Charlie Crist Op-Ed in Tampa Bay Times
As Republicans gather in Tampa to nominate Mitt Romney, Americans can expect to hear tales of how President Obama has failed to work with their party or turn the economy around.
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.
The truth is that the party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve.
Pundits looking to reduce something as big as a statewide election to a single photograph have blamed the result of my 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate on my greeting of President Obama. I didn't stand with our president because of what it could mean politically; I did it because uniting to recover from the worst financial crisis of our lifetimes was more important than party affiliation. I stood with our nation's leader because it was right for my state.
President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes. That's what makes him the right leader for our times, and that's why I'm proud to stand with him today.
I’d say Gov. Crist’s endorsement adds one more vote in Florida. And that’s it.
~ Virginia’s Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, known as Governor Ultrasound
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.
~ Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry, via ABC News
Charlie Crist, bless his heart, he is just so desperate to be in the parade, he will wear anybody’s costume.
~ Former Rep. Adam Putnam, now the Florida Agriculture Commissioner on Fox News, quoted by Daily Caller
He's like a muppet -- except muppets are lovable, not bizarre and creepy.
~ comment by Yale Dikes on Daily Caller
Just another political ho with a spray on tan and no agenda other than himself....
~ comment by Fl Stingray on Daily Caller
Charlie Crist is the PERFECT example of what I call a "political chameleon". He'll change his colors faster than a cuttlefish to do whatever he thinks is necessary to please whatever audience is right in front of him at the moment! I'm VERY thankful that Marco Rubio defeated him in his Senate bid both in the primaries and in the General Election, because his victory in getting the Senate seat permanently ended Crist's chances of getting elected even as a local dogcatcher anywhere here in FL!!
~ comment by A_Proud_Infidel on Daily Caller
I guess that will help Obama lock up the lying weasel vote.
~ comment by Tom on the Palm Beach Post
Charlie Crist Is Lovin' Him Some President Obama
~ Headline on Sunshine State News
Well the true Charlie Crist has come out....now he;'s come out of the closet supporting Obama, What will come out of his closet next? What a gadfly. Sour grapes and poor loser,. He was a big Republican then indepependent (when it became apparent he was going to gte his clock cleaned by Marco Rubio in the GOP primary...and he did nyway as an Independent). Hes not an independent, a democart or republican. hes just a Chrlie Crist party guy
~ comment by Dave on the Washington Examiner
Charlie Crist endorses BO. That SOB.— Pamela Williamson (@PamJWilliamson) August 27, 2012
Charlie Crist is a good representation of Obama's platform: Lies, failed leadership, and political opportunism. Excellent choice!— Wes (@FTWes) August 27, 2012
Charlie Crist hasn't been relevant in GOP politics for quite some time now. His endorsement of Obama means nothing and carries no weight— Demetrius Minor (@dminor85) August 26, 2012
Actually, after careful consideration, I do not regret voting for John McCain. But I sure as heck regret having voted for Charlie Crist.— vbspurs (@vbspurs) August 27, 2012