Crist speaks to Tiger Bay, embraces Obama’s ACA

Former Gov. Charlie Crist doubled down on his support of President Obama and national health care today and said Gov. Rick Scott is just plain “bad.”

Crist also told the Capital Tiger Bay Club he didn’t vote for Scott, who was elected to succeed him in the Governor’s Mansion in 2010. Crist had been elected as a Republican in 2006, became an independent four years later after polls showed him losing the Republican primary to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, and is now running against Scott as a Democrat.

Scott supporters have lately been running a television advertisement showing Crist saying Obamacare is “great.” Scott, a wealthy former hospital executive, built his political campaign on opposition to the national health care system in 2009 and 2010.

In his Tiger Bay speech, Crist said a woman in Orlando recently approached him and told him she loved his TV ad — thinking the Scott piece was actually supporting Crist. Crist said he is not spending his campaign money yet, building more for the general election.

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