Charlie Crist to Speak at Democratic National Convention

The former Republican Florida governor is no longer registered with either party.

Former GOP Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a St. Petersburg resident, will speak at the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte, NC.

The announcement comes as the Republican National Convention is about to convene in Tampa, after a one-day delay by Tropical Stom Isaac. Crist said that Obama is more focused on middle class issues.

In an article reported by the Tampa Bay Times Monday, Crist said:

"I think so much of what the president has done and the good he's tried to do for Florida."

"On issue after issue after issue, he's proven himself as the kind of person who's willing to work across the aisle for the betterment of the people."

Crist also wrote a first-person piece for the Tampa Bay Times outlining his support for the president and his opposition to Romney and the party to which he used to belong. Crist's comments grabbed the headlines Monday, when all eyes were on the RNC in Tampa, recovering from a near hit by Isaac.

Crist described "an element" of the GOP as "extreme."

"But an element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they've proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims."

Crist, who is no longer registered with either party, endorsed Obama Sunday. Crist's wife is a registered Democrat.

Donald H August 28, 2012 at 10:38 AM
He is a lying, turncoat, bastard of the ilk of Obama & company...!
Jerry Kendall August 28, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I have long been a Charlie Crist fan and supporter. His entire family are wonderful people. However, with this latest statement of support for Obama, I can no longer support him or his efforts. How anyone, as intelligent as he, can look at these past years with the Obama administration and want to continue in that mode is beyond comprehension. As Obama sold us in his 2008 campaign, Change is the key word for 2012. I understand Crist's position as a future Democratic candidate and his need to play up to his future party, but I am disappointed in his self serving public support of Obama. I can not believe that he really thinks this is best for our country. Too bad.
Gwen Thomas August 28, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I don't think Charlie Crist is playing up to anyone, nor has he ever done so. On the contrary, he has been a true public servant and has always acted for the rights and in interest of the general public. He has no allegiance to party affiliation, but rather an open mind, eyes, ears and heart for the people. I admire his courage and have always voted for him despite his previous party affiliation. I will vote for him if he runs for ANY office again.
Jack Sprat August 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Crist proves what we already knew - he is just another free spending, lame liberal. He may not be a registered Democrat but he sure has memorized their talking points. Contrary to those lies, women, seniors, students and legal immigrants are going to be much better off with Romney than with Obama....because we will still have our country, our freedom and our opportunities. The other shoe (in the closet for now) will drop some day. Imagine where we might be today if Marco Rubio had not decided to run for the Senate.
Keith Best September 05, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Charlie is a turncoat who only cares about his own hide, not the people of his state. Thank GOD for Marco Rubio.


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