Gov. Crist: Supporting Stimulus ‘the Right Thing to Do’
February 22, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist pushed back against criticism from his own party for supporting President Obama’s stimulus bill. During an appearance on MSNBC Monday morning, Crist spoke like a decent and rational politician, rather than a rabid GOP partisan uttering anti-Obama right-wing talking points, and it was quite refreshing. The beleaguered governor has paid a price for his decency, with the angry teabaggers’ supporting his Republican challenger for the U.S. Senate, right-winger Marco Rubio. “It was the right thing to do,” said Crist. “We needed the money.”
Crist pointed out that our economy was in free fall and about to enter a major depression, unless something was done:
“It was the right thing to do,” Crist said. “Our economy was going off into the abyss and if we didn’t have those monies, we would have had 87,000 people out of work today in the Sunshine State. Twenty thousand of those are educators, and how many people does that translate into in terms of the children they teach?”
“It was the right thing to do. We needed the money. That’s why what every Republican governor in the country took it. It was a common sense approach to take it, added Crist.”
But unlike Crist, many Republican governors are hypocritically trashing the stimulus bill publicly, while begging for the funds privately. And those same Republicans have been appearing at ribbon-cutting ceremonies in their states praising the bill.
Crist has also taken heat form his party for appearing alongside President Obama, during the president’s visit to Florida last year, announcing the stimulus package:
“I am a guy who understands that the President of the United States deserves respect, and when the president comes to my state and it’s the first time he comes to Florida after he is sworn in about a month before, I am going to be there and represent the people of my state, because I am the governor of all the people, all the 20 million people who live in Florida almost, I am the governor,” Crist said.
Regarding his upcoming primary battle with tea party favorite Marco Rubio, Crist believes he can beat Rubio. “I am going to win,” declared Crist.
Source: CNN Political Ticker.