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White House Annoyed With Crist's Snub Of President (FL Governor candidate)
News4Jax.com ^ | 11/6/06 | AP, via News4Jax.com

Posted on 11/06/2006 11:35:50 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The White House did not hide its irritation Monday at Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist for ducking President George W. Bush at a campaign rally in the Republican friendly Panhandle.

Crist said he considered the Pensacola area so firmly in his camp that it made more sense to campaign elsewhere in the state as the race to replace outgoing Gov. Jeb Bush tightened.

On a tarmac in Texas where the president boarded Air Force One for the trip east, Bush political strategist Karl Rove mockingly questioned what kind of alternate rally Crist could put together that would rival the expected 10,000-person crowd that Bush was expected to draw at the Pensacola Civic Center.

The White House already had distributed schedules saying Crist would introduce Bush at the rally.

Crist's opponent, Democratic Rep. Jim Davis, seized on the news.

"Now that the president is so unpopular, Charlie refuses to stand side by side with him," Davis said. "It says when the going gets tough, Charlie won't stand up."

Crist's chief of staff, George LeMieux, said the candidate already has strong support in the heavily Republican Pensacola area and thought his time would be better spent campaigning elsewhere. LeMieux said the decision had nothing to do with the president's job approval ratings.

Jeb Bush will attend the Pensacola event in Crist's place. Rep. Katherine Harris, who is mounting a lukewarm challenge to Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, will also be with the president. Before the September primary, Republican leaders failed to support Harris.

Bush is using the last day of his 10-state campaign swing to flush out GOP and swing voters needed to keep Republicans sitting in the governor's offices of Arkansas and Texas as well.

It is his fifth consecutive day of campaigning, traveling to states where his advisers believe he can best help fend off the Democratic threat to take over Congress and end up with a majority of governorships for the first time in 12 years.

After Florida, Bush is heading to Arkansas where the race for governor pits Democratic Attorney General Mike Beebe against Republican Asa Hutchinson, a former congressman and federal Homeland Security official.

The Beebe-Hutchinson faceoff for the open governership already is the most expensive gubernatorial campaign in state history. Overall, Beebe, who is leading in the polls, has raised $6.3 million and spent $5.7 million in his bid for governor. Hutchinson, a former congressman, has raised nearly $3.3 million and spent about $3.1 million.

Before returning to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, Bush is speaking at a rally in Dallas for Gov. Rick Perry, who is leading the polls in his re-election bid.

On Election Day, Bush plans to vote in Crawford and then fly back to Washington to wait for ballot returns.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: charliecreep; charliecrist; cowardly; ego; florida; rino; selfcentered; shortsighted; twofacedweasel
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Reminds me of Terrell Owens doing his own theatrics in the end zone and costing his team a 15-yard penalty. Self before team.
1 posted on 11/06/2006 11:35:53 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat

FWIW, I'd consider the source here....


2 posted on 11/06/2006 11:37:50 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Stupid move. If he saw President Bush stumping for Ryun in Kansas yesterday he would have been pleading for his help in FL. W was at his absolute best yesterday.


3 posted on 11/06/2006 11:37:57 AM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Hurry on down to Arkansas, President Bush. ASA! appreciates you.

sw

4 posted on 11/06/2006 11:39:40 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: mewzilla
On a tarmac in Texas where the president boarded Air Force One for the trip east, Bush political strategist Karl Rove mockingly questioned what kind of alternate rally Crist could put together that would rival the expected 10,000-person crowd that Bush was expected to draw at the Pensacola Civic Center. The White House already had distributed schedules saying Crist would introduce Bush at the rally.
5 posted on 11/06/2006 11:39:45 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat
"Now that the president is so unpopular, Charlie refuses to stand side by side with him," Davis said. "It says when the going gets tough, Charlie won't stand up."

Yeah, right. As if Davis would have given Crist credit for standing by Bush. Whatabunchahooey.

6 posted on 11/06/2006 11:40:17 AM PST by L.N. Smithee (MSM cries crocodile tears about negative campaigns -- they ARE a negative campaign against the GOP!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Actually, excellent strategy. This close to the election. Crist should be working to rally voters in Orlando, St.Pete.

Whilest, the Bushes rally the faithful in Pensacola. And at the same time showing total support for K. Harris.

Now if this was three weeks before the election, I'd be worried. But not today. No way.


