06/18/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Steele Not Ready To Endorse Crist In Florida

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Sunday that despite the National Republican Senatorial Committee's early endorsement of Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida's GOP Senate primary, neither he nor the RNC will take sides in the contest until after the primary.

Crist is competing with former Florida Speaker Marco Rubio in the fight for the GOP nomination. Although Crist is popular in the state and most polls have shown him winning the open seat general election easily, some conservative groups have been critical of his record as governor -- particularly his decision to support President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package -- and have cast their lot with Rubio.

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