Former Gov. Charlie Crist criticized for planning trip to Cuba

In 2006, Crist declared the time to visit Cuba is 'when it's free'

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist criticized his opponent for traveling to Cuba on a fact-finding trip. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Crist now wants to visit the communist island to find facts of his own.

Crist said during his 2006 campaign that Democratic opponent Jim Davis shouldn't have visited Cuba on a congressional trip, saying "I know when it's time to visit Havana, and it's when it's free."

But times, along with Crist's party, have changed. In his second run for governor, Crist believes the United States should scrap the 52-year-old embargo, and he wants to visit the island to see what conditions are like there.

Crist didn't immediately return a message on his cell phone and his campaign spokesman said he wouldn't be available to talk Thursday.

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