Former FL Republican Governor Comes Out in Support of Barack Obama

Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist came out in support of Barack Obama today.
Just two years ago Crist told reporters Obama would lose reelection by Carter-like margins.

Maybe he changed his mind.

Crist wrote this nonsensical fluff piece for the Tampa Bay Times this morning days before the start of the GOP convention. Crist was thumped by conservative Marco Rubio in the Republican primary for US Senate in 2010.
TampaBay.com reported:

I’ve studied, admired and gotten to know a lot of leaders in my life. Across Florida, in Washington and around the country, I’ve watched the failure of those who favor extreme rhetoric over sensible compromise, and I’ve seen how those who never lose sight of solutions sow the greatest successes.

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.

We often remind ourselves to learn the lessons of the past, lest we risk repeating its mistakes. Yet nearly as often, our short-term memory fails us. Many have already forgotten how deep and daunting our shared crisis was in the winter of 2009, as President Obama was inaugurated. It was no ordinary challenge, and the president served as the nation’s calm through a historically turbulent storm.

The president’s response was swift, smart and farsighted. He kept his compass pointed due north and relentlessly focused on saving jobs, creating more and helping the many who felt trapped beneath the house of cards that had collapsed upon them.

He knew we had to get people back to work as quickly as possible — but he also knew that the value of a recovery lies in its durability. Short-term healing had to be paired with an economy that would stay healthy over the long run. And he knew that happens best by investing in the right places.

President Obama invested in our children’s schools because he believes a good education is a necessity, not a luxury, if we’re going to create an economy built to last. He supported more than 400,000 K-12 teachers’ jobs, and he is making college more affordable and making student loans, like the ones he took out, easier to pay back.

He invested in our runways, railways and roads. President Obama knows a reliable infrastructure that helps move people to work and helps businesses move goods to market is a foundation of growth…

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  • SoLongSong

    OUTRAGEOUS.

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  • dwillmore

    He did this because of what unelectable Akin said.

  • Warthog

    So, Annoying Orange is back is he?

    This is the “prominant Republican” that DW Shultz has been braying about? Hah! This changes nothing.

  • Shelby

    As someone who worked to help Charlie become Florida governer the first time I cannot even express my disappointment in this man. He is from my home town, St Petersburg. He is without a doubt the biggest snake in the grass I have ever known. No one besides the democrats even listen to him. Following his loss in the Florida Senate race he went to work for one of the major sleezy ambulance chasing firms here. His endorsing Obama is not big suprise and he has reached a point where his opinion is irrelevant to Floridians. Go back under your rock Charlie. No one really cares what you think.

  • Brent

    I am trying to figure out what planet this guy has been on since Obama took office. There is no way he is talking about the Obama from Earth!

  • jmm

    Crist who?

  • southernsue

    not surprised!

  • Hank

    The only operative word in this whole article about Crist is….former. Baw ha ha!!

  • Levans

    We’re really in trouble if Crist’s endorsement signals a shift of all orange people to Obama!

  • well at least he didn’t say “legitimate” anywheres, right?

  • Bitter Clinger

    We can thank Christ for McLame’s nomination. Just a reminder that this is no faux pas.

  • Bitter Clinger

    Sorry. I meant “Crist” not CHRIST!!!

  • Darwin Akbar

    As No. 6 said, Champagne Charlie is now employed by the most reviled personal injury firm in Central Florida, so it is no wonder that he’s gone Full Quisling. The idea that anyone cares what he says is laughable, and speaks more about his malignant narcissism than anything else.

  • NeoKong

    Screw you Crist.
    We have seen your true color.
    Orange.

  • Spider

    Well since dems won’t go to the DNC convention, maybe squish RINO’s will.

  • Evil Otto

    I for one am shocked, shocked that Governor Oompa-Loompa came out in support of Obama. Charlie was always a political opportunist of the first order, and now he’s not even pretending to be otherwise.

  • Fred Beloit

    Why did they think we threw this mutt out of office?

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  • Thank you, former governor Crist, for energizing the Republican vote.

  • dba…vagabond trader

    lol, gee didn’t see that coming. How about ALL the rinos switcheroo so we can rebuild the GOP as a truly conservative party.

  • Robodog7

    One day Charlie Crist was swimming in the surf near Miami beach when a shark came in and grabbed hold of his leg. The shark immediately let go, spitting and sputtering, saying YUCK, liberal politician & lawyer!!! Now i’ll have to eat Manatee droppings for a week just to get the taste out of my mouth.

