Charlie Crist: ‘I’m an Anti-Tax, Pro-Life, Pro-Gun Republican’
As a Senate candidate, Governor Charlie Crist is facing a stiff challenge from former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio in this year's Republican primary. Rubio has been rising in recent polls, to the surprise of many political pundits.
Earlier this week, Crist did an interview with the conservative publication Newsmax in which he responds to people who claim he's not lived up to the conservative label.
“Rubio claims he is the true conservative in the race, and some Republicans say you’re not conservative enough,” Newsmax.TV’s Ashley Martella said. “How do you respond?”
“I think it’s kind of funny, to be honest with you,” Crist answered.
“I’m an anti-tax, pro-life, pro-gun Republican, and I think it’s very clear that during my entire career I’ve never voted for a new tax. I’ve always thought it was important to put people first, to make sure they have the opportunity to make their own decisions about their lives without the government intruding. If that’s not conservative, I don’t know what is."
When asked about President Obama's budget, Crist took a hard line.
“I believe you need to tax less so that the people can spend their money more wisely than government will on any given day. What’s happening in Washington is exactly the opposite approach," Crist said. “I think Ronald Reagan would be turning over in his grave seeing what’s going on in D.C., because we all know, or at least I feel, that if you reduce taxes and give more of the hard-earned money back to the taxpayers so that they can spend it, you spur the economy forward. You revitalize entrepreneurship and the kinds of things a free market would bring about. So no, I would not vote for that budget.”
View the full interview here...