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Charlie Crist on Abortion
Click here for 10 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • 1995: Opposed mandatory 24-hour waiting period for abortion. (Feb 2014)
  • Terri Schiavo's family should not be second-guessed by state. (Feb 2014)
  • I'm pro-life, but stay out of other people's lives. (Feb 2014)
  • Vetoed bill requiring ultrasound exams before abortions. (Oct 2010)
  • Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion. (Oct 2010)
  • Defend parental notification rights. (Nov 2006)
  • Prohibit partial-birth abortion. (Nov 1998)
  • Abortion is a personal decision; but ban partial-birth. (Oct 1998)
  • Supports both federal abortion funding & judicial activism. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research. (Aug 2010)
Charlie Crist on Budget & Economy
Click here for 6 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • 2006: canceled high-priced Governor's Inaugural Ball. (Feb 2014)
  • 2009 stimulus saved teacher & cop jobs; and revived economy. (Feb 2014)
  • OpEd: As incumbent, blamed for Florida's weak economy. (Oct 2010)
  • Supports economic stimulus and some parts of ObamaCare. (Oct 2010)
  • $8B stimulus funds saved or created 87,000 jobs in Florida. (Mar 2010)
  • Florida HOPE taskforce to help victims of housing crisis. (Mar 2008)
Charlie Crist on Civil Rights
Click here for 11 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • 2006: Came out for civil unions; denied rumors he was gay. (Feb 2014)
  • Civil rights is an American value that all should embrace. (Feb 2014)
  • 2006: Supported civil unions en route to gay marriage. (Feb 2014)
  • Diversity is one of our strengths in America. (Feb 2014)
  • 2010: Backed gay marriage ban; 2014: supports gay marriage. (Jan 2014)
  • I support marriage equality in Florida. (May 2013)
  • Opposed gay adoption; then praised Court overturning ban. (Oct 2010)
  • Lifetime member of NAACP. (Jan 2010)
  • Uphold Florida’s Defense of Marriage Act. (Nov 2006)
  • Provide compensation to victims of racial discrimination. (Nov 2006)
  • Discontinue affirmative action programs. (Nov 1998)
Charlie Crist on Corporations
Click here for the full quote on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Cut corporate welfare and foreign aid. (Oct 1998)
Charlie Crist on Crime
Click here for 11 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • "Chain Gang Charlie": reinstitute prisoner labor on highways. (Feb 2014)
  • 1978: Florida State murders taught empathy for victims. (Feb 2014)
  • 1993: Sponsored STOP law: Stop Turning Out Prisoners. (Feb 2014)
  • Chain-Gang Charlie: reinstitute prison chain gangs. (Jan 2010)
  • Stop Turning Out Prisoners: serve at least 85% of sentence. (Dec 2009)
  • Supports 10-20-Life and Stop Turning Out Prisoners program. (Mar 2008)
  • Supports 10-20-Life and Stop Turning Out Prisoners program. (Mar 2008)
  • Proposed the Anti-Murder Act. (Mar 2007)
  • Require that prisoners serve at least 85% of their sentences. (Nov 2006)
  • Broaden use of federal death penalty. (Nov 1998)
  • More federal prisons; more “truth in sentencing”. (Nov 1998)
Charlie Crist on Drugs
Click here for the full quote on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • More penalties against drugs; more funds for enforcement. (Nov 1998)
Charlie Crist on Education
Click here for 12 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Supports charter schools and standardized testing. (Feb 2014)
  • Some public school teachers should earn $100,000. (Feb 2014)
  • National testing mostly favors for-profit testing firms. (Feb 2014)
  • Vetoed merit-based pay for teachers. (Jun 2012)
  • School choice gives kids the best chance for success. (Feb 2012)
  • OpEd: Vetoed merit pay & ending tenure for political points. (Feb 2011)
  • As Commissioner of Educ., implemented school accountability. (Dec 2009)
  • Father served on the Pinellas County School Board. (Dec 2009)
  • Propose $3.8 billion to reduce class size. (Mar 2007)
  • Early advocate for parental choice in education. (Nov 2006)
  • Allow vouchers for any public, private or religious school. (Nov 1998)
  • Constitutional amendment for school prayer. (Nov 1998)
Charlie Crist on Energy & Oil
Click here for 7 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Reduce climate change by doing things we should do anyway. (Feb 2014)
  • BP oil spill made me oppose offshore oil drilling. (Feb 2014)
  • Instituted state cap-and-trade by Executive Order. (Jun 2012)
  • Open to cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions. (Jan 2010)
  • $200M package for solar, wind, & biofuel from citrus. (Mar 2008)
  • Propose almost $70 million on alternative energy development. (Mar 2007)
  • Supports renewable energy tax credits. (Aug 2010)
Charlie Crist on Environment
Click here for 4 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • 1992: Elected to State Senate on pro-environment message. (Feb 2014)
  • Asked BP to pay $65M for tourism promotion, after oil spill. (Feb 2014)
  • Let state-run insurance carrier compete in private market. (Jun 2012)
  • Appropriate $100 million to continue to restore Everglades. (Mar 2007)
Charlie Crist on Families & Children
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Charlie Crist on Foreign Policy
Click here for 2 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Lift the Cuban embargo; it has failed for 50 years. (Feb 2014)
  • Find a way to work with our international allies. (Feb 2014)
Charlie Crist on Free Trade
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  • Opposes NAFTA; supports tariffs; opposes Fast Track. (Nov 1998)
Charlie Crist on Government Reform
Click here for 3 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Give former felons a second chance at voting rights. (Feb 2014)
  • Require paper backup for all electronic voting machines. (Feb 2014)
