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Crist on Tavis Smiley show repeats line: 'the party left me'



Facing declining poll numbers, Gov. Charlie Crist appears on the PBS Tavis Smiley Show tonight to talk about education, the oil spill and repeat his claim that the "Republican Party left me."

When asked if he felt compelled to leave the Republican Party, Crist says: “I’ve really been asked the question in several ways, and one is did I leave the party or did the party leave me? I think the party left me.”

He adds: "And I want to be careful here because I don’t think that’s where all Republicans are.  I think that’s more where some activists in the party are. And I think that most Republicans, particularly most general election Republicans as opposed to primary Republicans take that more civil view.  As do most Democrats as do most Independents in this country.  So I think it was an evolution.”

Here's the excerpt released by the show:


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:21am]


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