March 9th, 2014
11:30 AM ET
1 month ago

Crist: Democrats ‘ought to strengthen up’ and support Obamacare

(CNN) – Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who’s looking to get his old job back - this time as a Democrat - argued Sunday that Democrats need to “strengthen up” and own Obamacare in this year’s midterms.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Crist panned his former party, the GOP, but admitted that the Sunshine State’s economy has improved under Republican Gov. Rick Scott—though he argued it could be “a lot better.”

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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Obamacare • Rick Scott • TV-State of the Union
Crist: End the Cuba embargo
February 8th, 2014
12:01 PM ET
2 months ago

Crist: End the Cuba embargo

Washington (CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced Friday his support for lifting the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, a policy shift that shows how far the former Republican has moved since switching parties.

"The embargo has done nothing in more than 50 years to change the regime in Cuba," Crist said in a statement. "If we want to bring democracy to Cuba, we need to encourage American values and investment there."

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Filed under: Charlie Crist • Cuba
February 5th, 2014
11:07 PM ET
2 months ago

Charlie Crist invokes Jeb Bush on condition of GOP

(CNN) – Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-Democrat who is running for governor in Florida, echoed former Gov. Jeb Bush in describing what he characterizes as an extremist turn in the GOP.

"I think I'll quote Jeb Bush. He said it better than I ever could. Today's Republican Party, at least the leadership, is perceived as being anti-women, anti-minority, anti-immigrant, anti-education, anti-gay couples, anti-environment," Crist said Wednesday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live."

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Filed under: Charlie Crist • Florida • Jeb Bush • Rick Scott
Florida poll: Charlie Crist leads incumbent Gov. Rick Scott
January 30th, 2014
10:09 AM ET
3 months ago

Florida poll: Charlie Crist leads incumbent Gov. Rick Scott

(CNN) – Ex-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, vying to reclaim his former post, has a 46%-38% lead over incumbent GOP Gov. Rick Scott in this year's governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday.

The poll shows that the Republican-turned Democrat is ahead of Scott on most issues, and a majority of registered voters don't think Scott deserves a second term.

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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Polls • Rick Scott
Florida to vote on legalizing medical marijuana
January 27th, 2014
04:16 PM ET
3 months ago

Florida to vote on legalizing medical marijuana

(CNN) – Florida voters will get a chance to vote on legalizing marijuana in November.

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday approved wording that can appear as a ballot initiative during the midterm elections later this year.
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Filed under: Charlie Crist • Florida • Marijuana • Rick Scott
Crist controversy resurfaces in new Netflix film
January 21st, 2014
02:15 PM ET
3 months ago

Crist controversy resurfaces in new Netflix film

Washington (CNN) – A buzzy new political documentary coming to Netflix won't do much to heal Charlie Crist's reputation as an unprincipled, say-anything politician.

“Mitt,” debuting on Netflix this Friday, chronicles Mitt Romney’s two campaigns for the White House with intimate behind-the-scenes footage and candid interviews with the candidate and his family.

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Filed under: Charlie Crist • Mitt Romney
GOP groups hit Crist for 'political opportunism' over same-sex marriage comments
January 3rd, 2014
01:29 PM ET
4 months ago

GOP groups hit Crist for 'political opportunism' over same-sex marriage comments

(CNN) - Republican groups blasted former Florida governor - and current gubernatorial hopeful - Charlie Crist on Friday for switching his position on same-sex marriage.

Their criticism comes in the wake of Crist's apology for his previous support of Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Same-sex marriage
Crist, in early blow, loses campaign manager in Florida
December 3rd, 2013
09:04 PM ET
5 months ago

Crist, in early blow, loses campaign manager in Florida

Washington (CNN) - Charlie Crist's new campaign for governor of Florida, this time as a Democrat, is already at a fork in the road.

After touting his hiring of New York politico Bill Hyers, Crist - who introduced the 38-year-old operative at a Miami Beach fundraiser last month as "my campaign manager" – e-mailed reporters Tuesday to announce that Hyers had left the campaign.

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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist
Florida Poll: Scott trails Crist in key gubernatorial race
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
November 21st, 2013
08:21 AM ET
5 months ago

Florida Poll: Scott trails Crist in key gubernatorial race

(CNN) – A new poll in what may end up being the marquee gubernatorial battle of 2014 indicates Democratic challenger and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist with a single digit lead over incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday, 47% of Sunshine State voters say they'd vote for Crist if the 2014 election were held today, with four in 10 saying they'd vote for Scott, who was elected governor in 2010.
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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Polls • Rick Scott
Take two in Florida for Crist, now a Democrat
November 4th, 2013
02:13 PM ET
6 months ago

Take two in Florida for Crist, now a Democrat

(CNN) – Former Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is running for the office he once held. But this time he's running as a Democrat.

In formally announcing his bid Monday at a rally in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Crist highlighted a Democratic style platform that included increased spending for education and infrastructure, and an increase in investment in renewable energy programs.
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Filed under: 2014 • Charlie Crist • Florida
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