The Prime Minister said some of Mr Craig's views ... were "definitely" not aligned with those of the National Party.
Therein lies the heart of the problem. If National had stuck to and upheld long held core principles instead of pandering for votes from the progressive left of centre, Mr Craig wouldn't be needing to have views.
He has some ... views which would probably be different to our take on things, but you've got to remember those ... issues are a conscience vote so even if he got into Parliament it doesn't mean that agenda's going to be progressed because it would take the majority will of the Parliament.
Mr Key will no doubt revisit that statement in a different light early December next year. The alternative will be no 3rd term and donning rose coloured glasses.