Florida Gov. Charlie Crist Endorses McCain

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Saturday, January 26, 2008; 8:40 PM

GOV. CHARLIE CRIST, R-FLA.: Thank you very much. Thank you, Peter. I appreciate your kind words. Welcome to Pinellas County. It's great to have all of you here.

I have a distinct honor tonight and I have the privilege of introducing our special guest, a great American and a great friend.

Senator McCain, would you please join me at the podium?


As you know we have a very important election here in Florida come Tuesday, just three days away, and the man who stands next to me really is a true American hero. He is a great United States Senator. He was a great member of Congress. He's a great friend to Florida. I think the world of him.

And we have a lot of great people that are running for president this year who would all do well, but we have to think about, when it comes to Tuesday, who you're going to vote for and who you're going to support, and I have been thinking about it a lot.

And I have to tell you that after thinking about it as much as I have, I don't think anybody would do better than the man who stands next to me, Senator John McCain.


That's an endorsement.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-ARIZ.: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Charlie. Thank you, Governor. Thank you.

I am very honored. I cannot tell you, cannot describe to you the honor and privilege that I feel to be endorsed by this great governor of this great state of Florida.

Thank you. God bless you and thank you, Charlie.


And I'm afraid -- and I'm afraid this sound system is brought to you by the Democrat National Committee. So I will -- Charlie, I'm deeply honored. I thank all of you for being here.

I thank you for your support of our party. I thank you for your support of our nation, and I thank you for your support of this great governor, who is known throughout this nation and the world as one of the great leaders in the 21st century.

And I thank you for your support of him.


And I look forward -- I look forward, as president of the United States, of working with Charlie Crist on a number of issues, a couple of which I would like to discuss with you tonight.

But first of all, I want to say thank you for your support of our party. Thank you. Without your support and without your help (AUDIO GAP) the entire state of Florida, it would not be possible to back our incredibly strong and wonderful list of candidates.

And I'd like to begin by thanking my friend, Gus Bilirakis, whose father and I had the privilege of serving together in the United States House of Representatives.

Gus? Where are you, Gus? Stand up.


Gus, I know you're here. There he is. He, Gus. There he is. Thanks, Gus. It's great to see you, Gus, and thank you. And I had the great privilege of meeting Mike's grandson and Gus' son, Teddy, who is here tonight, who I'm sure someday will also be serving (AUDIO GAP).

... speaking of how wonderful and important governors are, that the time when the two inmates in the state prison in the chow line and one of them said to the other one, "The food was a lot better in here when you were governor."


Some states you can't tell that joke in. But mayor of St. Petersburg, Mayor Baker, thank you, sir. Thank you for your stewardship. Thank you. Mayors are very important. Mayors are very important.



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