life” stance, but qualified it by saying he would “rather change hearts” than change laws.
Charlie, way back:
As a GOP candidate for governor in 2006, Crist told The Palm Beach Post: “I’m pro-life. And I believe in a culture that supports life. But I also obviously am very respectful of those who have a different point of view. And I’ve said publicly that I think it’s more important to change hearts than change the law and wouldn’t attempt to do so.”
So I guess we’ll just put Charlie down as a “but I….” since he plans to have it both ways. But then that’s the way Charlie rolls, is it not? A little GOP here, a little Democrat there, with a little Independent sprinkled everywhere in between.
Of course, how he stands NOW will likely change should he win his sought after Senate seat. All that really matters is what he does then, but that’s anyone’s guess, right? Well, there may be a little hint about that right here:
Before speaking to about 100 people at today’s lunch, Crist was asked about the Bush tax cuts, which are set to expire Dec. 31. President Obama has called for ending the tax break for the wealthiest earners, pushing them into a 39.6 percent bracket instead of the current 35 percent top rate.
“I think we ought to extend the tax cuts to everybody,” Crist said. “I think it’s very important to reduce the tax burden on Florida families, on small businesses throughout the state, give them an opportunity to have of their more money in their pocket so they can hire more people and provide for more jobs.”
Yes, the beloved Republican ideal, tax cuts for the rich folks, and the phantom jobs all those cuts create. I think that’s all we need to hear.
Charlie’s continuing the charade anyway though.
Crist declined to say whether he’d caucus with Republicans or Democrats if he’s elected to the Senate.
“What’s important is to listen to the people of Florida and understand that they’re my boss,” Crist said.
See? Just like it says in his new ad, brought to you by the letters A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N-S:
It’s all about Americans!