Charlie Crist in 2006 Robocall: Pro-Life, Opposed Amnesty and Adoption for Gay Couples, ‘Consistent Conservative’

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

September 9, 2022 Updated 3:12 PM ET

Then-Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, 2010 (Mike Cohen).
Then-Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, 2010 (Mike Cohen).

LOS ANGELES (FLV) – On Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s appearance on ABC’s The View, co-host Anna Navarro pressed him on a past “robocall” from 2006 when he ran for governor as a Republican.

“Your own words, Charlie, have come back to haunt you, have been used against you and [are] now coming up again,” she said. “You did a robocall in 206… I’d like us to hear it and I’d like you explain what the deal [is].”

The robocall said the following:

Hi, this is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight.

I’m pro life.

I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants.

I support traditional marriage and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program.

I support a constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage and I oppose adoption by gay couples and I worked to ensure the right to display the 10 Commandments in public places

Floridians need a consistent Conservative governor that they can trust.

I would appreciate your vote on Election Day.

Thank you so much, and God bless you and God bless Florida.

Republican candidate for governor Charlie Crist, 2006.

Navarro pressed Crist on “what has changed”: the platforms referenced by Crist in 2006 are very similar to what Republicans agree with present-day.

“I think the party’s changed dramatically like I said before, and I really believe that I’m not I’m not just spit-balling here,” he said, going onto say he changed his view on gay marriage “around the same time President Obama did.”

On abortion, Crist said being pro-choice now as opposed to pro-life then “isn’t” a big shift.

“I voted against an anti abortion bill in that [Florida State Senate healthcare] committee. It was a 24 hour waiting period because of my no vote the bill died in committee on a 66 tie… I vetoed an anti abortion bill that would have required an ultrasound for a woman and made her pay for it too,” he said. Crist went on to say he has the endorsement of Planned Parenthood and has a 100% rating from the pro-abortion organization.

On guns, Crist pointed to the Pulse Nightclub and Parkland high school shooting, and said he wants to “ban assault weapons,” “background checks,” and “red flag laws” nationwide.

Watch the full clip below:

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