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Charlie Crist changes his tune on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Gov. Charlie Crist said Thursday he'd likely support repealing the policy that bars openly gay people from serving in the military -- reversing what he told reporters three days ago.

In a statement from his campaign, Crist said he'd "be inclined'' to support a Senate compromise. That deal lifts the ban, but only after the Pentagon completes a study and the president and Pentagon brass certify that the change won't hurt the military.

"Ultimately, as in all military matters I defer to the Pentagon and to the generals and what the Senate is doing today is giving them the ultimate authority to do what is best for our military," Crist said.

Crist told reporters in Tallahassee on Monday that "I think the current policy has worked pretty well for America. I really do. So I don't know why there's any need for change at this time."

With polls showing Crist popular with some Democrats, Democrat Kendrick Meek had been using his longtime support for repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'' to cast himself as the "true progressive" in the race. Republican Marco Rubio opposes lifting the ban. A press release from his campaign charges Crist with changing positions "in just three days."

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Earl

A change in the wind??

Florida Independent Voter

Don't ask or don't tell CharLE if he is gay!Hmmm?!

whasup

Well, everyone knew Charlie would have to appeal to the Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transexual committees of perpetual acceptance-seeking in order to find foot-soldiers to work in his campaign.

So it's no surprise he's Independent enough to I-dentify with them and their political agenda.

And as soon as they let him know, his prior position wasn't good enough for them, he did the windblown wafflebutt about face and kowtowed to their activists' demands.

It's the natural, unnatural fit for him.

Michael

In a statement from his campaign, Crist said he'd "be inclined'' to support a Senate compromise. That deal lifts the ban, but only after the Pentagon completes a study and the president and Pentagon brass certify that the change won't hurt the military.

Pentagon completes a study and Pentagron brass "certify" that the change won't hurt the military? Imagine if those were the conditions imposed before the integration of the military! Did we learn NOTHING from the civil rights movement?

This is a no-brainer. If gays want to serve in the military, I say God bless them for serving their country! End of story.

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2010/05/charlie-changes-on-dont-ask-dont-tell-.html#ixzz0pBVJx0Gw

Peter North

Come out already, Charlie!!

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