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PolitiFact Florida rewards Haridopolos with Full-Flop on high-speed rail position

When Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced on Wednesday that he would reject $2.4 billion in federal funds for a bullet train from Orlando to Tampa, many Republican and Democratic legislators immediately criticized him for acting too hastily. Some conservatives praised the governor for sticking to his anti-spending principles, and a handful of Republicans offered tepid statements that resembled support for Scott. Kind of, anyway.

Then there was Republican Senate President Mike Haridopolos, a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012.

Haridopolos said -- nothing. Crickets. He finally spoke (issued a press statement) on Friday. PolitiFact Florida runs his words through the Flip-O-Meter.


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Changing your position on something isn't necessarily a bad thing, when things don't go according to plan. It's been over a year since Haridopolos cast hist initial vote and the economy has only gotten worse. Why hate on a guy who is showing courage by standing up for the fiscally conservative values that our nation was built on. Not too mention the fact that Haridopolos changed his mind long before the governor rejected this money.


this is a bad deal for Florida and puts us on the hook for a ton of money down the road if this thing doesn't meet the best expectations. Now is not the time to be spending on this.

Don't really see the negative in Haridopolos, now that he is the leader of the senate, changing his mind about the outlook of the project now that we are further down the road on this thing.

If we had a more honest process we would applaud a wise reconsideration, especially because the economic problems have not been solved and rail is not the solution, nor is more debt

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