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Crist flip flops — and flips again — on his support for the federal stimulus.

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In recent weeks, Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) has been flip flopping on whether he supported the federal stimulus bill. First he said he did, then he said he didn’t, and today he again said it was “pretty clear” that he did:

“It’s getting harder every day and we know that it’s important that we pass this stimulus package. It is important that we do so to help education, to help our infrastructure, and to help health care for those who need it the most — the most vulnerable among us.” — Crist, 2/10/09

VERSUS

Well, I didn’t endorse it [the stimulus]. I — you know, I didn’t even have a vote on the darned thing.” — Crist, 11/4/09

VERSUS

I support it [the stimulus]. I think it was important to take it. All of my fellow governors did so. … I would have voted for a different form. But I think it’s pretty clear I supported the concept.” — Crist, 11/12/09

Crist is locked in a tough Senate campaign against fervent anti-Obama, anti-stimulus right-wing candidate Marco Rubio and is getting attacked by conservative groups for his hypocrisy.

Update

In April, Crist told Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson that he “absolutely” would have voted for the stimulus:

ROLLING STONE: Just a final question: Had you been in the Senate, would you have voted with the other Republicans for the stimulus package?

CRIST: Absolutely.

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