April 19th, 2010
08:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Update: Crist leaves door open to independent bid

Gov. Crist said Monday that he is getting advice about running for Senate as an independent.
Gov. Crist said Monday that he is getting advice about running for Senate as an independent.

(CNN) – Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is appearing increasingly open to the possibility of dropping out of Florida's Republican senatorial primary.

Although Crist has previously said he intends to run as a Republican, he struck a different note in a Monday television interview.

Asked whether he was considering an independent bid, Crist opened the door to the idea.

"I'm getting a lot of advice in that direction," Crist said in an interview with WFTS. "And so, I'm a listener. I'm certainly listening to it."

Earlier in the day, a top Republican campaign official predicted that Crist would not run in the GOP primary.

Related: National Republicans preparing to back Rubio


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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Danny Cali

    If Republican dump you please come to joy us We need you run as Democratic if you want and forget the Party of "NO".

    April 20, 2010 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  2. Neither Democrat nor Republican

    I think Crist should drop out and endorse Rubio!

    April 20, 2010 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  3. Fou Hin Chin

    Why Gov Crist don't want to stay on Gov. ?

    April 20, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  4. Ca Dream America

    Smart move.....

    April 20, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    I always said that Crist was not a complete lock step Republican, and he is being shunned for daring to have a different view than the RNC. It would take a lot for me to vote for a Republican (well really a lot), but with Republicans like Crist you can disagree on certain things and at least have a conversation.

    You know what Republicans, keep trimming your stock, and the only three party members left will be James Dobson, Rush Limbaugh and the Devil.

    April 20, 2010 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  6. vs

    If he wants to win then he needs to switch parties. The repub nuts have made him out to be an extremist liberal, so he doesn't have anything to lose.

    April 20, 2010 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
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