7 posted on 11/06/2006 11:40:19 AM PST by proudpapa (of three.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

W is hot and heavy rallying the troops gathered at the Pensacola Civic Center.

Interesting that W thought it important to be in Pensacola today, Jeb thought it important to be in Pensacola today, Harris thought it important to be in Pensacola today, Martinez thought it important to be in Pensacola today, Miller thought it important to be in Pensacola today, but Crist didn't.


8 posted on 11/06/2006 11:41:44 AM PST by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

What a dork. If the President came to visit me, I'd get out the best china and vintage wine, and treat the man with the respect he deserves. It is such a shame that the liberal media can have such a chilling effect on America, where Bill Clinton deserves the benefit of the doubt and the respect for being in the highest office in the land, regardless of whether he had sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky, and then lieing under oath about it, but George W. Bush doesn't deserve any respect because he stole the presidency from Al Gore AND John Kerry. I will never subscribe to a newspaper again, I will not register on the NY Times website, and I will not ever watch network news. I also have really cut back on Starbucks because they sell the NYT at their stores.


9 posted on 11/06/2006 11:43:31 AM PST by webheart
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Crist is too liberal. But not as liberal as Davis.


10 posted on 11/06/2006 11:43:54 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Eagle Eye

For the first time in this campaign, I'm questioning Charlie's judgement. A bonehead move in the closing days of the campaign.

Jesus.

Be Seeing You,

Chris


11 posted on 11/06/2006 11:44:14 AM PST by section9 (Major Motoko Kusanagi says, "Jesus is Coming. Everybody look busy...")
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Any way you spell Crist it still comes up as a dirty AH.

No quality a non-person
12 posted on 11/06/2006 11:45:55 AM PST by Tannerone (FEED ALL TERRORIST LIVE AND OTHERWISE TO STARVED HOGS)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

If he becomes governor, his attitude will change once the next hurricane hits.


13 posted on 11/06/2006 11:46:01 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Already voted absentee...straight Republican ticket...best choice on the menu.)
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To: section9

I'm listening to the rally on the radio, they pre-empted Rush.

The panhandle is not a lock for Crist...he was looked at lukewarm at best during his visits here.

He should have been at this rally then flown elsewhere afterwards.


14 posted on 11/06/2006 11:46:46 AM PST by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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To: proudpapa
Actually, excellent strategy.

Then Crist shouldn't have agreed to do it at all, rather than agreeing then backing out. With his name on the program, pulling out now just gives the media a chance to spin and make the GOP look divided. Plus how much of the limited time in news broadcasts will be devoted tonight to this story instead of actual issues, plus the soundbite news at the top and bottom of the hour on the radio.

It was an easily avoidable bungle, not good strategy. Sounds like he either panicked or has a sloppy and inept staff.

15 posted on 11/06/2006 11:46:52 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Eagle Eye
Charlie is getting my vote only because there is an (R) next to his name. Crist missing this event while all the other Republicans are there is very telling.
16 posted on 11/06/2006 11:48:04 AM PST by Mase
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To: Mase

W: "I'm not questioning their patriotism, they are just wrong!"

W: If you meet a democrat candidate who says he want to protect the US, etc etc, ask them WHAT's YOUR PLAN?


17 posted on 11/06/2006 11:50:01 AM PST by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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To: Mase

He is a big RINO. I hate him, but I already voted for him. I pretty sure he is gay too.
I expected the new gay republican scandal before the election. I am surprised it did not happen.


18 posted on 11/06/2006 11:52:37 AM PST by kara37
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Meanwhile Bush's approval is up to 45% on his recent appearances and speeches, too bad Crist fell into the MSM trap.
19 posted on 11/06/2006 11:56:28 AM PST by FreedomNeocon (Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -- Churchill)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
And just because AP prints it that makes it true? Come on, Didds...

I still wouldn't take AP's word for how the WH feels about this.

20 posted on 11/06/2006 11:58:22 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: kara37
Charlie's been posturing for this election for a long time and, IMHO, he is more concerned about achieving the next step in his career than he is about advancing a conservative agenda. We'll know right away what kind of republican we got when he has to nominate the replacements for Quince and Pariente on the State Supreme Court. (Hey, I can dream, can't I?)
21 posted on 11/06/2006 11:58:45 AM PST by Mase
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To: Diddle E. Squat

The media are such a$$holes.


