June 11th, 2010
06:24 PM ET
8 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. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Wow Crist is sounding more and more like a Democrat every day – trying to steal both the moderate and left-leaning voters. Might was well go ahead and formally switch parties Charlie. That way we can have fun watching Orangeman, Beck, Pillboy and company heads explode in anger.

    June 11, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Dan

    Crist is right, Rubio wrong. The reason this happened is the de-regulation of industry standards. That goes back to Reagan, Bush 1 and 2. Ask the families of the 29 dead miners in W. Va. Someone should be on their way to prison. I live in SW FL on water. My life as I know it will be ending soon. Eisenhower said, "Beware the military industrial complex." No one in history has ever been more accurate. The "Corporate States Of America" must return to the USA!

    June 11, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. ib

    If we had been able to drill on land or shallow water we wouldn't be facing this. We have to have the oil until alternative energy is availble so it's about time we stood up to the far left and hardcore tree huggers and start drilling on land and shallow water. I blame these people 100% for the disaster that we now have.

    June 11, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    The transplant from Cuba (Rubio) only cares about corporations. It's part of the indoctrinaton, propaganda, purification received by all of them on their frequent trips to demented's state, SC. Wake up people, the C-street gang is indoctrinating the repulican politicians.

    June 11, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Rubio: are you a Moron?

    Even with the oil-spill hurting Florida, Rubio still wants to keep drilling. I can't believe this guy and hope he doesn't win in November.
    To me Crist is looking like a better candidate.

    June 11, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. Jakey

    Absolutely. And we should not be drilling in the ANWAR reserve, either, for the exact same reasons.

    June 11, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Slick William

    Shut up and get back in your closet Charlie!

    June 11, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Again, he's right. The more I hear about Crist, the less he should have ever been a Republican.

    June 11, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Gavin

    Just goes to show what a career political animal Crist is – Typically willing to say whatever he can or use any situation to get elected, what about the delicate coastlines of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas do they not matter, clearly NOT to Charlie Crist who has been more than willing to take the bounty from the other states shorelines..perhaps then a levy on every gallon of fuel sold in Florida or that other gas guzzling state California should be enacted to pay for coastal conservation in the states that do allow drilling to make America less dependant on foreign oil. We'll see then how long it takes for his electorate to decide on whats important

    June 11, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. truthfulster

    Sooner or later it won't matter what party you run under all the oil on this earth will be pumped to the service. I am completely disappointed and surprised that all the oil companies didn't already have a quick fix and a good plan in place in case this happened. Running B.P. into the ground makes no sense either but that's the Democratic party for you, squeeze them dry and send thousands more into unemployment .

    June 11, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Arturo

    "Dont drill, baby, dnt drill"

    June 11, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. Tom

    With all do respect to Rubio, I think he has wondered past his pay grade.

    May God have mercy on each one of us !

    June 11, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. ajax

    Just explain to me how nuclear energy doesn't bring it's on set of problems to the environment.Part of the problem in the past and why this country hasn't developed nuclear energy more is because no one has answered the question of what to do with nuclear waste.Until you answer that question it's foolish to build the power plants. And Christ doesn't answer how you possibly bridge the gap in the transition from fossil fuels to clean green energy.Sounds like he's saying ,not in my backyard.And i'm not saying he right or wrong.I'm just asking questions politicians won't answer straight.Ted Kennedy shut down wind farms off the coast of New England because it was to him an eye sore.Some people get upset because birds can fly into the blades.Solar seems to be the way to go but at this point the panels don't seem to be cost effective.

    June 11, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. Larry

    Crist is right.

    Obviously there is no way to deal with a catastrophe resulting from deep water drilling.

    How much more oil has to wash up on beaches before people realize this?

    June 11, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. billybob 'n NC

    Crist will not get re-pug votes. The reason, he is telling the truth and makes sense.

    June 11, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. jonny


    Rubio is NOT to be trusted. Ever.

    June 11, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Chaos

    Florida needs tourism to survive but does not need offshore drilling to survive and offshore drilling is the only real threat there is to Florida tourism. There's only so much room a Disney and Rich people need their Coastal luxury. Christ will win.

    June 11, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Go Charlie! Kick Dick Armey's little puppet.

    June 11, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I saw the article on the Obama doll, and thought it was time to introduce my new toilet paper with the faces of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Armey, DeLay and the other members of the republican culture of corruption.

    June 11, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  20. Caroline Tropio

    Crist is wrong on this: Sure, it's always possible there could be another accidental spill, but if Crist were doing his job well, he would be requiring the oil companies that drill of the Florida coast to pay a portion of proceeds to Florida citizens (but he doesn't do that). Why does Crist think Florida should be kept beautiful at the expense of another area who citizens believe they are in a beautiful area, too?

    June 11, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Terry

    Let's wait to see what Mr. Rubio says when that black goo begins to wash up on Marco Island and Palm Beach.

    June 11, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. ehwilson429

    truck stop charlie needs to get back to his official duties.
    he married a woman because McCain told hbim he needed a beard to be VP.

    like Crist his NY wife is in love with Obama.
    watch the video.

    June 11, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |

    SENSIBLE CENTER – almost gone extinct, but not entirely.

    June 11, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  24. JohninTampa

    Govenor, don't get carried away. Unhappily oil is needed, and history shows it CAN be done safely. Water depth is important. Having oil producers who are CAREFUL and prepared for emergencies could be done, although apparently only by holding regulatory guns to their head with triggers cocked for massive and immediate fines.

    Do not be seen as pandering to the crisis. If this has always been your position say so, but understand some will see that as not altogether realistic.

    There is no chance I would vote for Mr. Rubio. You I have supported before, but as an Independent I could be swayed to the Dem's side. There is time, I haven't decided. It WILL take a very good candidate to replace you.

    June 11, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. Marty, FL

    Go Crist! Our country should heed this disaster as an imperative to explore more technological advancements in alternative sources of energy.

    Rubio is wrong, period...not to mention, hypocritical in too many ways.

    June 11, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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