  • Joe Blow

    Sore loser! Crist and Huntsman are turn coats and doing everything they can to bring down the people they feel slighted them because they didn’t win their elections.

  • Mama Grizzly

    Crust is like Obama, Rahm–a homosexual who “marries” to get the vote, even having children–basically a fake out for the public. In their minds I’m sure they think they’re very clever.

  • Spider

    What’s with the extreme butt hurt these pols get when the electorate moves on?

  • Espresso Logic – The 6th Sense

    I knew Charlie and Rahm were Poofs, but Obama?

  • Mama Grizzly

    What could he possibly have against Gov. Romney? Romney is very Alpha and 100% hetero and has always seen through Crust.

    The other thing is that Crust got paid ALOT of money for that speech.

    Obama will keep trying to portray the GOP as divided or stupid: so far Crust and Akin fit that bill.

    But there are many more plants who will come out of the woodwork this election.

  • Mama Grizzly

    I should also point out that these type of men hope for a chance with Obama. Disgusting, I know, but that’s how it is…

  • journeyman

    What a tool!

  • AlecJ

    Wait, i thought he was an Independent anyway? Didnt he leave the GOP to run third party against Rubio?

    This guy is a dirt bag and a self serving gutter swine, he only wants attention and this gets him 5 minutes of TV coverage.

    I can smell the desperation from here. Used up politicians are worse than burning hair….

  • Spider

    There is no Romney voter who will switch to Obama, none.

    It is a question of how big the Republican turnout will be, which I think will be astronomical, and how many Obama voters switch to Romney.

    The media is talking about the ‘undecideds’. They are Obama voters who just haven’t admitted their mistake yet, but will do the right thing on Nov 6th.

  • Militant conservative

    Another caffer lover.

  • Gov Charlie Crist, who?

    Oh yeah that democrat who pretended to be a republican.

    I wonder how much the DNC paid him.

    Likely Obama wrote that speech for him in 2011 long before the 2012 landscape of today was firmed up with Obama looking like a chipmunk in the path of a stampeding herd of elephants with nothing else to do but flip the bird at the oncoming traffic.

  • Maria

    As a Florida resident, all I can say about Charlie Christ is that he is a sore loser. Since he lost, he has become an ambulance chaser an ambulance chaser for Morgan and Morgan.

  • Ragspierre

    “He invested in our runways, railways and roads.”

    Funny, though. Obama’s Gulf War (Gulf of Mexico) has put thousands out of work, and prevented development of the thing those runways, railways, and roads all were built to use…oil-based fuels.

    Mass transit (i.e., bullet trains) are DESIGNED to herd us into TSA control, and the goal is to strip us of our autonomy by stripping us of our cars.

    Crist is an idiot. A dangerous idiot.

  • oldguy

    Charley is nothing more than a southern Arlen Specter. If he still held public office he would have switched parties.

  • SKay

    How much was he paid? It’t the Chicago way — and we see it every day in the office of this President and his backers. Sad that the integrity(if they ever had any) of so many can be bought for a “few pieces of silver” by those trying to bring down this country.

    “As No. 6 said, Champagne Charlie is now employed by the most reviled personal injury firm in Central Florida, so it is no wonder that he’s gone Full Quisling.”
    That explains it.
    I seem to remember also that he become an Independent as #31 pointed out.

    Nice to know he shares Obama’s “vision” of socialism and distruction of the Constitution( as written) for this country. No wonder the people who knew Crist best put Rubio in office instead.

  • Objective Analysis

    His gay, just like Barry Soetoro aka Barrack Obama and use his marriage as a facade b/c what he really wants is to take Obama to the woodshed to horse around. (wink – Sandusky)

  • JustSaying

    This guy is last years news…..it is one thing to loose….it is another thing to be a sore looser, Crist shows his true colors just by putting this article out for all to see…he must still be full of hate and jealousy to stoop to this level….Charlie should remember….Obama will never give him the time of day…he uses people and then throws them away..as of now, Crist has served his purpose…gonna be a lonely world for him…

  • bill

    The “Consummate Whore.”
    And who does he work for; as mentioned above, the giant DemoRAT special interest group, slip and fall shyster Morgan & Morgan.
    This corrupt character is shameless.

  • Maudie N Mandeville

    “Just two years ago Crist told reporters Obama would lose reelection by Carter-like margins.”

    But then he’s watched the hand of Obama guide the economy to what is now and forever called the ‘Miracle Recovery’.

    OK, Crist is just a phony. Next up, John McCain.

