Former Republican FL Governor Charlie Crist Endorses President Obama

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    Aug 26, 2012 4:38 AM GMT
    http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/article1247631.ece

    WOW, very impressive.
    I hope this fine man runs for office again.
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    Aug 26, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    Operative word: Former.
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    Aug 26, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    I was just talking with TropicalMark tonight on the phone, and told him something that Charlie said in early days of campaigning in FL...he basically said (without directly saying) that he's gay and supports gay rights.

    This revelation is no surprise to me. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 26, 2012 5:05 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidOperative word: Former.
    It's ok if you don't suport gay rights. You can vote for Romney and nobody will give a shit. Then when all your rights have mysteriously vanished, you can complain elsewhere. No liberals will give a fuck about your complaints. icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 26, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
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    q1w2e3 saidOperative word: Former.
    It's ok if you don't suport gay rights. You can vote for Romney and nobody will give a shit. Then when all your rights have mysteriously vanished, you can complain elsewhere. No liberals will give a fuck about your complaints. icon_twisted.gif


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    Aug 26, 2012 7:17 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidOperative word: Former.




    LOL
    Yup, I've already seen Repubs spewing venom about Crist.
    He's most definitely no longer welcome in the Repub party.

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    Aug 26, 2012 8:10 AM GMT
    RickRick91 said
    He's most definitely no longer welcome in the Repub party.


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    Aug 26, 2012 9:34 AM GMT
    "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.

    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 Republican rump on RJ would do well to take a leaf out of his book.
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    Aug 26, 2012 10:59 AM GMT
    That was well written. I sure miss coherrent, intelligent, moderate republicans. There was Huntsman in the primaries but he was shouted out and ignored. It doesn't matter whether I would vote for them over a democrat or not I just miss seeing the art of compromise in politics.
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    Aug 26, 2012 11:55 AM GMT
    Good piece, well written.

    Refreshing to see the art of compromise celebrated (instead of denigrated) in the U.S. for a change.
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    Aug 26, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    The reason that the art of compromise hasn't been put into practice in recent years is because the Repub party has moved so far to the right and is so inflexible that they're unwilling to compromise at all.

    Until the Repub party stops embracing extremism and starts moving back to the center - it's going to be very difficult to get anything done.
    In the meantime our best option is to boot out as many Repubs as possible this November in order to minimize the Repub party's ability to block progress.

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    Aug 26, 2012 7:14 PM GMT
    RickRick91 saidThe reason that the art of compromise hasn't been put into practice in recent years is because the Repub party has moved so far to the right and is so inflexible that they're unwilling to compromise at all.

    Until the Repub party stops embracing extremism and starts moving back to the center - it's going to be very difficult to get anything done.
    In the meantime our best option is to boot out as many Repubs as possible this November in order to minimize the Repub party's ability to block progress.



    This is exactly right.

    The GOP has no interest in actually trying to solve our nation's problems, it's all about enacting their extreme agenda: more massive tax cuts for the super-rich and giveaways for big business. The gay-bashing is thrown in as a gift for the rednecks.

    The reasonable and pragmatic Republicans of a couple of decades ago wouldn't recognizes their party now. Even Ronald Reagan couldn't get the GOP nomination, because he repeatedly raised taxes as governor in California.

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    Aug 26, 2012 7:43 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]KissTheSky said...The reasonable and pragmatic Republicans of a couple of decades ago wouldn't recognizes their party now. Even Ronald Reagan couldn't get the GOP nomination, because he repeatedly raised taxes as governor in California.

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    Sad but True.



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    Aug 26, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    RickRick91 saidhttp://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/article1247631.ece

    WOW, very impressive.
    I hope this fine man runs for office again.


    More than likely you will......The word here is Crist will formally switch parties after the November elections and register as a Democrat. Look for Charlie to announce his intentions of running again for Governor in 2014 and he is likely to join a very crowded field as Democrats, Republicans and Independents are so disgusted with Rick Scott.

    Yesterday (8/25), Scott went on TV to remind Floridians to be aware of the impacts of Tropical Storm Isaac (every Governor and many local officials do this--it's not uncommon). Scott looked out of place. Scared. Overwhelmed and most of all, unconvincing. He is in over his head with all of this and does not have the first clue to govern our state. Many Floridians, including myself, believe he will not run for re-election as he doesn't have a prayer winning his own primary! With his dismal approval ratings (since the beginning of his term) and depending on who the conservative/tea party rolls out there, Scott has a great chance of finishing FOURTH or FIFTH in his own primary.

    Personally, I welcome Charlie Crist as a future Democrat and wish him well if he were to run again for Governor. Well, not 100 percent wishing him well...I'm hoping Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer throws his hat into the ring as he has made some great changes in our city since being first elected (and just won re-election to a third term).
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    Aug 26, 2012 8:16 PM GMT
    I think Christ's endorsement of Obama will have even more resonance because Republican governor Scott is so hated by Floridians and has been such a failure.
    The last approval rating I saw he's hovering around 31%.

    If Christ DOES run again, I think it would be great for him to come out as gay -- maybe announce it months before the campaign begins so voters get used to the idea.
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    Aug 26, 2012 8:29 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidI think Christ's endorsement of Obama will have even more resonance because Republican governor Scott is so hated by Floridians and has been such a failure.
    The last approval rating I saw he's hovering around 31%.

    If Christ DOES run again, I think it would be great for him to come out as gay -- maybe announce it months before the campaign begins so voters get used to the idea.


