April 14th, 2010
08:18 PM ET
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DeMint: Crist should drop out and endorse Rubio

Sen. Jim DeMint said Wednesday during a conference call that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist should end his Senate bid and endorse rival Marco Rubio.
Sen. Jim DeMint said Wednesday during a conference call that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist should end his Senate bid and endorse rival Marco Rubio.

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Jim DeMint said Wednesday that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist should abandon his Senate bid and endorse his Republican primary rival.

DeMint was asked about chatter that Crist, trailing badly against Marco Rubio in the primary, might decide to run as an independent instead. "I hope that won't happen," he responded.

"That is a sour grapes approach - when you find out you can't win, you bail out just like Arlen Specter did in his [Pennsylvania Republican] primary against Pat Toomey," DeMint said of a possible independent bid by Crist. "I hope that doesn't happen in Florida."

DeMint made his remarks about Crist during a conference call organized to tout his endorsement of Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck.

The South Carolina senator threw his support to Rubio last summer, before conservative activists rallied around the former state House speaker and catapulted him from a long-shot candidate to the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. DeMint has since been one of Rubio's most prominent backers.

Though Crist and his aides have pledged repeatedly that the governor will remain a Republican candidate, his campaign in recent days has avoided questions about a possible independent bid, sparking a new round of speculation and gossip. Crist has until April 30, the filing deadline, to remain in the GOP primary.

"I think there is magnanimous way for Marco's opponent to step out and support him," DeMint said of Crist.


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  1. Henry Rutgers

    With republican party anymore, it's the crazier the better!!!

    Some republicans would resurrect Jefferson Davis (irony here) and Timothy McVeigh if they could.

    April 14, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. John in Tampa

    Crist should stay. Rubio should go away. I'm in Tampa and that vote is a promise. The gentleman from South Carolina should also go away.

    April 14, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Freedomics

    Hey Senator DeMint... Don't forget that Joe Lieberman did the same thing as Arlan Specter. The only difference is that the shoe was on the other foot.

    April 14, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Mike Smith

    Christ.... isn't he the right wing neocon nutjob hypocrite who turns heterosexual every time there's an election?

    April 14, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. garc

    No litmus test for the GOP, eh? Crist isn't as scary-right-wing so they want him out.

    April 14, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Bart Kimmel

    Another moderate being ostracized to make way for an extreme right winger.

    April 14, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Chris

    I'm from Florida. And while I've had my problems with Crist, he does seem to be one of the few remaining Republicans who are willing to have civil discourse and putting his constituents needs before party. So he is denounced by his own people for being a RINO. Rubio, on the other hand, is one of the new GOP – a far right extremist Party-first ideologue. And there has already been spending scandals attached to Rubio, as a typical fiscal restraint talking/wasteful spending Conservative hypocrite.

    April 14, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Jim from Seattle

    Sen. DeMint is a prominent leader of the New Confederacy...
    tobacco, oil, guns, slaves, duct tape, no gay rights, no womens rights, more yachts for the rich (survival of the fattest), no food for the poor .. oh yeah, he's a throw-back.. all the way back. He makes Crist seem likeable (almost).

    April 14, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Samuel

    DeMint has never been known for saying anything of intelligence and his latest comment proves it once again. The fact that Rubio may be the candidate of choice for the halfwits, birthers, racists, and the illiterate trailer park scum that make up the Tea Pary is no reason that Crist should step down. What would be better would be if DeMint concentrated on affairs back home in South Carolina instead of running off at the mouth. Better still, maybe he should do his constituents a favor and resign.

    April 14, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Patriot

    I'd like to have stock in Jim "DeMented's" hair dye.....if he's trying to cover up his gray...what else is he covering up?

    April 14, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Wisconsonite - Be Informed; Not Just Opinionated!

    Yeah, well I think that DeMint should resign his Senate seat but that's not going to happen either!

