July 4th, 2008
08:08 AM ET
6 years ago

Crist gets engaged

Crist is getting married.
Crist is getting married.

(CNN) – Florida governor and possible Republican vice presidential candidate Charlie Crist announced Thursday that he is engaged to Carole Rome, his girlfriend of nine months.

"She's special in every way. She's brilliant, beautiful and sweet. I'm very, very lucky," Crist told the St. Petersburg Times.

Crist was married once before for less than a year but got divorced in 1980. Rome is recently divorced and has two children, 9 and 11.

The pair met when Crist was visiting New York last September according to the Associated Press, and don’t have a firm date for the nuptials.

Crist is rumored to be on John McCain’s shortlist for the vice presidential nomination and has been one of the Arizona senator’s most fervent surrogates. He recently reversed his position against domestic offshore drilling to line up with McCain’s proposal to allow the states to decide.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Donna

    Maybe he should take a little more time getting to know someone before he runs down the aisle...could be a reason why his last marriage was so short...

    July 4, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. john

    Typical republican, married, divorce, married, divorce. Just like McCain.

    July 4, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Alizabeth

    poor guy, why not remain a clauseted man instead of marrying the first woman you can grap for political reasons.

    July 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. VP ?

    CNN) – Florida governor and possible Republican vice presidential candidate Charlie Crist announced Thursday that he is engaged to Carole Rome, his girlfriend of nine months........BECUZ .....Crist is rumored to be on John McCain’s shortlist .........Marriage is BIG DEAL
    Marry for LOVE NOT FAME.......IT WILL NOT WORK..... girlfriend of nine months? GET to KNOW HER take your Time ........ married once before for less than a year but got divorced in 1980. McShame is not worth it.......besides he may choose someone else for VP.... and then WHAT?

    July 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. sonia

    Congratulation ......You r a good governor of FLORIDA.

    Be happy ,healthy and enjoy ur life .Best of luck.

    July 4, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. let it go

    Of course he did, He wants the VP spot. What a idiot.

    July 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Jared

    To a woman, I see. That's good to hear.

    July 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. My Davis

    Congratulations are in order? Single for 30 years and then the right one shows up just in time for the Republican convention. Wonder if Crist ends up not on the ticket will the nuptials occur? This should squash all those rumors about his sexual orientation though.

    July 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Puffin

    Engaged for the fith time. Third time after his divorce, twice to the same lady. So, if not chosen as the VP will there be a wedding?

    July 4, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Dee Dee

    So he really wants to be on that Republican ticket. Maybe they can marry just before the convention begins- Pre- Convention Event.

    I just do not think Governor Crist would be for ALL the people after the mess he signed into being regarding the Flordia Demcratic Primary- he was as bold or bolder than Limbaugh. Then when he looked as a major player on Mc Cain's ticket he wanted the DNC to count all the votes- some people did not vote when they realized their votes were restricted to The Will Not Count Column.
    Congradulations to him and Best Wishes to her.

    July 4, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. LOVE OR VP?

    Crist is rumored to be on John McCain’s shortlist for the vice presidential nomination ......Marry for love not FAME (VP)......... YOU
    GUYS have one thing in COMMON (SHORT LIVED MARRIAGES........
    Crist was married once before for less than a year but got divorced in 1980. Rome is recently divorced and has two children, 9 and 11.
    GOOD LUCK!!!

    July 4, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    McCain/Crist – 2008

    "We have trophy wives and little else!"

    July 4, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Obama '08

    So she has 2 younger children so standing next to him he will look younger and promote the perfect family image...so what's the plan to make McCain look younger

    July 4, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Ummm, something to make you think about! Hope Crist doesn't make it to become VP. He really doesn't want any ugliness or closet issues to come out about past and future wifes. Maybe he should just cool it.

    July 4, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. NoMccain

    Since American voters tend to measure candidates by way of their spouses, it sounds more like a political move to put himself in a better position as VP for the Republican party 'just in time.'
    It's unfortunate that politicians can't have a normal life, because every little behavioral move makes it look like it has been carefully crafted and calculated.

    July 4, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. DeeJam - Los Angeles

    Bad news for McCain if he choses Crist. It is obvious that Crist is doing this for political reasons. He also changed his stance on off-shore drilling to line up with McCain's stance. He is not a leader. He does what they tell him to do.

    July 4, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Shane

    CONGRATS MR.CRIST

    July 4, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Paula Hussein MacK

    He should stay out of the sun..he is starting to look like George Hamilton!He should be more careful as his soon to be running mate does have skin cancer....
    My prediction is Crist will be McCain's VP.. McCain wants Florida and he knows he needs Crist to deliver that.

    July 4, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Aaron

    Maybe he's just in love, guys? :)

    July 4, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. TD

    I see his working hard for that VP slot.

    July 4, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Speaking plainly...

    Crist is rumored to be on my shortlist of the last closeted gay guys in American politics. Way to go, Crist... get engaged to one of your hags to climb the political ladder. What a joke he is, and an awful representative for gay Americans... we don't want you!

    July 4, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. mitchell hussein martin

    he's gay,and she's a prop.

    July 4, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Abbey

    If he's gay he might be a good choice for Obama, then we could really have an inclusive ticket.

    July 4, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Ali

    It is not a rumor. Charlie Christ is gay. He is shooting for the VP slot and he found a recent divorcee' who wants to be taken care of to stand in place of his closet boyfriend. I think it is ridiculous.

    July 4, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. xddy4u

    See I'm not gay. Now can I be McCain's VP? Heee, Heeee.

    July 4, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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