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Reaction to Crist's endorsement of Obama



What former Florida governor (and former Republican) Charlie Crist wrote in today's Tampa Bay Times:

As America prepares to pick our president for the next four years — and as Florida prepares once again to play a decisive role — I'm confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation. I applaud and share his vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility. It is a vision of the future proven right by our history.

RPOF chair Lenny Curry: “Today we have seen a repugnant display from a self-centered, career politician. While the people of Florida, and thousands of visitors who've traveled here, are facing an emergency, Charlie Crist has demonstrated, yet again, that his political ambition will always come first.” Politico's Alexander Burns: The context for Crist's op-ed and Curry's response is not just the 2012 presidential race, but also the coming 2014 race for governor, in which many in both parties expect Crist to compete as a Democrat. The substance of Curry's attack -- that at the end of the day, Charlie is all about Charlie -- would be used against Crist in both a Democratic primary and a hypothetical general election. The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo: It's looks like yet another indication that Crist, an independent, plans on becoming a Democrat and running for governor. The next sign: Whether he gets a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. In some ways, Obama owes Crist, who literally and figuratively embraced the president's stimulus plan in 2009 in Fort Myers when the rest of the Republican party was busy trashing it. The Tampa Bay Times' Steve Bousquet: Changing times: Six years ago, Mitt Romney, head of GOP gov's ass'n., came to Florida with a $1 million check -- for Charlie Crist.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 26, 2012 5:15pm]


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