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In a special editorial to the Sunday, 8/26/12, Tampa Bay Times, Charlie Crist, former Republican Governor of Florida, spells out why he is backing Barack Obama for President.

Crist states:

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.

And the president invested in our retirement security by strengthening Medicare. The $716 billion in savings his opponents decry today extended the life of the program by nearly a decade and are making sure taxpayer dollars aren’t wasted in excessive payments to insurance companies or fraud and abuse. His opponents would end the Medicare guarantee by creating a voucher that would raise seniors’ costs by thousands of dollars and bankrupt the program.

We have more work to do, more investments to make and more waste to cut. But only one candidate in this race has proven a willingness to navigate a realistic path to prosperity.

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.


Added: Aug-26-2012 Occurred On: Aug-26-2012
By: echo4250
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  • Crist was/is the biggest RINO (Republican In Name Only) in the country. Everyone here in Florida understood that.

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  • That is why Crist is former Republican Gov. of Florida . Nothing new here.

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  • Nice try entitlement scum.

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  • "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."


    Are you fucking kidding me?!!! This is all one need hear to know all there is to know about this doucebag commie.

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  • AH HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!! Charlie Crist is not a Republican and hasn't been for years now. At best he was a RINO!!!!

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    • @John Coleman George Will wouldn't "be a Republican" now.. enjoy being somewhere between Cotton Mather and Torquemada, politically.

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    • @nexus1961 Hey Nexie, I'm an independent but I only have one choice in this election. Enjoy being between Barney Frank and Dan Savage politically and literally.

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    • @John Coleman cool.. both are for freedoms for all, and franks even pro-pot!
      sounds like comfortable territory.. how's it feel to be in the Company of Morons?

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    • @nexus1961 The Obama team is moronic. Have you noticed Americas' disaster of an economy lately? And Barney helped cause a major financial disaster(but he is for legalization!) and Dan Savage goes from school to school teaching school children homosexual acts like fisting, rimming, and yes even teabagging! Imagine that. Nexie, you're known by the company you keep boy. Stay comfortable but remember, Barney has big hands. Let's be careful in there!

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  • When are the people going to recognize that we are in a political rip tide , and we are running out of breath , and about to drown!

    Same shit different faces!

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  • And yet again, idiots only want to criticize this article's immediate shortcoming and possible hypocrisies rather than looking at the bigger picture. Die, die, die.

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  • Even Jeb Bush was on tv this morning saying the GOP has lost touch.

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  • Crist is no Republican. He left the party when he wanted so desperately to win Florida. Now he shills for his massah Obama.

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  • Delusional.

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  • Sure, we've all the sudden decided Obama isn't a threat and wouldn't destroy the country in his 2nd term.

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    • @_Byron_ Nobody gives a shit what you've decided...Jackass

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    • @IIVXTII Nobody cares what you think either.You and those like you are what's wrong with the Republican party today.I used to be a Republican until people like you climbed aboard.You may now crawl back under the front porch,Troll.

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  • The usual BS democrap, libtard propaganda... If you had a job you wouldn't have time to post this crap. Your welfare check should arrive in 6 days.

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  • Crist bailed on the GOP 4 years ago and the GOP bailed on Crist. That's why he's not governor of Florida, is forgotten, and is an unhinged out of work politico.

    Put your cocks back in your pants, Libs, there's nothing to see here.

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  • Crist isn't even a Republican -- he left to become an independent after losing the primary to run for the Senate. He is a worthless politician through and though (much like our current president) that has no skill other than trying to get in front of cameras to inflate his own ego. If this is a "Republican" voting for Obama, I hope that all the same "Republicans" to the same (i.e. they are already Democrats).

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  • Good grief!

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  • "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."

    That is what you call a patriot. Whether he was right or wrong about it though, there's no doubt many on here will still attack him for actually having principles.

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  • "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."

    Good grief. Did Wasserman write this mess?

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  • Bingo...hit the nail on the head however Obama has done a shitty job as presidnet but the republican party has become a joke, a cynical, black comedy of rampant intolerance, greed and pettiness.

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    • @deznutts Yeah, it's such a joke that it put the largest, most punishing hit on an opposing political party in 73 years during the 2010 elections, taking back the House in beat down fashion. Have a surgeon remove your head from your colon.

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    • @yorba But you're gonna have to wait 4 more years for a shot at the White House.Even Jeb Bush was on tv this morning saying how the current GOP is out of touch.So if anybody's nose smells like shit...It's yours.LOL

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    • @yorba and name one motherfucking thing the Pubs have done in that time frame...except say NO. This piece was spot on...in no way shape or form is or has the Republican party fit to lead

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    • @deznutts The Democrat senate has not passed a budget in 1208 days. We say NO to bullshit bills, chock full of riders and handouts to leftist trash organizations as we all get to pay for int he "stimulus" which cost you and I as Americans over a trillion dollars.

      Not fit to lead? Are you fucking stoned? Things are worse after 4 years of this community organizer. How long do you want to take up the ass?

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    • @echo4250 They are dead even nationally, Wisconsin now leans Romney, Florida leans Romney, and Barry's lead in Ohio is cut by almost 2/3 from a year ago. The only state Obama is safe in, quite frankly, is my pathetic state of The People's Republic of Kalifornia.

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  • Crist is fully delusional but we've known that for a long time. "...he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes." Forgive me, I just puked. What he mainly likes to do is play golf and campaign.

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  • So what you are saying he used tax payer money to buy votes.

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  • Wait, republicans are STARTING to bail on him? They have been reluctant to admit they were backing him from the very start. Nobody is saying "Woo! Go Romney!" Its all either "Meh. Hell have to do." or "anyone but Obama."

    Nobodys stated a reason why they actually like Romney.

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  • Romney and Ryan ......... Laurel and Hardy of the 21st century

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  • Gary Johnson then?

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    • @castanza128 Or Ron Paul, but I think Obama, not matter how shitastic his presidency has been will win. People vote for celebrities these days, not reason.

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