“We should have vaccine passports. I think that’s important.”
Charlie Crist, the former Republican Governor of Florida turned Democrat who is trying to get his old job back, apparently wants vaccine passports for Floridians.
A clip of Crist on Good Morning America in May resurfaced this week during an argument about another issue.
Crist tweeted this message about abortion:
It shouldn’t be controversial for women to have control over their own bodies.
— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) September 13, 2022
Then came this response:
Charlie Crist: "We should have vaccine passports. I think that's important." pic.twitter.com/N7oujQAOj5
— DeSantis War Room (@DeSantisWarRoom) September 13, 2022
Florida’s Voice provides a transcript:
ANCHOR: “Congressman, you know, Governor DeSantis has also banned businesses from acquiring vaccine passports. And this obviously is going to have an impact on lots of businesses there in your state, including the cruise ship industry. Where do you stand on vaccine passports and businesses?”
CRIST: “We should have vaccine passports. I think that’s important. I met with some of the cruise line industry CEOs. And what they told me is that they don’t want to have a ship go out, you know, when we have three ports that really have an awful lot of cruise line industry, business jobs, etc. I mean, you know, if you talk about having 98% and you have 2% on the ship that are not vaccinated, you could suffer an outbreak. It would decimate the industry if that were to happen. I don’t know why the governor doesn’t believe in safety first, you know, I don’t get it. I really don’t. And that’s why I’m running against him.”
Here’s the extended version of the video:
In May of 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation banning vaccine passports.
Most Florida voters probably thought this was a settled issue.
It’s not clear why Crist thinks this could be a winning position.
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