TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Charlie Crist is not going to visit Cuba this summer as he originally planned

In a statement released Monday, Crist’s campaign spokesperson Brendan Gilfillan wrote, “Despite his stark disagreements with the government in Cuba, the governor continues to believe the embargo hasn’t worked for the Cuban people and is bad for Florida’s economy. If at some point after the election there is an opportunity to travel there to learn from the people of Cuba and help find opportunities for Florida businesses the governor will go.”

Crist, the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, said earlier this year that the United States should scrap the 52-year-old embargo with the communist-run island. He also said he planned on visiting Cuba on a fact-finding trip.

The Crist campaign statement also said he plans to try and learn from the people of Cuba and help find opportunities for Florida businesses.

“Between now and November, Governor Crist is determined to spend as much time as possible meeting with Floridians to discuss creating a stronger economy for our middle class families. The future of our state and our people deserve nothing less.”

Crist supported the Cuban embargo back when he was a Republican.

But he has changed his stance now that he is running as a Democrat against incumbent Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott criticized Crist for saying he planned to visit the island and said it would help the Castro dictatorship.

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