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Crist tells Financial Times he'll sue for oil as last resort

Continuing his ever-available presence on national and international media circuits, Gov. Charlie Crist today was asked by the Financial Times in London the same round of questions that have been dogging the governor for weeks: Will you really drill for oil off Florida's coast? Are you really being considered as McCain's VP?

The governor was asked if the president's lifting of the ban on offshore oil drilling gave states a chance to challenge the continuing moratorium. Crist said: “I suppose you could go to court potentially, but I think Congress has to change the law in order to lift the ban.”

Q: Would he take court action? A: “I’d consider anything that would be good for the people of my state,” but he repeated his preference for a congressional solution.

Q: Have you been vetted for the vice-presidency? A: “No. I can’t talk about it. Since [the post] has not been offered I’m prepared to accept being governor of Florida.”

(That's our emphasis added. Not to read too much into this, but is there a tinge of resignation and perhaps disappointment here?)