22 posted on 11/06/2006 12:07:48 PM PST by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: Eagle Eye

I don't see anything in his Bio about his current family. My parents and a brother live in FL. and have told me his "personal" relationships aren't spoken about. If this guys in the closet or out he wouldn't get my vote, no matter who appeared w/ him @ a fundraiser/rally.


23 posted on 11/06/2006 12:09:07 PM PST by sgbnsgt21793 (integrity - what's that got to do w/ anything?)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

I'm a conservative Florida resident. It has been my intention to vote for every republican on the ballot except one. When I heard Crist could not bring himself to attend the meeting with President Bush, I received confirmation that my decision to leave the governorship blank was the right one.

Now I sincerely ask the true believing republicans, why should I vote for that slimy liberal (RINO) Crist. I need a really good reason to change my mind or no one will get my vote for governor.


24 posted on 11/06/2006 12:13:33 PM PST by Waryone
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To: Diddle E. Squat

"Then Crist shouldn't have agreed to do it at all, rather than agreeing then backing out."

I agree. He will be a weasel if and when elected too.


25 posted on 11/06/2006 12:14:42 PM PST by esquirette (Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

think i'll vote for davis. yes.


26 posted on 11/06/2006 12:15:58 PM PST by libbylu
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To: Diddle E. Squat

considering the source. However imo Crist has run a poor campaign considering the strong state of FL GOP. Aren't the polls showing a tight race. It should be a cake walk for him considering the Jeb's approval ratings.


27 posted on 11/06/2006 12:16:36 PM PST by GregH
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To: section9

This will be my second vote for a dem governor. I didn't really like christ that much in the first place. something to be said for not voting early.


28 posted on 11/06/2006 12:19:29 PM PST by libbylu
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To: Diddle E. Squat



Crist's chief of staff, George LeMieux, said the candidate already has strong support in the heavily Republican Pensacola area and thought his time would be better spent campaigning elsewhere. LeMieux said the decision had nothing to do with the president's job approval ratings.

IF HE WON'T STAND WITH MY PRESIDENT I WON'T VOTE FOR HIM! yeah, the panhandle "support" my butt, so why should W waste his time showing up? i am ticked.


29 posted on 11/06/2006 12:22:01 PM PST by libbylu
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To: libbylu
"I didn't really like christ that much in the first place."

I love Christ! I just don't like Crist at all.

But as much as I don't like him, there is no way I will ever vote for a socialist, I mean communist, excuse me I really mean, dhimocrat.

30 posted on 11/06/2006 12:29:23 PM PST by Waryone
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To: Brilliant

You got that right! I don't know why but I have a sense about Crist, I think there's a skeleton or two in his closet that will come out while in office. Don't know why I have this feeling about him but it is really strong. I'm going to vote for him in the hope that he won't blow things as badly as I know Davis would, but whenever I see his face I get the heebee Jeebee's and a cold chill.


31 posted on 11/06/2006 12:32:36 PM PST by TheKidster
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To: Waryone

If the Florida Legislature remains in the Republican/Conservative camp, is there really a good reason to vote for someone like Crist?


32 posted on 11/06/2006 12:38:12 PM PST by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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To: TheKidster

I know what you mean. I have the same feeling.

I really can't believe what a poor choice the GOP gave us this year. You'd think that with a population of 18 million people, they'd be able to field a candidate I feel good about voting for.


33 posted on 11/06/2006 12:39:26 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: sgbnsgt21793

There was a news report this morning that he has gay relationships but I don't think it will have any traction since it is obviously a smarmy dem ploy...even if it is true.

I think I'll pass on voting for Crist. He hasn't inspired much confidence and today he didn't do himself any favors.


34 posted on 11/06/2006 12:39:39 PM PST by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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To: skr

Fortunately, here in Florida, Jeb Bush has decimated the democratic party. There is no way the democrats will be able to take over the legislature anytime soon.

As I said, I have no reason to vote for that slimy Crist and so far no die hard republican has even suggested that I do so.


35 posted on 11/06/2006 12:45:47 PM PST by Waryone
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To: Diddle E. Squat; Mo1

LOL...I was on the Sunday Talk show thread yesterday...and when I saw that idiot TO do that "trick" in the endzone, after the touchdown..

I asked Mo1, who is in Pennsylvania, if she wants TO back for the Eagles...

She said NO...we have to keep him. GAG ME!!

