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Crist: "I want my president to succeed"

Gov. Charlie Crist said he's ready to help President Barack Obama carry out the economic stimulus package that has ruffled the feathers of some of Crist's fellow Republicans.

"I want my president to succeed," Crist told reporters outside the White House. "As I've said before, I didn't campaign for President Obama, but he is my president now. And he's president of our country and I want him to succeed, I want him to do well because I love my country."

Crist said he agrees with Obama that the portion of the stimulus bill GOP'ers object to is a "fraction" of the overall bill. Some GOP governors say they are likely to reject the aid to extend unemployment benefits.

"The guy's right, I mean you've got to stay focused on the big picture," Crist said. "Everybody has a right to have their opinion, I mean God bless them for that. But we are in an economic crisis. We need to come together as a country and focus on the big picture.

"Any time a bill goes through Congress, it's not going to be a perfect product," Crist said. "You can argue over nuances and that's fine to do but the big picture is to try to get our country moving and try to get our country moving quickly and we need to rally around that effort."