August 11th, 2010
05:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Crist: 'I don't like the Arizona law'

(CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist does not support proposed legislation that would set up an immigration law similar to Arizona's legislation that took effect last month, the independent candidate for the Senate said Wednesday.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican candidate to replace Crist as governor, proposed legislation that would require law enforcement officers to check a suspected undocumented worker's status in the course of a traffic stop and businesses to use the E-verify system to check the immigration status of job applicants.

"I don't like the Arizona law. I don't think it's the way to go," Crist told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room. "I think the key word […] is 'people that are suspected of being illegal immigrants.' How do you make that determination? By what they look like? That's not part of the America I believe in."

Arizona's immigration law has been the subject of criticism since Gov. Jan Brewer signed it into law in April. Detractors say it encourages racial profiling, while supporters believe it's a pivotal first step toward solving the nation's immigration problem.

Crist, who was elected to office as a Republican and is running for Senate as an independent candidate after polls indicated an abysmal showing in the Republican primary, said that neither of those things would determine which party he'd caucus with if he was elected.

"I've always said I'll caucus with the people of Florida," Crist said.

Crist is in Washington to attend a campaign fundraiser hosted by prominent Democrats. But, he said neither party can count on having him on their side.

"I'm not going to commit to either one because i am only committed to the people of Florida," Crist said.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted July 22-27, Crist leads his top two challengers in a three-way battle for the Senate. Thirty-seven percent of Florida voters back Crist, with 32 percent supporting former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee, and 17 percent backing billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene, the Democrat. Fourteen percent of voters are undecided.

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • issues
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  1. Orlando Patriot

    How can any rational intelligent individual vote for this guy? He would sell his own mother for a vote. He changes positions as often as he changes his pants!! He was first AGAINST offshore drilling, then he was FOR offshore drilling, and now he is AGAINST offshore drilling again? John Kerry has to be saying "WOW!! First he was against it, then for it, then against it again? This guy is amazing!!.

    Seriously, why would you vote for someone who does not have any character and reads a poll before stating a position? For those of you who think "I don't want a Republican, and the Democrat candidates can't win, so a vote for Crist is as good as a Democrat vote and he will vote Democrat" you must have your own personal stash of pot behind the barn!! This guy will NOT care about what YOU think after he is elected and will offer his first born for another vote!!

    Get rid of this typical politician!! This is what is wrong with government today!! We need people who do not play the "games"!!

    August 11, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. the real ib

    Who care what Crist likes; he's just trying to make himself look good as usual.

    August 11, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Mike

    Democrats taking in Republican's sloppy seconds. The newest poll shows Crist falling behind Rubio

    August 11, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. Proud member of Global Zero

    As a Florida resident....I still don't know where he stands. Yes, he says one thing one day and another the next. What I do know is that he is a "cut taxes" kinda guy. I moved here from Texas just before the bottom fell out in 2005. After the over priced, over extended housing market bottomed out, 3 devastating hurricanes, and an insurance market running for the border faster than its' residence, he comes up with, "lets cut property taxes". Taxes in Florida now at 6%. Boca Raton actually passed it's own tax increase to keep their city open. The rest of the state is falling apart. No one likes taxes but, if you want to have public services, keep your schools open, keep your streets safe, the money has to come from somewhere.

    August 11, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. hypocricnnation

    Thank You Governor Crist! Keep On Giving Marco Rubio (Sagging Boobio!) And The Republican Party Fits!

    August 11, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. Hendrik

    There you go Gov. Crist. I completely agree with you. If you win the senate race, will you align yourself with those GOP clowns? Please don't.

    August 11, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. Hugo

    This guy is a Putz, he has done NOTHING for the State of Florida. If America wants a good example of a career flip flopping lawyer politician, here he is in all his elitist glory!

    August 11, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |