Crist meets with scientist on climate change

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Former Gov. Charlie Crist is trying to make a point that he's already taken a strong position on climate change and Republican Gov. Rick Scott hasn't.

Crist met with a Florida State University scientist Friday to talk about climate change and rising sea levels in an event that was as much about pointing out differences he has with Scott than it was to learn.

Crist already believes that the earth is warming and sea levels are rising. He hosted summits in 2007 and 2008 when he was governor that attracted international experts on the issue.

But Scott has deflected questions about climate change, saying he isn't a scientist. His campaign has responded to questions about Scott's position by pointing out that the governor has committed to restoring the Everglades.

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