April 19th, 2010
08:47 PM ET
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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. Debby

    Good for him no party should tell you what to do.

    April 19, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. key

    Because he probably thinks like most people that the GOP are not racist bigots or crazy. There just plain stupid.

    April 19, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. Bob in San Jose

    And so it begins. The Tea Party/ Republican Schism of 2010.

    April 19, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Mike

    Crist (a moderate/to some a liberal) is 23 points behind Rubio in the polls for the Republican run for Governor. That is why he wants to run as an independent because he cannot beat his own party challenger. I hope only the lame brained(dead heads)liberals vote for him.

    April 19, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. shadowace

    Good- he is a liberal in disguise. Rubio is kicking his butt. The photo of Crist hugging Obama will haunt him forever

    April 19, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. republicans hate america

    The party left him. he owes nothing to them.

    April 19, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. MikeH

    Do it Charlie, Florida needs, indeed America needs leaders like you with integrity who put the needs of the people ahead of greed and power.

    April 19, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. Pedro

    I think it is the only smart thing to do. Rubio is running on a ticket of becoming just another obstructionist senator and we have way too many of those yahoos in the Senate as it is. We need people with ideas and common sense. Crist has not been perfect as a governor but he as demonstrated himself to be one thing that Rubio has not...competent!!

    April 19, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Jim Marler

    Gov. Crist is smart and bright. Perhaps he should consider becoming a
    Democrat. He knows very well the destruction the GOP did in 8 years to this country and his own state.

    April 19, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. hobart

    It's pretty clear that the lunatics run the asylum, and that the Republican Party is completely intolerant of the moderates in its own party. The choice for moderates is to vote Democrat (e.g. Colin Powell), change your stripes and become a fascist conservative yourself (e.g. John McCain), or leave the party (e.g. Arlen Specter).

    It's pretty remarkable that in the so called Party of Lincoln, that Lincoln himself would be dubbed a RINO and thrown under the bus by today's Republicans who threaten secession when they don't get their way, and celebrate the confederacy and the old south.

    Why do today's Republicans hate America?

    April 19, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Independent_me

    Break loose, Governor Crist! Break loose!
    The hate machine that is the Republican Party will implode soon.
    Don't change from the decent, rational man that you are into the monster that you will have to become in order to be accepted by Republicans!
    I left the Republican Party and became an Independent when I saw how hateful that had become during the Clinton years. I have never regretted it!
    In fact, being an Independent FREES you to be beholden to no one.

    I believe that Independents will rally around you – you are basically a very decent man who has been forced to back-track on doing the right thing when you supported Obama's help for your State. You lost a lot of respect among rational thinking people when you did that.

    FREE YOURSELF FROM THE PARTY OF HATE!!!

    April 19, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Wmscot

    Just do it Charlie ! The people in Florida love ya and want you in there.
    Go independant !

    April 19, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. Dennis

    It is time that a lot of so-called Republican leave the "Old Establishment" Republican Party and run on common sense issues. Let the radicals, religious zealots and other loonies continue to be inmaterial in an inmaterial party. Americans are ready for a party that can come out with ideas that will benefit ALL of society and will support candidates who are not in bed with the likes of Goldman Sachs and other big corporations who do nothing for middle class americans except to take there money to pay themselves HUGE BONUSES.

    April 19, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. Sian

    Leaving his party at this point hardly seems wise, especially for someone so popular in all political circles. Then again he maybe convinced that his popularity will hold up against the current unpopularity of the Republican Party. Either way, I can't imagine why he has even put his indicators on!

    April 19, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Carl Justus

    It is unfortunate that the republicans are so polarized that they cannot stand to have a great man and leader in their party and force him out.

    The republicans with more Palins, Gringrichs, Cantors, McConnells , Rubios, Kyls. Ensigns, and Hatches will become the hate party instead of the Grand obstructionists party.

