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Crist, Sink Join Oil-Drilling Protest at Capitol

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Tallahassee, FL – Anti-drilling protesters in the Capitol Courtyard Tuesday had a couple of key allies: Gov. Charlie Crist and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. Margie Menzel reports.

"Let the people vote! Let the people vote!"

Crist and Sink stood in the midst of about 250 people on the Old Capitol steps. First Crist...

"This is the time for the people to be honored to be heard to make a statement about what's important to them."

...then Sink...

"We do not need near-beach drilling in our state."

...called on lawmakers not to pull the plug on placing a near-shore oil drilling ban in the Florida Constitution. David Rauschkalb, organizer of Hands Across the Sand:

"It's no secret what the speaker of the House of Representatives is planning to do: snuff out the only possibility to let the people decide...an act so short-sighted and arrogant...an act that is an insult to Floridians."

The protesters then went into the Capitol and watched as the House voted to sine die within the hour.