June 11th, 2010
06:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Crist: Rubio 'wrong' on drilling off Florida coast

Crist: Rubio 'wrong' on drilling off Florida coast.
Crist: Rubio 'wrong' on drilling off Florida coast.

(CNN) - Florida's governor, who is vying to be the state's next senator, is blasting his Republican opponent, saying that Senate candidate Marco Rubio is pushing "the wrong thing" regarding drilling off Florida's coast.

Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent after bowing out of the Republican primary, made his comments during an interview that aired Friday on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

As thousands of gallons of oil continue to spew into the Gulf of Mexico, deepening the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, Crist reiterated his stance on drilling off Florida's coast: he does not support it.

"I mean, if ever there was a wake-up call to say that we should not drill off the beautiful coast of Florida, this is it," Crist told Blitzer.

"I mean, I can't imagine anybody in their right mind thinking that this is a good idea to do something that would potentially have the secondary effect of one of these spills again."


Crist was asked about Rubio's comments on Friday in an interview on MSNBC. In the interview, the Republican candidate said, "There is going to be drilling off the coast of Florida. There is right now. Other countries are going to be drilling in the Gulf and off of Florida's coast. Cuba is exploring. Russia is exploring. China, Brazil, Venezuela."

Rubio added, "So the issue is not whether there was going to be offshore drilling or not. The issue is whether America is going to benefit from it or not."

Responding to those remarks, Crist told Blitzer he significantly disagrees with Rubio.

"I just think it's the wrong thing to do," Crist said. "I mean, you know, just because other countries might be doing the wrong thing doesn't mean the United States and Florida should do the wrong thing. I mean, that's hardly a logical conclusion to be drawn from that."

Central to the governor's argument was his desire to protect Florida's beaches and tourism.

Yet Crist also made another argument.

"This is also a wake-up call, I think, for us to go more green and more clean in terms of the types of energy that we generate, whether it's wind or solar or nuclear, we have to look to other means, be responsible, do what's right, and certainly not plug another hole in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico to potentially create another one of these catastrophes," Crist said.


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Energy • Florida • Marco Rubio • The Situation Room
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Rob Johnson

    Any politicians who go into November's elections defending big oil and pushing for more offshore oil drilling, in the light of what is going on in the Gulf, have lost their minds.

    At least Crist shows that there are some sane Republicans who realize that the Gulf oil spill is a complete game-changer that should force us to completely rethink the whole business of oil exploration.

    June 11, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Holly crap he's turning into a Democrat, well the Republican party is just moving so to the right extreme that they make everyone with a sensible idea look like a Democrat.

    Good for Christ.

    June 11, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. Ed FL

    Cutie Cuban Rubio [sponsored by South Carolia Senator Demint] is now spouting Demint s wants. Do away with medicare and social security which has been the Savior of the Miami Cuban population. Wanting to drill on Floridas coastline. The only vote Rubio will get in Florida is/was the Cuban vote in Dade county. No chance that a miami dade poitician will get votes in the Florida panhandle or Gulfcoast. Puerto ricans would never vote for a Cuban especially one from Miami. Msot democrats will vote for an independent Crist so Rubio will have to settle for a political spot in dade county. Good luck with that after wanting to cut medicare and social Security.

    June 11, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. Francisco Cardenas

    Thank you Governor Crist!

    June 11, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Rubio is the male version of Michelle Bachmann.

    June 11, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. The reality is...

    Drill where it's easier to remedy a problem if another should happen again.

    June 11, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
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