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Charlie Crist: Joe Lieberman was right, ‘I’m much happier now’

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Charlie Crist tells National Review Online that a conversation with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) helped to convince him to run for U.S. Senate as an independent. “[Lieberman] told me that [going independent] is the most liberating thing,” Crist says. “He was right. I’m much happier now, to be perfectly candid.”

Crist tells us that he plans to run a “positive campaign” against his two main opponents, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek. “I’ll be a happy warrior,” he promises. But will he try to tie Rubio to the Republican Party of Florida’s financial troubles, which are currently under federal scrutiny? “That investigation is in the hands of others, as it should be,” he says. “That’s not my focus.”

Crist was also asked, does he agree with Arizona’s new law? “What Arizona did is wrong,” Crist says. “I’m the grandson of a Greek immigrant. The notion that you pull over ‘suspect’ people and demand their papers is not American. That’s strange. That’s not what America is supposed to be about. What we need to do is secure the border, agree to not have amnesty, and create a pathway to citizenship that is earned. President Bush, to hiscredit, fought for that, as did former senator Mel Martinez.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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