Charlie Crist, in his indie bid for U.S. Senate, is appealing to Republicans and Democrats. And this leads to seemingly different messages in different parts of the state.
A week ago, speaking in the Democratic bastion of Broward County, Crist said "thank god" he left the Republican Party. But yesterday in the conservative Panhandle region he had a different message. He told Pensacola reporters he remains a conservative and the held the same ideology he did when he won the governor's mansion in 2006 as a "Jeb Bush Republican."
See a Q and A and TV clips below.
From the Pensacola News-Journal:
Q: Do you still consider yourself a conservative?
A: Of course. I'm a fiscal conservative, open minded on social issues. I think we need to be tolerant. We need to be watchful of our money. We need to reduce taxes. All are things important to the people of Florida. What I am is a commonsense guy. And that's what the people want more than ever.
Q: What's your message to conservatives who have supported you in the past?
A: I haven't changed. The party changed. I think what's important is that you stay true to yourself. That's what I have done, and that's what I will do in Washington.