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Crist blasts Rubio on counting illegal immigrants

Gov. Charlie Crist blasted as "absurd" the stance taken by his U.S. Senate primary opponent, former House Speaker Marco Rubio, who's opposed to counting illegal immigrants in the upcoming federal census. Rubio is a hard-liner on illegal immigration whose story as the son of working-class Cuban-American immigrants is an important element of his campaign biography.

Rubio's stance, as reported in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, brought this response from Crist: "Florida deserves to have her fair share and I think that making sure that we count every single Floridian is vitally important. That's why I went to that school yesterday in North Miami. It is important. It's important to our state. It's important to our people. The notion that you wouldn't want to accept federal funding to make a political statement is absurd."  

-- Steve Bousquet