Republican presidential candidate John McCain campaigned for Gov. Charlie Crist in the 2006 Republican primary and would welcome him returning the favor. But unlike rival Rudy Giuliani, he's not taking up Crist's call for a national catastrophic insurance fund.
McCain seemed to suggest that the government needs to improve the Federal Emergency Management Agency instead.
"I do not support a national catastrophic insurance policy,'' McCain said in Coral Gables. "That insurance policy is there and it's called FEMA and it's called national disaster preparedness...I still do not have confidence that FEMA is capable of handling those responsibilities.''
Brace yourself for Giuliani picking up on this disagreement over a national insurance pool. (He's already attacking McCain's self-description as a "fiscal conservative.") The former New York City mayor may also take issue with McCain's reference to one poll that showed him gaining ground in New York.
"Maybe we're going to win in New York,'' McCain said, adding, "I think the next eight days and how you campaign and how you get your message to the people of Florida will make the difference."