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Charlie Crist calls for end to US embargo on Cuba

Florida Governor Charlie Crist gestures as he speaks with students at Miami-Edison High School August 22, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle, , Getty Images)
Florida Governor Charlie Crist gestures as he speaks with students at Miami-Edison High School August 22, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle, , Getty Images)
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Updated: 2/09 10:34 am

MIAMI (AP) - Charlie Crist is calling for an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate appeared on Bill Maher's HBO show on Friday.

"I don't think it worked," Crist said of the 52-year-old embargo. He also agreed when the comedian said politicians need to stand up to the Cuban exile community that supports the economic sanctions.

Gov. Rick Scott called that "insulting" in a statement released Saturday. He added: "Our Cuban community needs to be stood up for."

Crist was also on the show to promote his new book. The former GOP governor said lifting the embargo could create jobs for Floridians.

U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, the first Cuban-American Democrat from Florida elected to Congress, has also campaigned in support of loosening restrictions.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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warpsix - 2/9/2014 11:12 AM
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He would say the same thing about North Korea if it would get him a vote or 2. Just say No to Toll Road Crist.

imtellin - 2/9/2014 9:20 AM
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the only cuban americans that need standing up are they mariel rubber room & prison population... the rest have managed just fine for themselves...

Truthseeker - 2/9/2014 4:34 AM
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Crist would love to be friends with the Cuban government. They are Socialists just like him.
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