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Joe Biden will get Charlie Crist’s vote | Column
The congressman explains his support for the former vice president, a man of decency.
Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks to supporters as former Florida Gov. and now U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, left, stands near during a campaign stop at at Century Village in Boca Raton in 2014.
Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks to supporters as former Florida Gov. and now U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, left, stands near during a campaign stop at at Century Village in Boca Raton in 2014. [ ALAN DIAZ | AP ]
Published Mar. 5, 2020

It’s time for the Democratic Party to come together so the country can come together. For far too long, our nation has been divided, derided and defamed by our current commander in chief — but that didn’t start the fall. Almost a decade ago I wrote, The Party’s Over, regarding my former Republican Party. I wrote it because instead of standing for liberty, freedom and unity, the Republican Party turned to division to win elections.

In 2016, all of that came to a head with the election of the current occupant of the White House. After four years, though, the nation is ready to say enough. But not without a clear, capable alternative. By definition, the alternative has to be different. And I can think of nothing more opposite than the current president than a decent, vulnerable, strong, experienced and level man or woman.

After Super Tuesday, it’s clear the nation has decided that man is Joe Biden. His victory in South Carolina — fueled by African American voters — reset this race. And it wasn’t based on any polls, any political calculation or even money. It was based on decency.

Joe Biden has served our nation for as long as I can remember, and he’s served us well. His leadership on women’s rights, foreign policy and health care have been critical to the progress of our country. But fundamentally, Joe is a decent man. Through his actions, not his words, he’s shown us how to deal with loss, how to deal with setbacks and how to persevere and come out better for it. And we need more decency in this country.

While I know Joe personally, it’s something he says on the stump that moves me today. He tells a story about the power of a job, that his father told him it’s not just about the money. Jobs are about dignity. It’s so true.

And while he’s making a broader point, I think it also applies to the highest job in the land. The campaign for president is actually a campaign for dignity. Dignity for working people, our military, our families — dignity for all of us. To restore dignity, we need a candidate with dignity. And, importantly, a candidate who can beat President Donald Trump.

That’s why I’m especially proud to be supporting Joe Biden for president. And why I’m especially proud that he’s proven he’s the candidate who can bring together a diverse, strong, bipartisan coalition of voters to bring our party together now, so we can bring the country together in November of 2020.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, represents Florida’s 13th District and was Florida’s 44th governor.

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