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Sun Aug 26, 2012, 12:20 AM Aug 2012

Fmr. FL GOP Governor Charlie Crist Endorses President Obama On Eve of RNC Convention [View all]

Former Gov. Charlie Crist: Here's why I'm backing Barack Obama

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.

The Rest: http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/obama-is-right-leader-for-our-times/1247631
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Wow jberryhill Aug 2012 #1
R#5 & K for, well well well... n/t UTUSN Aug 2012 #2
Oh my! nt cecilfirefox Aug 2012 #3
Nice sucker punch to the GOP. AtomicKitten Aug 2012 #4
Way to go, Governor! Firebrand Gary Aug 2012 #5
I always thought he was a very good governor. juajen Aug 2012 #6
Bwahahahahaha MotherPetrie Aug 2012 #7
BWHAHAHAHA!!! Segami Aug 2012 #8
I knew it bluestateguy Aug 2012 #9
No big deal. elleng Aug 2012 #13
Why take away from this awesomely ballsy statement by an ex-GOP? 99th_Monkey Aug 2012 #21
Well Crist really isnt as popular anymore davidn3600 Aug 2012 #25
Well, at least it sounds like you got some reasons 99th_Monkey Aug 2012 #27
Not true. Crist's popularity is high. Polling shows he would beat Rick Scott. flpoljunkie Aug 2012 #29
but... anybody could beat Rick Scott at this point CabCurious Aug 2012 #35
Welcome to DU. Baitball Blogger Aug 2012 #50
No reason AT ALL, elleng Aug 2012 #44
cool ~nt 99th_Monkey Aug 2012 #48
LOVE IT! Drunken Irishman Aug 2012 #10
He better watch his back. beveeheart Aug 2012 #11
Stunning... and he explains the $ 716 B Medicare savings in clear terms... nenagh Aug 2012 #12
A brilliantly worded solid endorsement backed up by FACTS!.. Cha Aug 2012 #14
I hope he makes commercials for Obama, especially for Florida. RBInMaine Aug 2012 #15
Guess who's not invited to the convention. JohnnyRingo Aug 2012 #16
That's great news davidpdx Aug 2012 #17
anyone know if it will do any good? We gonna win FL again? n/t Hamlette Aug 2012 #18
I've gotta applaud a man who stands up and says what's right in the face of condemnation by fools NBachers Aug 2012 #19
Is Crist popular in Florida? WI_DEM Aug 2012 #20
So is this the mystery Republican we were told would speak at the DNC in Charlotte? Adenoid_Hynkel Aug 2012 #22
Soon followed by this announcement: GOP convention cancelled, GOP tells voters to vote for Obama! freshwest Aug 2012 #23
Well, paybacks ARE a b***h Taverner Aug 2012 #24
This trend will continue as the GOP will continue to alienate & attack moderates CabCurious Aug 2012 #34
He's the Right's Joe Lieberman budkin Aug 2012 #26
Let us not forget DonCoquixote Aug 2012 #28
Charlie Crist is a smart man.. Mtndreamer Aug 2012 #30
K&B nt avebury Aug 2012 #31
Jeb Bush is crawling under a rock right now! CabCurious Aug 2012 #32
Crist would have made a fine Senator who would have caucused with the Dems. DCBob Aug 2012 #33
Hurricane Crist hits Mitt in Tampa Ian62 Aug 2012 #36
Its an encouraging trend Philosoraptor Aug 2012 #37
I guess there are a few good republicans B Calm Aug 2012 #38
ROFL malaise Aug 2012 #39
That gave me chills!!!! babsbunny Aug 2012 #40
There were rumors of (R)s speaking at our convention. I wonder.... Motown_Johnny Aug 2012 #41
Crist is simply another moderate finding no place left in the Repub Party. Jennicut Aug 2012 #42
Holy shit! ellie_belly Aug 2012 #43
Excellent!! ailsagirl Aug 2012 #45
Good for Gov. Crist... LovingA2andMI Aug 2012 #46
Charlie is a decent guy amuse bouche Aug 2012 #47
K&R!! rury Aug 2012 #49
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