Charlie Crist Says Race Was Big Reason He Left GOP

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via Fusion
Echoing sentiments he made a couple of months ago, Florida gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist says race was a big reason he chose to bolt the Republican Party.

Crist sat down with Fusion TV on Tuesday and said the GOP's hostile treatment of President Obama was a big reason he decided to switch parties.

Crist made similar comments in February, when he appeared on the Colbert Report.

See also: Charlie Crist Formally Endorses Obama, Blasts GOP

Crist told Fusion's Jorge Ramos that the GOP is generally seen as "anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, and anti-gay."

"I couldn't be consistent with myself and my core beliefs and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president," Crist said. "I was a Republican, and I saw the activists and what they were doing; it was intolerable to me."

In February, Crist told Stephen Colbert that he was disturbed by the way Republicans treated Obama because the president is African-American.

"I've seen a level of vitriol directed at this president that I have never seen directed at, you know, President Kennedy or maybe President Johnson or even President Carter," Crist told Colbert.

The Republican response over his Fusion comments were similar to the response over his Colbert comments.

In an email response to Fusion, Republican National Committee spokeswoman Izzy Santa accused Crist of race-baiting.

"Being a flip-flopper is bad enough," the email statement says. "But playing the race card to win over voters is pitiful."

"Poor old Charlie Crist" Republican committeeman from Oakland Park Buddy Helland said about the Colbert interview in February. "It seems as if he's using every deceptive, deceitful kind of thing. I think that's high school stuff when people do the color thing. It's not just silly but I think it's disgusting for him to make a comment like that."

Crist did have nice things to say about former Florida Gov. and current Republican Guy Who Might Run for President Jeb Bush. Crist mainly praised Jeb's moderate approach, while subtly pointing out the GOP's seeming rejection of him over it.

"He would be a good president," Crist said of Jeb. "He understands what's happening in the party. He said himself not long ago, my father probably couldn't win a Republican primary today.' And then he took it one step further and said, 'Not even Ronald Reagan could win a Republican primary today with this Republican Party.'"

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frankd4 topcommenter

................this is why we are the laughingstock of american politics

we still would be counting votes in the 2012 presidential election if romney didn't concede the election to obama (thereby making florida irrelevant)

we were the ONLY state in the nation NOT to report a certified count

frankd4 topcommenter

......................this is the PERFECT race for MY IDEA to work

when voters get a no-choice candidates against each other BOTH candidates should be eliminated from the race and TWO NEW people have to be presented by their party

WHY do we have to decide between candidates we DON'T WANT ? ! ?


You know, I was going to vote for Flip Flop Charlie... After pulling the race card, I might not now... I cannot stand Scott.  I voted for him last time and he has been a total disaster.... I simply might vote for Tim Tebow as a write in.

KennyPowersII topcommenter

Accusing Crist of pulling the race card rather than refuting his claims is not a denial of the validity of Charlie's accusations. I fully expect, down the line, for Ricky's folks to bring up Charlie's gender preference rumor. So if that happens would that be pulling the gay card?


Anybody but Scott.   Really, pretty much any human being on earth.  The guy is a criminal who ripped off the tax payers and should be in prison.   How can anyone defend him?!


So Chain-Gang Charlie, who first gained notoriety by putting black inmates dressed in pajama-looking prison outfits on roadside chain gangs, thinks the GOP was mean to Obama because he's black.  A competent interviewer might have asked him to name one policy where the GOP changed course just to oppose Obama.

smdrpepper topcommenter

I for one will not miss Voldamort when he is gone.  Here is an idea, how about getting someone into office that actually worries more about the people instead of lining his own pockets, something Scott is known to do.

Ben Pogue
Ben Pogue

....nor do the others.......

Ben Pogue
Ben Pogue African American president? didn't\ the man have a mother somewhere in the process??

Mary Doyle
Mary Doyle

Maybe you should be talking about how racist he is. Remember his mamma was a white woman, never mentions her does he.

Mary Doyle
Mary Doyle

C'mon Charlie, couldn't think of another excuse? What a schmuck! Tell the truth, your party doesn't want you.



Shows how much you know. The bill that earned Charlie that nickname never passed.  What you described never happened.

winsomelosesome topcommenter


As opposed to the two party one headed system?

Hmmm.  Bet you think we didn't REALLY land on the moon.  Right?

winsomelosesome topcommenter


Stay with the Opportunist.  He suits you.

riverrat69 topcommenter

@winsomelosesome Scott's scared shitless of him. He doesn't even have the nomination yet and you teabagger nuts don't know what to do about it.

winsomelosesome topcommenter


LOL.  Good one.

Guess I'll take the medicare cheat over the flip flopper who choses to play the race card.

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