Awkward! Crist Claims Ignorance Of Obama Visit

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October 27, 2009 8:54 a.m.

Yesterday, President Obama toured Florida, greeting thousands at stops across the state. One man who wasn’t there, however, was Gov. Charlie Crist (R). He’s been facing increasing criticism from Florida’s GOP base over Obama’s February visit to Florida, when Crist joined the president on stage at a rally in support of the stimulus package.

The Palm Beach Post reports on how much things have changed between Crist and Obama since then:

“First I’ve known of it,” Gov. Charlie Crist said this morning in response to a reporter’s question about why he didn’t join President Obama in Jacksonville. … “I didn’t know his itinerary. That’s all,” Crist said.

The paper reports on what Crist said last week when asked about that February visit:

“When the president comes to your state for the first time after he gets elected, I’m a civil guy, and I’m going to try to do what I believe is right all the time,” Crist said. “I don’t agree with him on everything. I think that’s pretty clear. But yeah, I think it’s the right thing to do to honor the office of president of the United States.”

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