    Don't hold your breath....rumors pop up once in a while about Charlie being gay, but nothing has ever come from those. It waxes and wanes. The very most we can possibly hope for is that he's bi-curious.

    From what you saw, those poll numbers for Rick Scott represent an all-time high for him. He has been as low as 19 percent at one point and is generally in the 20-25 percent favorable range.
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    Aug 26, 2012 9:53 PM GMT
    If Romney is "extreme right," to Crist, he must be pretty far left, because there's NO WAY in Hell Romney is "extreme" right. Hell, he's not even "slightly" right.
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    Aug 26, 2012 9:58 PM GMT
    libertpaulian saidIf Romney is "extreme right," to Crist, he must be pretty far left, because there's NO WAY in Hell Romney is "extreme" right. Hell, he's not even "slightly" right.
    Huh? icon_rolleyes.gif Thats NOT what comes out of his mouth!
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    Aug 26, 2012 10:02 PM GMT
    i find this more telling, and potentially harmful, to Mr. Romney's campaign:

    Mr. Paul, in an interview, said convention planners had offered him an opportunity to speak under two conditions: that he deliver remarks vetted by the Romney campaign, and that he give a full-fledged endorsement of Mr. Romney. He declined.

    "It wouldn't be my speech," Mr. Paul said. "That would undo everything I've done in the last 30 years. I don't fully endorse him for president." [emphasis added]


    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/ron-paul-romney-don-t-fully-endorse-him-132604061.html
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    Aug 26, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
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    libertpaulian saidIf Romney is "extreme right," to Crist, he must be pretty far left, because there's NO WAY in Hell Romney is "extreme" right. Hell, he's not even "slightly" right.
    Huh? icon_rolleyes.gif Thats NOT what comes out of his mouth!

    I know he said "an element" of the GOP, but considering Romney is running under the GOP banner, many will associate Romney with said banner.
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    Aug 26, 2012 10:06 PM GMT
    tailgater_3 saidi find this more telling, and potentially harmful, to Mr. Romney's campaign:

    Mr. Paul, in an interview, said convention planners had offered him an opportunity to speak under two conditions: that he deliver remarks vetted by the Romney campaign, and that he give a full-fledged endorsement of Mr. Romney. He declined.

    "It wouldn't be my speech," Mr. Paul said. "That would undo everything I've done in the last 30 years. I don't fully endorse him for president." [emphasis added]


    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/ron-paul-romney-don-t-fully-endorse-him-132604061.html

    Ron Paul: A Man of Ethics, Integrity, and Honor

    vs.

    Mitt Romney: A Sociopath, Pathological Liar, and Opportunist.

    I wouldn't endorse Romney to clean my toilet, let alone hold the most powerful position on Earth.
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    Aug 26, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
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    TropicalMark said
    libertpaulian saidIf Romney is "extreme right," to Crist, he must be pretty far left, because there's NO WAY in Hell Romney is "extreme" right. Hell, he's not even "slightly" right.
    Huh? icon_rolleyes.gif Thats NOT what comes out of his mouth!

    I know he said "an element" of the GOP, but considering Romney is running under the GOP banner, many will associate Romney with said banner.
    Maybe because he's the GOP nominee! DUH!icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 26, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    libertpaulian said
    tailgater_3 saidi find this more telling, and potentially harmful, to Mr. Romney's campaign:

    Mr. Paul, in an interview, said convention planners had offered him an opportunity to speak under two conditions: that he deliver remarks vetted by the Romney campaign, and that he give a full-fledged endorsement of Mr. Romney. He declined.

    "It wouldn't be my speech," Mr. Paul said. "That would undo everything I've done in the last 30 years. I don't fully endorse him for president." [emphasis added]


    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/ron-paul-romney-don-t-fully-endorse-him-132604061.html

    Ron Paul: A Man of Ethics, Integrity, and Honor

    vs.

    Mitt Romney: A Sociopath, Pathological Liar, and Opportunist.

    I wouldn't endorse Romney to clean my toilet, let alone hold the most powerful position on Earth.


    And for this reason, I truly hope Ron Paul hijacks the Republican Convention this week. Please....make noise. Lots of it.
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    Aug 27, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
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    libertpaulian said
    tailgater_3 saidi find this more telling, and potentially harmful, to Mr. Romney's campaign:

    Mr. Paul, in an interview, said convention planners had offered him an opportunity to speak under two conditions: that he deliver remarks vetted by the Romney campaign, and that he give a full-fledged endorsement of Mr. Romney. He declined.

    "It wouldn't be my speech," Mr. Paul said. "That would undo everything I've done in the last 30 years. I don't fully endorse him for president." [emphasis added]


    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/ron-paul-romney-don-t-fully-endorse-him-132604061.html

    Ron Paul: A Man of Ethics, Integrity, and Honor

    vs.

    Mitt Romney: A Sociopath, Pathological Liar, and Opportunist.

    I wouldn't endorse Romney to clean my toilet, let alone hold the most powerful position on Earth.


    And for this reason, I truly hope Ron Paul hijacks the Republican Convention this week. Please....make noise. Lots of it.





    If he did - he could make a real difference in starting to move the Repub party back to the middle.
    And back to sanity.

    But I think the lamestream Repub establishment is going to have a stranglehold on the proceedings in Tampa this week.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 27, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    I heard the news and was pleased to hear... I hope it will have some pull in Florida.
    You never know what (or who) might help out!