  • Hy Feiber

    Jesus Crist, Charlie’s such a Putz! Mein Got!

  • bobdog

    Bitterness is so unattractive in a woman. It’s even worse in a man.

    You got beat, Charlie. Get the hell over it.

  • RINO Charlie Crist is the epitome of the spineless political class.

    He will say anything, change his colors and do anything to keep himself in office. He has no principles. Two years ago he was annointed by the Florida Republican establishment to run for an open US senate seat. Only problem was an upstart Cuban American who captured the hearts of the Tea Party movement. When it was obvious Marco Rubio would defeat him in the primary, Crist withdrew and approched the Democrats to put him on their ticket. Democrats knew a loser when they saw one and told him no. Even knowing he couldnt’t win in the general election, he ran as an independent hoping to keep Rubio from winning. He failed at that, coming in third in a three way race.

    Crist is through in politics. Republicans won’t have him. Democrats don’t trust him. Maybe if the Vegetarian Party resurrects itself, he would fit there. He should go out and look for a real job (not one as a shill for a Morgan and Morgan, a big slip and fall law firm in FL).

    He has no friends left.

  • donh

    Jesus Jim…you want to fault Christ for endorsing Obama when YOU have been working so damn hard to re-elect Clair McCasKILL ….Take a good long look in the mirror !

  • CT

    Crist has managed to remove any doubt that he is a complete ASSHAT!

  • ar05075

    Crist has always been a putz.

  • Highlander

    Clean up on #33 …. have you mobys no shame?

  • Kate

    Crist is slime. You can feel it just looking at him. A snake that has revealed himself.

  • Rightdawg

    Crist = Akin.

    Only reaffirms Florida’s election of Rubio.

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  • Redwine

    “Runways, railroads and roads” are code words for Agenda 21, which will be Comrade Barry’s signature legislation if he’s not stopped from stealing a second term. Seems old Charlie here is an advocate for that nefarious, radical Left UN policy.

  • Robert

    “He invested in our runways, railways and roads.”

    That is a lie. And the “investment” (new government term used by President Crap-Sandwich for wasting taxpayers’ money) in education is similarly wasted, as it is misdirected to union teachers’ salaries.

    So sad that, as Neil Armstrong passes into history, this generation argues over the “right” to “free” health care, and the so-called “leader” belittles traditional Americans at every turn.

  • Eden12345

    The voters were right in rejecting Crist and Huntsman. Proof the voters are paying more attention. A case of sour (grapes) oranges with Crist, its evident. I don’t care about whether a person is gay or not, but loyalty means everything to me. That photo of him and Zero embracing is nauseating.

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  • nathan

    Hmmmmmm. Wasn’t Charlie Crist once referred to as “Chain Gang Charlie?” I wonder what slow Joe thinks of this?

  • DomesticGoddess

    This guy oozes slime. I saw him in person when he was a “Republican” and he was so oily he could have slipped off the stage.

  • Patty

    Two Faces of Crist

    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.
    [..]

    My, my, that’s certainly a glowing endorsement, and Crist is well within his rights to choose for himself and speak up. But there are some other folks who have expressed less confidence in Obama and his future fit for the nation.[..]

    Who would say such a thing? Why, none other than Charlie Crist. (Crist predicts Carter-esque loss for Obama) Oh what a difference a couple of years makes. What could account for such a change of heart? I suppose it must be how spectacularly well things are going in the country, proving Crist’s original misgivings over the President’s policies false. (Excuse me… I have to wipe the coffee off my monitor.)

    Or could it be instead that a bitter, sore loser from some brutal in-party fighting has a political ax to grind? And he’s now going to try to stick it to his old party in a fit of pique?

    Naw… couldn’t be. I’m probably just being overly cynical as usual. Your Sunday bonus video: Crist discusses his deep Republican roots and his pride in being part of the party of Reagan.

    Video.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/08/26/the-two-faces-of-charlie-crist/

  • Patty

    Crist discusses his deep Republican roots and his pride in being part of the party of Reagan.

    that line makes me throw up. Reagan was a gentleman, so, I will speak for him.

    Go Away, Crist, we don’t need a turncoat or a squealing pick in our party.

  • He,s been dating Ellis Hennican and cheating with Bwaney Fwank what would you expect…

  • Patty

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    “Our children used to have big dreams,” the video begins, as children in a circa 1960s settings talk about their plans for success in private enterprise. ”What are you children learning today?”

