April 19th, 2010
08:47 PM ET
4 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


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Extra • Florida
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Jane

    He's done. Charlie you look like a desperate fool.

    April 19, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Flagrante Delicto

    Charlie Crist is a doubledouche carpetbagger. His political career here in Florida is over. Good riddence.

    April 19, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. Gil

    Divide and conquer. I guess that is what the right of the republican party has always been working towards as it moves to the fascist right!

    April 19, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. Shelly

    There are only a few decent , thoughtful and moderate Republicans left, including Crist.
    All the others have been assimilated by the extreme self righteous gun toting Christian crazies who claim they are patriots. If they are such patriots, shouldn't they care and support all Americans and the American government that has allowed them to assemble on public grounds to display their complete ignorance!

    April 19, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. Laurie

    Governor Crist-you are an excellent and honest politician. Run as an independent.

    April 19, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. tess

    - earth to crist-- you only get 28% running against rubio who takes the republicans and most independents by 58%. now we throw you into a 3 way race with the democrat meeks who gets about 25% from all the democrats. how in the name of sanity do you win a 3 way race when there is nobody left to vote for you? you will not get any republicans, hardly any independents and no democrats – lets me know whats left!!!!

    April 19, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Kent

    Last election, they were circling Crist's name for VP...now they ditch him and pick someone who is nothing more than an idiot...good luck, I know you both suck...:)

    April 19, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. Jeff

    I'm a Floridian Democrat. I wish Crist switched party and ran as a Democrat. Meek is too weak and I don't think he can win.

    April 19, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    A dying breed, the reasonable republican

    April 19, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. harold

    Go for it.. Gov. Crist.. I am for you doing it..The Rubio man is for cutting govenment to make it small so we cannot defeat the Terrorists.. Ole Bin Laden is happy about small govenrment in the USA..Republicans are weak on Terrorism. and Health care.. they tell you just go to the emergency room.. brother....

    April 19, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. Eddie B.

    He should run as an independent. They are trying to squeeze him out of the party because he is a moderate and the GOP is allowing its party to be hijacked by far right conservative radicals.

    April 19, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  12. markiejoe

    Way to go, Rubio. You just handed the election to the Democrats.

    April 19, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  13. Deadon

    I'll switch parties to vote for Charlie and beat Rubio. He's proven that he is truly "for the people". Rubio preached small government, spends other's money and laughs all the way to the bank.
    Support : "Democrats for an Independent Crist"

    April 19, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  14. marcus (seattle)

    why not ?? it worked when joe lieberman did it.. we need more parties in this country anyway.. the 2 we have, are worthless..

    April 19, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. NUMB2AMERICA'SWAYS

    The only reason Republicans want Crist to stay in the party.Republicans know if he goes independent that he will take some of the votes Rubio will need to win. It is all about power and not about party. They would sacrifice there own just to get ahead. Great example of why America is in the shape that it is in. RUN INDEPENDENT GOVERNOR.

    April 19, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. Terry - Indiana

    I guess that "divide and conquer" still works.

    April 19, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  17. Aaron

    He should go for the independent run. He'd make a great senator. If the GOP blows him off, that shouldn't stop him from moving forward for the bid.

    April 20, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  18. Robrob

    I am all for more independents in office.

    April 20, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  19. Adam

    I'd vote for Charlie Crist as an independent. It's sad that neither party is nominating moderates. Crist is a good moderate.

    April 20, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  20. Michael from Ventura

    The election in Florida will certainly have everyone's attention this year.Hope the republiCANTs down there keep gnawing at each other!

    April 20, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  21. FL libertarian

    Boooo Charlie Crist!!!!! Your actions have made you an OK governor, but Florida needs a fighter in Washington D.C. Marco Rubio is that fighter. Don't disgrace yourself with an Independent bid.

    April 20, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  22. David R. Scott

    Good for Charlie. He deserves the right to keep his job... be it as an independent or republican or even as a democrat.

    April 20, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  23. Luke Brown

    Go for it, Charlie.

    All the polling suggests that you will win if you run as an independent. So what's stopping you??

    April 20, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  24. Anonymous

    RUN, CRIST, RUN!

    April 20, 2010 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  25. Brad

    If Crist runs as an independent, he would be re-elected. His problem is that conservatives control the GOP primary.

    If he was elected, it would truty be poetic justice to see how the GOP deals with its own Joe Lieberman.

    April 20, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
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