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Charlie Crist's Flip Flop on Offshore Drilling

For it before he was against it.

6:40 PM, May 13, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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With Charlie Crist calling for a special legislative session to bring up a constitutional ban on offshore drilling, the Rubio campaign sends along a video of Charlie Crist cheering on Sarah Palin in 2008 as she tells an audience we need to "drill here, drill now," and a 2009 interview in which Crist endorsed legislation to drill five miles off Florida's coast.

Charlie Crist's Flip Flop on Offshore Drilling

You kind of have to admire the forthright shamelessness of Crist's flip-flop. In his April 29 "declaration of independence" speech, Crist claimed credit for making the "tough decisions" to both support and then oppose offshore drilling: "I've made some tough decisions as your governor, and they all haven't been popular, but I've done them because I think they're what's right for the people and what's right for our state, whether it's offshore drilling, whether it's -- and stopping it, whether it's fighting for our teachers and our children and education." It was the most revealing line of his speech.

A Mason-Dixon poll shows that Florida voters--unlike the rest of the country--have decisively turned against offshore drilling (55 to 35 percent) in the wake of the oil spill. Rasmussen shows different results--a plurality of voters continue to support offshore drilling (48 to 35 percent)--but the voters who back drilling are predominantly Republican. And Crist is looking to win over Democrats and independents in the hope of chasing Kendrick Meek from the field.

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