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11-27-2007, 08:35 PM
Republican Party of Florida Unveils Governor Crist’s YouTube Question

Governor Crist Highlights Importance of a National Catastrophe Fund in his Video Question to Republican Candidates

St. Petersburg, Florida—The Republican Party of Florida today unveiled the question submitted by Florida Governor Charlie Crist for the RPOF/CNN/YouTube Republican Presidential Candidates’ Debate on this Wednesday, November 28. The debate, the first of its kind for the Republican presidential candidates, features video questions submitted exclusively from YouTube users.

“I asked a simple question to the Republican presidential candidates—a question that has a significant national impact but also has strong ties to the State of Florida and our people,” explained Governor Crist. “Would they, as candidates for President of the United States, support a national catastrophe fund similar to Florida’s hurricane catastrophe fund?”
Over 3,000 people have submitted video questions to the candidates through YouTube. CNN’s political staff will choose the most compelling videos and they will be shown to the candidates for their response during the live, primetime debate.

“The fact that CNN and YouTube chose Florida out of the entire nation as the host state of this groundbreaking debate exemplifies Florida’s magnitude in the nominating process and the 2008 presidential election cycle,” remarked RPOF Chairman Jim Greer. “Governor Crist’s question illustrates how the issues that are important to Florida’s families and businesses—such as a catastrophe fund—can also be significant to families and businesses across the nation.”
The Governor’s question is featured on YouTube at www.youtube.com/rpof and on the RPOF’s website, www.rpof.org.

About Governor Crist’s position on the creation of a national catastrophe fund:
Florida’s hurricane catastrophe fund has provided protection to insurers—and ultimately, to homeowners—against catastrophic losses. A national fund would establish a disciplined, structured plan for what, as a simple matter of reality, will be substantial federal assistance following a major natural disaster. Governor Crist believes that spreading risk and establishing financially responsible measures before a catastrophe strikes is both more efficient and more fiscally responsible. Additionally, accumulation of reserves through a national fund could be accomplished in a way that reduces the cost to the individual. Finally, establishment of a national catastrophe fund does not mean an abandonment of the insurance or reinsurance marketplace. Rather, the fund would serve as an additional layer of support for the most significant events.

Paid for by the Republican Party of Florida. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee. www.rpof.org

11-27-2007, 08:40 PM
I live in Florida and I believe each state should have their own catastrophe fund, and not the Federal Government!

You have to remember that in Florida the APPEARANCE of affluence is EVERYTHING - "affluenza" is in epidemic porportions! This is the state that spends more money on Orchid Conventions and Golf Course development than it does on people with disabilites!

Af-flu-en-za n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.