  • Supports term limits & instant contribution reporting. (Nov 1998)
Charlie Crist on Gun Control
Click here for 4 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Strongly supports Second Amendment rights. (Nov 2006)
  • Repeal gun restrictions; allow concealed carry. (Nov 1998)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated A- by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Aug 2010)
Charlie Crist on Health Care
Click here for 7 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Likes parts of ObamaCare but it's too big & too bureaucratic. (Feb 2014)
  • AdWatch: unwavering support of ObamaCare. (Dec 2013)
  • Cover Florida: 6,000 uninsured given peace of mind. (Mar 2010)
  • Get waste & fraud out of Medicare so program will survive. (Mar 2010)
  • Cover Florida: $150 a month plan for 3.8 million uninsured. (Mar 2008)
  • Cover Florida: $150 a month plan for 3.8 million uninsured. (Mar 2008)
  • Expand tax-free medical savings accounts. (Nov 1998)
Charlie Crist on Homeland Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Supports strong national defense. (Feb 2014)
  • 2008: I don't believe in torture. (Feb 2014)
  • Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has worked. (Feb 2010)
  • Opposes banning homosexuals in the military. (Aug 2010)
Charlie Crist on Immigration
Click here for 3 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • No amnesty, but an earned path to citizenship. (May 2010)
  • Seal borders; enforce laws; send illegals to back of line. (Mar 2010)
  • Close the door of illegal immigration; protect our borders. (Oct 1998)
Charlie Crist on Jobs
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  • Minimum wage increase good; living wage better. (Dec 2013)
Charlie Crist on Local Issues
Click here for 2 full quotes on Local Issues OR background on Local Issues.
  • Sued Florida Power when they raised rates abruptly. (Feb 2014)
  • Supported $2.4B federal funding of I-4 corridor. (Feb 2014)
Charlie Crist on Principles & Values
Click here for 17 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Original family name "Christodoulos", from Greek Cyprus. (Feb 2014)
  • 1966: Father won Pinellas County School Board seat. (Feb 2014)
  • Married at age 21; divorced soon after. (Feb 2014)
  • While Governor, married Carole Rome; called "First Fiancee". (Feb 2014)
  • Opposing anything the Democrats proposed--that wasn't my way. (Feb 2014)
  • AdWatch: not REPUBLICAN; not DEMOCRAT; but AMERICAN. (Feb 2014)
  • 1986: First campaign: lost State Senate primary runoff. (Feb 2014)
  • New kind of Republican: reasonable moderate leader. (Jun 2012)
  • 2009: Ran for Senate after expected unopposed run for Gov. (Jun 2012)
  • 2009: Embraced Obama publicly, to promote stimulus bill. (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: Ran as independent because of polls, not principles. (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: Switched to Independent when polls swung to 30% loss. (Jun 2012)
  • I would have left GOP anyway; they're too extreme. (Oct 2010)
  • We need open-mindedness in a Senator, not ideology. (Oct 2010)
  • In Rubio's $600,000 slush fund only $4000 went to candidates. (Mar 2010)
  • Problem solving requires consensus, and sometimes concession. (Mar 2010)
  • Humble roots led to values of lower taxes & less government. (Dec 2009)
Charlie Crist on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Reducing COLA is unfair to seniors living on fixed income. (Apr 2010)
  • Focus on waste & fraud, not retirement age & COLA. (Mar 2010)
  • Don't raise retirement age; don't adjust COLA. (Mar 2010)
  • Invest budget surplus into Trust Fund. (Nov 1998)
  • Don't raise eligibility age; don't tax benefits. (Oct 1998)
Charlie Crist on Tax Reform
Click here for 11 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • 2007: lowered property taxes by $33B over 5 years. (Feb 2014)
  • 2009: temporary $25 average car fee increase. (Dec 2013)
  • Double homestead exemption to $50K & taxes drop like a rock. (Jun 2012)
  • Pushed moderate property tax relief instead of 1.35% cap. (Jun 2012)
  • Extend the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers. (Jul 2010)
  • Reduce the tax brackets to let private enterprise flourish. (Mar 2010)
  • 2006: Pledged no taxes; 2009: $2.2B in fees on 16M people. (Mar 2010)
  • Reduce property taxes by doubling homestead exemption. (Mar 2007)
  • Replace income tax with a flat tax or national sales tax. (Nov 1998)
  • Best to extend all tax cuts; but compromise and push later. (Oct 2010)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Charlie Crist on Technology
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  • Toughened penalties for identity theft and Internet spam. (Dec 2009)
Charlie Crist on War & Peace
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Charlie Crist on Welfare & Poverty
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VoteMatch Responses
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Favors embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
1995: Opposed mandatory 24-hour waiting period for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
I'm pro-life, but stay out of other people's lives: Favors topic 1
Vetoed bill requiring ultrasound exams before abortions: Favors topic 1
Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion: Opposes topic 1
Defend parental notification rights: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit partial-birth abortion: Opposes topic 1
Abortion is a personal decision; but ban partial-birth: Favors topic 1
Supports both federal abortion funding & judicial activism: Strongly Favors topic 1
Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Civil rights is an American value that all should embrace: Strongly Favors topic 2
