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Team Romney trashes Charlie Crist in new film



CNN has some good, early detail from a forthcoming Mitt Romney documentary about how much Charlie Crist ticked off the Mitt Romney campaign with his surprise endorsement of John McCain in 2008. Romney aide Will Ritter vows, "I’ll do whatever I can to bury that iguana...For as long as I live. For free.”

From CNN:

The documentary captures the exact moment Romney finds out about Crist’s endorsement. An anguished-looking Romney, wearing a golf shirt and slumped in his hotel room chair, is informed of the news by phone.

In the next shot, his son Tagg delivers the back story straight to camera.

“Charlie Crist had promised my dad multiple times that he was going to stay neutral,” he says. “He talked to many people on our campaign and he promised them all he was going to stay neutral. And now he has announced he is going to endorse John McCain. Now it's two days before the election. This is a big deal. It’s a tight race, and it’s probably enough to tip it in McCain’s favor.”

Romney complains that Crist lacked the courtesy just to call and offer a heads up.

“You do something like this, you call and say, ‘Look I made a decision,” Romney says. “By the way, we have all talked to him and we said, are you going to endorse somebody? And he said no.”...

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 11:33am]


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