    April 19, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. British immigrant proud American

    We desperately need leaders who have a middle American attitude. We are not the religious right nor are we the liberal left. Just normal people who live right, and we do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. We don't ask for a hand out but are ready to help out. We are sick of having many come on to welfare and social security roles that never earned a dime. We work hard, believe in respecting all religions, and just want to have a peaceful life as life is very short. America has turned into a take care of me society, many on welfare and the system believe the government should take care of them just because they are born here or came here. They are lazy, usually fat and depressed, angry and have ugly attitudes, with no respect for themselves or others. We need to teach children from very young that life is what you make it, stop blaming everyone else for your problems and get a life.

    April 19, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. diane

    True Independents become independent because they have either become frustrated with the two existing parties, or because they're political beliefs cross both political lines. It's a personal decision based on personal beliefs.

    But that's not what Crist said. He said he was considering it because he's "getting a lot of advice in that direction". Which tells me that he knows he's behind Rubio in the polls and his cronies are telling him that the only way to get elected is to temporarily distance himself from the party by pretending to be an Independent, then once elected, carry on with the typical right wing agenda.

    He's no more of an "independent" than he was last week. How stupid does he think the citizens of Florida are?

    April 19, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. Verloren

    I would much rather see Crist in the Senate than Rubio. Marco Rubio would be nothing more than another super-consevative right-wing voice for the "Party of No" if he is elected. At least a Senator Charlie Crist is a moderate and would sit down with Democrats to get things done for the American people.

    April 19, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Darth Cheney

    Anyone to the left of Atilla the Hun or Adolf Hitler is no longer welcome in today's GOP (Gaggle Of Paranoids).

    April 19, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. The Divided States of America

    That'd definitely be his last stand. Allow a democrat to win to spite the conservative movement.

    This would prove only one thing about the man. There is no depth to his character and it was all about him.

    April 19, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. al in san diego

    Crist is the Tea Party's first victim.....split the Repub vote between the fringe wingnut Rubio and the standard issue Repub Crist....bring in the Dem contender who now has a good chance....

    Remember this moment when Palin does the same thing two years from now......Obama '12

    April 19, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. Not All Docs Play Golf

    So, Crist has now acknowledged that the earth is indeed round, not flat? Geez, what will Rush say about that? He has left the party of ignorance, greed, and hatred? What will Glenn say about that? He has cut himself adrift from the regressionists? What will Shawn say about that?

    Oh, I forgot, Rush, Glenn, Shawn and even Karl all have only high school educations (read their bios on Wikepedia) so it really doesn't matter what they think, because they don't have enough education to think.

    April 19, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. DodgingBullets

    How did this guy get elected in the first place? Back in the day when I lived in St Pete where he got his start, he was a womanizing creep, slept around with MUCH younger girls (I knew some of them. All hung around the same 'cop' bar, as did he after baseball games, mostly), was known around town for having "odd" personal habits that would be inappropriate to post here. I can't believe that behavior escaped his entry in to bigger politics. I'm happy to see that creepy scum get no farther (and glad I left FL before he became Gov)

    April 19, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. les

    I just think that Republican are sick in their head.They don't need anything for the American people.American must wake up and se the light.They just trying to cut this presedent down.If they don'tget thing their way,they try to stall every thing.If mr. oboma listen to these republican,America would be in deep trouble.Republicans are their for 8years,doing what,but put America in debt.Now that the democract takes over they are saying that they spending too much money,How in hell,you'er going to get out of debt.Bill gates spend money to make money.people who look for oil has to spend money to find oil.They don't think about how much it's going to cause them has long as they find that oil,that is when the reward comes in.I which the American people would stand with presendent and stop listen to these teaparty,and Republican.God diden't take one day to make the world.This man,Mr, Obama can't take one year to change American.If you American think Republican can change it put them all in to run America again.The world would hate America again.Wake up America.

    April 19, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. marc in california

    i think he should do both. Continue running as a republican and, if he looses, run as an independent. Then he could split the GOP vote in november and the democrats pick up the seat!

    April 19, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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