I posted to some Florida freepers a while ago...that since Crist is not a national candidate...I hope he loses for what he did.

Of course the MSM are saying what an "embarrassment" this is for the White House..and shows how very unpopular Pres. Bush is....ugh


36 posted on 11/06/2006 12:46:59 PM PST by Txsleuth (EVERYONE VOTE---AND VOTE REPUBLICAN,...even if you have to hold your nose!)
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To: L.N. Smithee

I dont like Davis but I am so mad at this snub(if its true) that crist is lucky our family voted early spineless@#$%$#@


37 posted on 11/06/2006 12:47:10 PM PST by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: section9

Will likely be the leading story on the network news tonight. Sheesh.


38 posted on 11/06/2006 12:47:45 PM PST by mwl1
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To: Brilliant

Yeah, I'm with you. I'm extremely disappointed at the conservative choices we have in FL this cycle. Crist is so clearly a RINO besides the fact that he is just plain creepy, like John Mark Karr or Michael Jackson creepy. To be fair though Jeb's shoes would be hard to fill for anyone, he set the bar very high and we were totally blessed to have him in office during the 2 hurricane years. I'm really disappointed in our senate choices as well. Harris' campaign was killed right off the bat by a lack of GOP support, which is really stupid since the state machine didn't have anyone better to put up in her place. I don't trust her very much either, she speaks out of both sides of her mouth.
I sure hope things are better in '08


39 posted on 11/06/2006 12:51:41 PM PST by TheKidster
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To: skr

Would urge Republicans to refuse to vote for Crist.


40 posted on 11/06/2006 12:51:51 PM PST by trustandobey
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To: TheKidster

I would not compare him to Karr or Jackson. Foley, yes.


41 posted on 11/06/2006 12:54:00 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: italianquaker

GW has favorable approval ratings here in Fla. You'd think that no politician would find it advantageous to distance himself from Bush.


42 posted on 11/06/2006 12:56:51 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

Same creepiness. I mean you can just look at the guy and in 45 seconds you just know he's into something twisted.


43 posted on 11/06/2006 12:56:53 PM PST by TheKidster
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To: Diddle E. Squat

And people say I'm suppose to vote for him tomorrow????


44 posted on 11/06/2006 12:59:08 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: Brilliant

and feed the media BS sharks , I am soooo mad@!@!!


45 posted on 11/06/2006 1:00:11 PM PST by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: Waryone
ditto to you!

I've been saying this for a long while!

46 posted on 11/06/2006 1:02:02 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: Waryone

i knew i was doing something wrong with that spelling. I think i just can't hold my nose enough, i can't bring myself to vote for pope for the state house. haven't decided for sheriff, lady running i went to school with and graduated with, dem. republican black man. I think both would be okay.


47 posted on 11/06/2006 1:02:30 PM PST by libbylu
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To: Waryone
I'm a conservative Florida resident. It has been my intention to vote for every republican on the ballot except one. When I heard Crist could not bring himself to attend the meeting with President Bush, I received confirmation that my decision to leave the governorship blank was the right one. Now I sincerely ask the true believing republicans, why should I vote for that slimy liberal (RINO) Crist. I need a really good reason to change my mind or no one will get my vote for governor.

Because governors have all kinds of power through appointments and the bully pulpit. Look how Jeb Bush was able to turn public opinion on the High Speed Rail proposal and rescind what they had approved a few years earlier. A Democrat governor can do a heck of a lot of damage, the nonsense that a Dem gov is neutralized by a GOP legislature is baloney. Appointed gov't staff often become entrenched and wreak all kinds of havok behind the scenes and out of the media spotlight. Plus the media will cover for a Dem gov and often are able to propel them to higher offices, as "A successful Democrat governor of a Southern state who drew support from both sides."

What Crist did today was dumb, allowing the Dem to win the race would be multiple times as dumb. Don't be suckered into that.

48 posted on 11/06/2006 1:05:49 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: libbylu
think i'll vote for davis. yes.

Please don't compound Crist's mistake with a worse one.

49 posted on 11/06/2006 1:06:43 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: skr
If the Florida Legislature remains in the Republican/Conservative camp, is there really a good reason to vote for someone like Crist?

Have you already forgotten the damage wrought by the Florida Supreme Court in 2000, and how it came within a hair of being far, far worse?

50 posted on 11/06/2006 1:08:23 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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