Mel Martinez: Crist still has 'resonance'
Ex-U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez did an interview with WMFE 90.7 FM’s Mark Simpson and touched on numerous subjects including the intense primary between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist.
"Governor Crist, I think, it was anticipated would cruise to victory in this primary. It's become rather tough. I still wouldn't write Governor Crist out, I think he's a resourceful political figure. I think he still has a lot of resonance around this state. It's just a surprisingly close race." More excerpts below:
On his misgivings as Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman and reasons for resigning from that position: "My views within the party were not mainstream at the moment that I was there and so I felt like that was not really a comfortable moment. But obviously the biggest reason of all was that I found that being a Senator from a large state like Florida was not really compatible with chairing the RNC."
On being pushed into positions Martinez hadn't considered for himself in his political career: "Sure, I think there's an element of that. I think others had more political ambition for me than I had for myself. In that respect I think I'm an unusual politician."
To listen to Martinez’s entire interview, click here.
Part two of Martinez’s interview will air Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m.