    “I’m going to Capitol Hill to work on a committee to put whatever my friends want into legislation,” one young girl says. “When I grow up, I want to be a crony!” (RELATED: Obama donor’s SEC fines ten times more than Obama contributions)

    What is a crony, exactly? The kids explain it.

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  • Patty

    WILL THE REAL CHARLIE CRIST, PLEASE STAND UP!

    To date Charlie Crist has announced his candidacy as a Republican , an Independent and now we learn he’s actually interested in Democratic support. Will the real Charlie Crist please stand up!!!

    Or better yet, will the real Charlie Crist fold his tent and drop out because Charlie Crist has exposed himself as the self serving career politician he is and Floridians have had enough of his ilk. How voters of any political persuasion could TRUST Charlie Crist after witnessing his political flip flopping to further his personal agenda is beyond me.

    This is a classic example of how important it is to research the candidates and understand what they are representing. Can anyone clarify for the rest of us what exactly Charlie Crist represents? He was pro life before he vetoed the recent bill on abortion controls, he was for offshore drilling before Obama enacted a moratorium, he was opposed to BIG GOVERNMENT before Obamacare came along.

    Please ladies and gentlemen, don’t be duped by Charlie. There are 3 other candidates available for consideration, do the due and deny Charlie Crist his self serving agenda. Charlie Crist lacks integrity and will say anything to garner support and votes from any party. he is exactly what America DOESN’T want or need. Help remove Charlie from the political landscape.

    http://www.united4freedom.net/charlie-crist-real-charlie-please-stand-up-t15835.html?s=16676a97b3f35ca4f30fbaebcedc2107&

    Still appropriate now, Appropriate then.

  • Patty

    2010

    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, the former Republican who is running for Senate as an independent, is receiving support from national Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson.

    She organized a conference call last week to aid Crist, Roll Call reports. Jacobson was finance charwoman at the Democratic National Committee during the Clinton administration and is married to Democratic political strategist Mark Penn, who is close to the Clintons.

    In an Email sent to Democratic donors and lobbyists and obtained by Roll Call, Jacobson wrote, “I can assure you that this call will provide you with an opportunity to know the Governor of Florida better, and I am certain you will end up realizing that he is one of the most promising national leaders of our generation.”

    Without a party to back him or money of his own, Crist is hoping to hit up fat cat Democrats for cash.

    {……..}

    http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Dem-Fundraiser-Jacobson-Crist/2010/06/25/id/363085

    There is sleaze and then there is Crist.

  • The president’s response was swift, smart and farsighted. He kept his compass pointed due north and relentlessly focused on saving jobs, creating more and helping the many who felt trapped beneath the house of cards that had collapsed upon them.

    When someone tells a lie this blatant, you know they are delusional. I mean Crist has to know that EVERY American knows the above statement is patently false and anyone with a brain would know what a terrible lie he’s telling.

  • CAT

    Typical — he’s a Methodist.

  • HBY

    Charlie Crist, Colin Powell and Arlen Specter — three double agents we should be happy have outed themselves. They’re out of office and will never hold a position again.

  • exceller

    this guy Crist is the very epitome of a Rino.
    as phony as the day is long.
    Jon Huntsman’s endoreement of Obama can’t be far behind.

  • kato

    Oh god oh man, how many people in the Clueless Party were taken in by this guy? He was on a shortlist of VP candidates last election.

    And how about that former governor of South Carolina? People were clamoring that he throw his hat into the ring and run for president.

    But, we’ve seen eruptions of clueless mania even more recently. How many commenters at this website advocated a President Cain or a President Trump?

  • Peregrine Took, Hobbit S.O.B.

    Thank you, Marco.

  • Jting50

    Sour grapes! What a cheap whore, he offered himself to the libs. Somehow no party is embracing him.

  • FU#K OBAMA

    How many other RINO’s agree with Charlie Christ but will not publically speak, let see:

    McCain, Graham, Snowe, Collins, Joanne Emerson, bob corker, Lamar Alexander, Kit Bond, Roy Blunt just to name a few…

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  • Frank Bolack

    Insignificant and all but forgotten I suppose he had to do something of shock value just to gain some attention.

  • Moonbat_One

    I live in Alaska. Some of the best money I ever spent was sending it to Rubio to beat this a-hole.

  • Ripped

    Charlie Crist, still a counterfeit conservative.

  • typical RNC republican.

  • lonestar

    Since he’s come out in support of barry, when is he gonna just come out?

  • allahallahoxenfree

    You could have left off the part that said “in support of Obama.”

