BRADENTON, Fla. - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist considers himself an eternal optimist. He maintained that persona in his state of the state address Tuesday night, trying to put the best face on the state's economic woes as he presented plans for dealing with those problems during the 2008 legislative session.

"Florida's families and businesses are faced with extraordinary economic times - skyrocketing gas prices, the threat of foreclosure, and a softening housing market," Crist said. "And, like Florida's families, these challenging times will require us to meet the demands of declining revenues."

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