Crist and Obama in Ft. Myers, Florida

This past Tuesday, President Barack Obama was in Ft. Myers, Florida to push the stimulus package. Democrats and Republicans need to work together in order for us to rebound from this downward spiral.

President Obama was introduced to a town hall by Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

Watch Governor Crist introduce President Obama.

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President Obama’s initial remarks addressing Governor Crist.

I want to start by thanking your governor, Charlie Crist, for joining us today. Governors understand our economic crisis as well as anyone; they’re on the front lines dealing with it every day. And Governor Crist shares my conviction that creating jobs and turning this economy around is a mission that transcends party. When the town is burning, we don’t check party labels. Everyone needs to grab a hose!

Governor Crist and governors across the country understand that. Mayors across the country understand that. And I think you understand that, too. Which is what I want to talk about today.



Hotline TV offered some interesting analysis on the Republican governor’s introduction of the Democratic president.



I think it is funny that anytime bipartisanship occurs or if a Republican does something ‘right’ for a change, people think there is something suspicious going on.

Crist has demonstrated (except when he was vying to become John McCain’s running mate) to be a moderate Republican looking to do what is best for the state of Florida.

He extended early voting hours so more people could vote – to the dismay of his party. He instituted a health insurance program in Florida that covers people who previously lacked coverage. He used his line item veto to remove harsh budget cuts against education and the environment. Florida’s House and Senate are about 67% Republican and they are not happy with many of the decisions Crist has made in the 2 plus years he has been governor.

I, for one, am not surprised that he reached across the aisle to President Obama who has already shown that he wants to reach across the aisle as well.






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