[cnn-photo-caption image= http://blogs.cnn.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2010/02/obama-crist-gi-art.jpg caption="Governor Charlie Crist is hugged by President Obama at a town hall meeting February 10, 2009 in Fort Myers, Florida."]
By Jim Acosta, CNN
To hug or not to hug?
That's the question facing Florida's Republican voters. The answer could have national implications for the Tea Party movement.
In the white-hot GOP primary battle between Governor Charlie Crist and former House Speaker Marco Rubio, the hug is the big issue.
In case you haven't heard – last year, the governor briefly hugged President Obama at a stimulus town hall meeting in Florida. Tea Party activists in the state immediately cried foul and began moving in droves to Rubio in the race.
Does Crist regret the hug? Does he still defend his support of the stimulus? Yes. And yes. To the governor, it's all about civility in politics. Tea partiers or no tea partiers.
Would Rubio hug Obama? Watch our second part of "Welcome to the Tea Party" – "Florida showdown," Thursday on American Morning.
Editor's Note: Wednesday’s American Morning audience shared varied opinion about the growing Tea Party movement. As the party hosts its convention this weekend, some expressed fear of the new organizers, while others believe the Tea Party would be the third contingent to emerge in our electoral system.
What do you think of the Tea Party movement? Continue the conversation here.
A judge will meet today with some of the Americans who were arrested for trying to illegally take 33 Haitian children out of that country.
There's still no decision as to whether they'll be charged with attempted child trafficking.
Christopher Schmidt, an attorney who specializes in international kidnapping cases, joined us on Wednesday's American Morning to discuss the case.
The NTSB ruled Tuesday that the pilot of Continental Flight 3407 pulled on the plane's control column when he should have pushed – leading to the deadly plane crash near Buffalo that killed 49 people on board and one on the ground.
A year later, federal officials have also ruled that mistakes made by the Continental flight's first officer and inadequate training by its regional carrier contributed to the crash.
To discuss airline safety we were joined on Wednesday's American Morning by Jim Hall, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board; and Michael Goldfarb, former chief of staff for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Top officials from five U.S. intelligence agencies believe al-Qaeda is certain to attempt an attack on America by the summer.
And while we've heard plenty of tough talk from the White House when it comes to tackling terrorism, there's a big difference between resolve and results. Our Barbara Starr reports with this memo to the president.
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