Seeking to embarrass potential GOP veep candidate Charlie Crist, Democrat Barack Obama's campaign jumped on remarks by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who distanced himself from Crist on offshore oil drilling at today's climate change conference in Miami.
Obama's campaign conveniently distributed Schwarzenegger's quote that "anyone who tells you this will bring down our gas prices immediately and/or anytime soon is blowing smoke." Crist and Republican presumptive nominee John McCain have said offshore oil drilling should be on the table to help resolve the gas crisis.
"California and Florida have so much in common,'' he said. "Of course each of the states has a governor that is nice and tan. And each state has a governor that at any given time, can go to the beach and rip off our clothes and be seen in a bathing suit. And each of the states has a governor that could run for vice president..." As the crowd reacted, the Austrian-born governor added: "I know. You're right. He's the only one that can do it. I stand to be corrected."
Update: A spokesman for Schwarzenegger's office called to say that the governor was not referring to Crist or McCain when he talked about pols "blowing smoke."