The Republican primary in Florida wasn't expected to conclude until the middle of August, but Governor Crist conceded that race yesterday to Marco Rubio -- four months early.
In one of the most dramatic reversals in American politics, Marco Rubio launched from a 30-point deficit to more than a 20-point lead in the Republican primary contest with Governor Crist. Marco's clear and compelling message for conservative principles drove him from near obscurity to one of the most exciting and well-known leaders in the country.
The good news is that a true conservative will represent Republicans on the ballot in November. The bad news is that the race isn't over. Charlie Crist has decided to do whatever it takes to win the election. For Crist, running for public office is entirely about him, not about what's best for the country.
Consider the contrast between Crist and Rubio:
- Crist supported and campaigned for President Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill. Rubio opposed President Obama's stimulus bill and supports serious measures to cut federal spending.
- Crist signed a pledge to oppose federal income tax hikes but recently broke his pledge to oppose state tax hikes. Rubio signed a pledge to oppose federal income tax hikes and has consistently opposed tax increases at the state level.
- Crist said he had "mixed emotions" about the $700 billion Wall Street bailout because he believed it could "create stabilization." Rubio opposes government bailouts and believes tax cuts for individuals and businesses will grow the economy.
- Crist supports a "cap and trade" policy that will increase taxes and raise energy prices. In fact, he signed a bill to create a cap and trade system in Florida. Rubio opposes President Obama's "cap and trade" scheme.
- Crist supported the McCain-Kennedy amnesty legislation that would have rewarded illegal immigration. Rubio opposes amnesty and believes we must secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws.
- Crist opposed a waiting period to protect unborn children and said he was "pro-choice" when he ran for the Senate in 1998. Rubio is 100% pro-life, supports a waiting period to protect innocent unborn children, and has not waffled on the issue.
- Crist appointed two liberal judges to the Florida Supreme Court, including one endorsed by Planned Parenthood. Rubio supports only strict constructionist judges who won't legislate from the bench.
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