You can expect to see Charlie Crist on national TV this weekend as one member of a high-profile house party at John McCain's Arizona ranch. That's not unusual; Florida's governor hasn't been shy in recent weeks about increasing his national exposure. From policy discussions to assessments of what one cable host called his "fresh as a daisy'' looks, Crist is a regular media magnet. Now, as talk intensifies about his prospects as McCain's running mate, look where the governor has been hanging out.
Thursday: On CNBC's Power Lunch, Crist discusses a new law aimed at spurring the Florida economy. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going," Crist says. He also gives an interview from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to Fox Business News.
Wednesday: New York Times reporter Kevin Sack joins Crist on his three-city Florida fly-around promoting the governor's health proposal for the uninsured. Result: two articles. One is a story on the proposal; the other discusses Crist as a potential McCain running mate.
Sunday: Crist appears on CBS's Face the Nation to talk about recent Republican setbacks in special elections. What Republicans must do, Crist says, is get back to their roots of "lower taxes, less government and more freedom."
May 14: Crist appears on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Discussing John Edwards' endorsement of Democrat Barack Obama, Crist says, "It makes a strong statement about what a populist in the Democratic Party has to say about Sen. Obama. It's good news for Sen. Obama."
May 7: Crist lunches in Washington with Tim Russert of NBC's Meet the Press.
April 28: On Fox & Friends, Crist promotes McCain's proposed gasoline tax break. On MSNBC's Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski introduces him as "Florida's Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who is looking pretty fresh — fresh as a daisy — after a long weekend of partying!"
April 26: Crist attends the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner as a guest of Fortune magazine. The Washington Post "Reliable Source" column reports that "Crist hit on Morgan Fairchild at Tammy Haddad's Saturday brunch: 'So, do you ever get to Florida?' Worst pickup line ever."
April 24: Crist appears on CNN's morning news program.
April 23: Crist appears on Fox News discussing how Democratic infighting helps McCain and offers that McCain "was very gracious today in congratulating Sen. Clinton on her win in Pennsylvania last night." He also appears on CNN's Situation Room.
News researcher Will Short Gorham contributed to this report.