charlie_crist_countenance.jpgTALLAHASSEE  (AP) _ E-mails obtained by a Florida newspaper show Gov. Charlie Crist's aides knew about President Barack Obama's visit to Florida in October, though the governor previously told reporters that he was unaware of the trip.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the White House provided an itinerary and invitation in advance of Obama's Oct. 26 visit to Jacksonville Naval Air Station. Crist's executive assistant responded to the e-mail, saying the governor would be unable to attend.

A day after the Jacksonville appearance, Crist twice told reporters that he wasn't aware of the trip. When asked a third time, Crist said he knew Obama was coming to Florida, but didn't know the itinerary.

Crist is running for U.S. Senate and has been trying to distance himself from Obama.


Information from: St. Petersburg Times,