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Charlie Crist on Homeland Security

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Supports strong national defense

As I began to build my political career, you wouldn't call me a rebel. I wasn't picking constant fights. I always preferred bringing people together instead of squabbling with them. I was a Republican. No one missed that. I checked all the boxes Republicans do: low taxes, tough on crime, support for a strong national defense--not that I had too much need for that that one as I climbed the ladder of Florida state politics. But in all the jobs I've had--and I've had a few--I tried to remain true to the things I cared about and always tried to be my own man. That could point me conservative. It could point me liberal. I wasn't big on labels. If I stuck with causes I believed in, I told myself, the politics would take care of themselves. And I could admire leadership talent wherever it turned up.

Even at a Democratic Party convention.

Source: The Party's Over, by Charlie Crist, p. 58-59 , Feb 4, 2014

2008: I don't believe in torture

"I know you've been reading in the papers some speculation about whether or not you'd be considered for the ticket," Rick said. "Let me tell you: You are being considered for the ticket."

They went over some of the same ground as the written questionnaire, then got into detailed discussions of important policy questions.

"How far would you go to capture Osama bin Laden?" Anything legal.

"Do you believe in torture?" No.

"Should Americans have a right to health care?" Absolutely.

I answered every question, and the lawyers kept coming up with more. Then, for weeks, the McCain team slid back into silence. I didn't know what to expect next. I did notice that the phone didn't ring.

Source: The Party's Over, by Charlie Crist, p.129-130 , Feb 4, 2014

Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has worked

U.S. Senate rivals Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio both said today they oppose abolishing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy affecting gays and lesbians in the military. The 1993 policy was intended to be a political compromise that let gay men and women serve so long as they stayed silent about their sexuality. But President Barack Obama and top military leaders say it is time to end the discrimination all together.

"We are a nation at war. The governor believes the current policy has worked, and there is no need to make changes," a Crist campaign spokeswoman said.

"Marco Rubio supports the current policy and doesn't see any evidence it needs to be changed," a campaign spokesman said.

Source: St. Petersburg Times' coverage of 2010 Florida Senate debate , Feb 4, 2010

Opposes banning homosexuals in the military.

Crist opposes the CC survey question on banning homosexuals in the military

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Enforcing the 1993 law banning homosexuals in the military"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q3a on Aug 11, 2010

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