Charlie Crist Calls for Eric Shinseki to Step Down

Former Gov. Charlie Crist weighed in on the controversy surrounding the VA hospitals on Thursday.

"I appreciate Secretary Eric Shinseki's service to his country, and while we don't know precisely what happened here, we do know that there must be accountability and confidence in leadership in order to get to the truth and provide veterans the medical care they've earned and deserve," said Crist. "That confidence is gone. I think it would be best if the secretary stepped down and allowed others to get the VA fixed once and for all."

Crist also took the opportunity to take aim at Rick Scott.

"Moreover, if I were governor, rather than using this moment as a political tool, I would take immediate action to employ any and all resources needed to make sure that our veterans here in Florida get the care that they need and deserve," he continued. "I'd start by calling the Legislature back in a special session to expand coverage to the more than 41,000 Florida veterans who fall into the health care gap and are not currently insured due to Rick Scott and the Legislature's failure. This isn't an issue of left versus right -- it's a crisis that requires leadership."
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