    April 14, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. J Farrow

    I think Crist should drop out of the Florida primary and move to South Carolina and run against Jim DeMint!

    April 14, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Captain Crunch

    "I think there is magnanimous way for Marco's opponent to step out and support him," DeMint said of Crist.

    I could agree with this if DeMint would give up his seat!. He's a blight on the Republic and should quietly just go away!

    April 14, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Gop

    Sorry Charlie but this is what you get for being buddies with Obama.

    Crist wants people to believe he is a conservative,problem for him people know he is just a liberal in the Gop party!

    Charlie as they say you can fool some of the time but you cannot fool all the people all of the time! now take a hike with Obama and get lost!

    April 14, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. CM

    DeMint, famous for his 'waterloo' comments about health care reform and Obama, should stop making false predictions about anything and everything, and let Crist continue in the race; who knows Crist might even win the race continuing DeMint's wrong predictions record!

    April 14, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Let me get this straight. Jim DeMint is a Senator from South Carolina, right? So that means he knows who is best for the Senate from Florida, right? Does this mean that if Charlie Crist wins the nomination that DeMint is going to support the Tea Party candidate? Or will he campaign for the person the PEOPLE OF FLORIDA selected? Geez, I'm a Democrat and even I know you don't go against the candidate that wins the primary. Oh, wait, that's why the major Republicans here in CT all endorsed Joe Lieberman (I-CT) during his last election bid instead of the no-name Republican who was luckless enough to have to run against him!

    April 14, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Mike

    What difference does it make?? They are both losers!

    April 14, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. geecee

    Why should Crist listen to Jim Demented?? He has met his "waterloo" and should keep his mouth shut from now on. I seems like the people in Florida aren't as stupid as the Republicans and teabaggers think they are. They elected a Democrat to complete Representative Robert Wexler's term in Congress. So how bad can it be for the Dems. in Florida? They've got Dems. like Alan Grayson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz just to name a few. Not all of Florida is feeble-minded. The State voted for Obama in 2008. Demented should just Shut Up and Go Away.

    April 14, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Gop

    Sorry Charlie but this is what you get for being friends with Obama.

    Crist wants people to believe he is a conservative, problem for him people know he is just a liberal in the GOP party!

    Charlie as they say you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all of the time!

    Now take a hike with Obama and get lost!

    this is a fix from my other post! unless CNN did not post the first one.

    April 14, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Donna

    Was it "sour grapes" when Lieberman did it in Connecticut? The Republicans didn't seem to mind that.

    April 14, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Joe E.

    Will someone please tell Jim DeMint that he should stay out of other people's business? As a Floridian, I welcome a hotly contested primary fight between Crist and Rubio. I don't really care who wins the primary, because Crist will have severely degraded his standing in the general election in November, if he wins the primary, thus making it easier for the D candidate to be elected. If Rubio wins, his connections to the ultra-right make him un-electable in this increasingly progressive state. Lastly, even if Crist should win the general, he'll owe much of it to the democrats in the state. That might even turn him into a true independant Republican, and not a lock-step drone idiot of Mitch McConnell's, like the rest of the R senators in DC. As was evident in the Health care debate, D senators have a mind of their own, and their views are considered without being quashed, however nasty it gets.

    So, keep at it boys! I'm lovin' it! For me this situation is a Win! Win! Win! scenario! Heads, I win, tails you lose, and if the coin stands on its edge, I still win!

    April 14, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. monasterymonkey

    DeMint needs to shut his big mouth and retire effective today!

    April 14, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Common Sense

    With friends and associates like DeMint, the republican party will definitely self destruct before November. Let's not forget the other bad seeds all acting like Sarah, Rush, Beck, Hannity and can't forget Dick!

    April 14, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Bob in San Diego

    Rubio is too far right. Crist *is* independent by comparison. More proof that the GOP has lost its way completely.

    April 14, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. A Guy

    This is the same clown who said that Health Care reform would be "Obama's Waterloo" -nuff said

    April 14, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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