A Tale of Two Crists

by Robert Costa

Gov. Charlie Crist to NRO — March 16, 2010:

Crist says if Obamacare passes, it would be “devastating” for Florida. “I’m concerned about them trying to ram this through.”

Does his position on the bill differ from Marco Rubio, his GOP Senate primary opponent? No, he says. “I don’t think there are any differences.”

Though he did not attend the tea-party rallies on the Hill this morning, Crist says such efforts should be “celebrated.” And if the health-care bill passes, he says he will “certainly” work to repeal it, even at rallies.

Gov. Charlie Crist to the Wall Street Journal — July 20, 2010:

Mr. Crist has made other policy shifts. Despite pledging as a Republican to help repeal President Obama’s health-care overhaul, Mr. Crist now says he does not support such a move.

“It should be modified,” [Crist says,] a stance short of repeal.

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