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Charlie Crist: "I Would Have Voted For" Obamacare

How many times has he flip flopped now?

5:28 PM, Aug 27, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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In an interview with a local Florida TV station, governor and independent Senate candidate Charlie Crist says "I would have voted for" the national health care bill:

The part about "fixing" the provision that cuts "$500 million" out of Medicare is pretty ridiculous. First of all, it's $500 billion--with a B--not $500 million over ten years (of course, it's actually over $1 trillion in Medicare cuts during the real first ten years after Obamacare kicks in in 2013). And how exactly do you pay for Obamacare without those cuts, Gov. Crist?

No need to answer that, I guess, as Crist backed off his support for Obamacare today:

But now, Crist says he "misspoke" in that interview. His campaign sent out a statement Friday afternoon clarifying Crist's position on the healthcare law. 

"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," Crist said in a statement. "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."

According to the Rubio campaign, this marks Charlie Crist's sixth position on Obamacare since March:

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