Diversity is one of our strengths in America: Strongly Favors topic 2
Lifetime member of NAACP: Favors topic 2
Provide compensation to victims of racial discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 2
Discontinue affirmative action programs: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
2006: Came out for civil unions; denied rumors he was gay: Strongly Favors topic 3
2010: Backed gay marriage ban; 2014: supports gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
I support marriage equality in Florida: Strongly Favors topic 3
Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has worked: Opposes topic 3
Uphold Florida’s Defense of Marriage Act: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposes banning homosexuals in the military: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Constitutional amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
AdWatch: unwavering support of ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Cover Florida: 6,000 uninsured given peace of mind: Strongly Favors topic 5
Cover Florida: $150 a month plan for 3.8 million uninsured: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand tax-free medical savings accounts: Opposes topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Reducing COLA is unfair to seniors living on fixed income: Opposes topic 6
Focus on waste & fraud, not retirement age & COLA: Favors topic 6
Invest budget surplus into Trust Fund: Opposes topic 6
Don't raise eligibility age; don't tax benefits: Opposes topic 6
No opinion on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(0 points on Economic scale)
Supports charter schools and standardized testing: Favors topic 7
Some public school teachers should earn $100,000: Strongly Opposes topic 7
National testing mostly favors for-profit testing firms: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Vetoed merit-based pay for teachers: Opposes topic 7
School choice gives kids the best chance for success: Favors topic 7
As Commissioner of Educ., implemented school accountability: Favors topic 7
Propose $3.8 billion to reduce class size: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Early advocate for parental choice in education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Allow vouchers for any public, private or religious school: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
1992: Elected to State Senate on pro-environment message: Opposes topic 8
Asked BP to pay $65M for tourism promotion, after oil spill: Opposes topic 8
Appropriate $100 million to continue to restore Everglades: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
"Chain Gang Charlie": reinstitute prisoner labor on highways: Favors topic 9
1993: Sponsored STOP law: Stop Turning Out Prisoners: Strongly Favors topic 9
Chain-Gang Charlie: reinstitute prison chain gangs: Strongly Favors topic 9
Stop Turning Out Prisoners: serve at least 85% of sentence: Strongly Favors topic 9
Toughened penalties for identity theft and Internet spam: Favors topic 9
Supports 10-20-Life and Stop Turning Out Prisoners program: Strongly Favors topic 9
Require that prisoners serve at least 85% of their sentences: Strongly Favors topic 9
Broaden use of federal death penalty: Favors topic 9
More federal prisons; more “truth in sentencing”: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Strongly supports Second Amendment rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
Repeal gun restrictions; allow concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A- by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Humble roots led to values of lower taxes & less government: Opposes topic 11
Replace income tax with a flat tax or national sales tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
$12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants: Favors topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
No amnesty, but an earned path to citizenship: Favors topic 12
Seal borders; enforce laws; send illegals to back of line: Opposes topic 12
Close the door of illegal immigration; protect our borders: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes NAFTA; supports tariffs; opposes Fast Track: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Lift the Cuban embargo; it has failed for 50 years: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Find a way to work with our international allies: Strongly Opposes topic 14
2008: I don't believe in torture: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports strong national defense: Strongly Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports term limits & instant contribution reporting: Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce climate change by doing things we should do anyway: Strongly Favors topic 18
BP oil spill made me oppose offshore oil drilling: Favors topic 18
Instituted state cap-and-trade by Executive Order: Strongly Favors topic 18
Open to cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions: Favors topic 18
$200M package for solar, wind, & biofuel from citrus: Favors topic 18
Propose almost $70 million on alternative energy development: Favors topic 18
Supports renewable energy tax credits: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
More penalties against drugs; more funds for enforcement: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Supports economic stimulus and some parts of ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 20
$8B stimulus funds saved or created 87,000 jobs in Florida: Strongly Favors topic 20
Reduce the tax brackets to let private enterprise flourish: Strongly Opposes topic 20
2006: Pledged no taxes; 2009: $2.2B in fees on 16M people: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Best to extend all tax cuts; but compromise and push later: Opposes topic 20

Charlie Crist is a Moderate Populist.
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