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Crist rules out veto of whole budget but special session still possible

Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday ruled out a wholesale veto of the state's $70.4 billion budget, when legislators formally send the document they passed a week ago to his desk. "More likely than not, we will deal with it in terms of line item format,'' he said. "But I just want to think about it over the weekend. Stay close."

As for a special session to deal with the oil spill, he said: "I'm giving it very serious consideration, particulary as it relates to the spill and potentially other issues."

Is a special session a risk for you politically? "That's not what matters. What matters is if we want to put an issue before the people, for example on the spill, if that's important to the people of the state of Florida. That's what should be the priority, not my political consequences.''

Crist said he didn't know what Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, former chairman of the national Democratic Party, wanted to talk to him about this afternoon. "He's a friend. I like him. I call him my birth-state governor cause I was born in Pennsylvania.''