  • jpmn

    The primary between Rubio and Crist was one the Tea Party got right. We also got Rand Paul last time and this time out it looks like we are replacing Lugar.

    There will be mistakes, Dems will pounce on them but, if we keep up the debate on smaller Government and less spending we will slowly win.

  • Tim in Cali

    Hey Charlie you’re about a quart low on orange aid

  • BarbaraS

    So what else is new? I thought he supported obama from the very begining.

  • BarbaraS

    Crist is toast in the republican party. What else can he do to survive politically but join the dims?

  • Mad Hatter

    For those of you that are angry about this, I have to ask you, what rock have you been living under?

    Christ was a Donkey in disguise from day one. Just like Bloomberg, he only used the Republican brand name to get elected. When he got creamed by Rubio in the Republican Primary, he ran as an Independent in an attempt to sabotage Rubio.

    Christ is just coming out of the closet and showing the Democrat he’s always been.

    What’s the big surprise?

  • Mad Hatter

    Excuse me, Crist*** not Christ*** typo.

  • jrterrier5

    just proves the wisdom of Floridians in voting him out of office.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    He invested in our runways, railways and roads. President Obama knows a reliable infrastructure that helps move people to work and helps businesses move goods to market is a foundation of growth…

    Left unmentioned is the cost – debt spiraling ever upward, trillion dollar deficits year after year, an economy in the doldrums, and unemployment (official numbers, at least) stubbornly in the 8-9% range, with no signs of substantial improvement anytime soon.

    That “investment” was the wrong thing to do at the wrong time, and only an idiot would even try to defend it.

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  • Disappoitment Fatigue

    This one’s R is for Reject.

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  • Campfollower

    Always had a suspicion about this spray tanned skinny boy. McCain’s friend, right?

  • anyone want to bet that if crist had won that election againist rubio he would be condemnning obama right now. this is pure spite.

  • TammyChicago

    Adam Putnam, Florida Ag Commissioner, said “Bless his heart, he’ll put on anybody’s costume just to be in the parade.” I think there are a few parades this guy should be marching in.

  • Carl

    This d-bag was never a Republican. That whole statement reads like someone who’s dropped his mask and told us who we really was. I guess now he’ll be spraying his kneepads orange just like his face.

  • Kathteach

    #6 -Shelby – You said it all. What a snake in the grass.

    Florida seems to breed these kind of creatures…….what a messed up state!

    And isn’t there some fun in seeing this wolf in sheep’s clothing being exposed? YES.

    Remember the mistakes we made in 2008 folks.

    This should be like – I don’t know….a bumper sticker.

  • dallasdan

    Crist has a lengthy reputation for kissing any ass that may be of use to him. Now, on the grandest stage, he plants his nose so far up BO’s rectum that only a surgical procedure will save him.

  • Limousine Barry

    Let me be clear Charlie Cyst is a bump on my rump… er… I can’t see the Teleprompter. Please adjust it. Thank you.

    Um, Charlie Cyst is squish. He is Silly Putty in my hands! He is a real carpet bagger!

    It was easy to flip him! I just had Barney Frank slip him some grease… money and he flipped.

    As soon as the election is over Charlie Cyst is going under the bus. I despise a traitor! Good day.

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  • Maxwell

    (alleged Memo found in trash can during Charlies rewrites)

    “Here’s why I’m backing Barack Obama”

    Because the Republicans ultimately chose Marco Rubio over me in the primaries, regardless how hard my good friend Jim Greer and I tried to steer the Florida Republican party decisions my way, it didn’t work. That forced me to seek support other ways, I became an Independent but didn’t get as much support as I had thought I would, so I traveled to Martha’s Vineyard to a secret meeting with President Obama and pledged my support to Democrats if they’d help me, I even publicly stated if elected I would caucus with Democrats, the tide turned in my favor and my friends in the media suggested I could help Democrats defeat Rubio and Meek had no chance (thanks Tampa Bay Times) When the Florida Democratic Party objected to the DNC supporting me over Kendrick Meek my deal got squashed and Bill Clinton was sent to Florida to campaign for Kendrick Meek and soothe the backlash the deal had caused, the dream was over. I soon found out that a third party candidate can not win an election in Florida, and I have no one but Democrats to turn to at this point. Now my deal with Obama is ‘on’ once again, and he’s willing to forgive all the horrible things I’ve said about him over the past couple of years, like how Sarah Palin was more qualified for President then Obama, how Obama was just another Jimmy Carter, ah.. I won’t go on for fear Obama didn’t hear all the trash I was talking.