Florida Governor Charlie Crist again demonstrates why he doesn’t deserve support from conservatives and Tea Party independents. In an interview with the Palm Beach Post he stated President Obama should not scrap the current health care proposal and then is unable to identify a single part of the current proposal that is worth keeping:
Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, told The Palm Beach Post editorial board on Friday that, unlike many Republicans in Washington, he didn’t think President Obama should scrap his health care reform proposal:
“There may be parts of it that you don’t have to scrap. There are three parts of it that I would like to see scrapped: It would raise taxes significantly, it would raise rates significantly and it would take half-a-trillion dollars out of Medicare.
“I think the real issue here, as it relates to health care, is that people want it to not cost so much and people want to have access to it. I think there is a consensus of agreement that the health care that is delivered in America is good. But it’s not easy to get it and it’s too expensive when you do get it.”
Asked if there were any parts of the bill he liked, Crist said:
“I don’t think a whole lot. Watching the discussion yesterday (Thursday) you get a chance to sort of see more of it be ferreted out. You know, I’m the kind of guy … I’m pragmatic. The stimulus is a great example. We needed the money. Every other Republican governor took it, too. I was just maybe a little more honest and straight forward about it. Well, shame on me for being honest. But, you know, as it relates to health care, if there are good ideas, I’m willing to look at them. And I would take that same approach to any issue in Washington.”
Asked again if there were any parts he liked he said:
“Not at present. No.”
Not one good idea?
“There may be. There may be. You know, I’m pretty focused on Florida right now. I mean, after the session I’ll be more focused on the issues in Washington. But I’ve got to do my first job first.”
So understanding how major legislation in Washington that will have huge impacts on the state’s finances and on Floridians is not part of Charlie Crist’s current job as governor? And a candidate for US Senate doesn’t need to understand major legislation currently considered by the Senate?
It is time for the voters in Florida to retire Charlie Crist in the Republican primary for US Senate. Then again, maybe Crist will confirm rumors that he plans to leave the Republican Party and self-destruct on his own.