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Back for Seconds: Crist Returns to Burger King

September 22, 2009

CristBKGovernor Crist returned to Burger King’s corporate headquarters for the second time in the past week. Unlike his first trip — sampling the delicious sounding Bourbon Whopper, Fire-grilled Ribs, and Funnel Cake Sticks — the Governor says his most recent visit was about jobs.

Crist told the Miami Herald he returned on Monday “to learn from people on the front end of what’s happening in the economy and how government can get out of the way and maybe help.”

From the Herald:

“It’s important to be out with the people and get around the state, and I work very hard to try to do that,” Crist said.

Crist noted that Burger King employs about 20,000 people. Roughly 700 are at the corporate offices, while the rest are mostly lower-paid restaurant employees.

“They provide an awful lot of jobs for people in Florida, and that’s really the point,” Crist said after meeting with top executives. “It’s the economy, economy, economy, and any time I have the opportunity to visit a great Florida company that’s international in scope and that really represents Miami and provides jobs for our fellow Floridians … I’m very grateful.”

They also report that a spokesman for Marco Rubio — Crist’s Republican challenger for the U.S. Senate — suggests that, “He has time to eat Whoppers and raise money, but he doesn’t seem to have time to debate Marco Rubio on the issues.”

Florida Gov. Crist Back at Burger King in Miami for seconds [Miami Herald]

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