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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soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. steve

    the gop crying?????? why doesn't the gop call on NAILIN PALIN to come save the day and charge them $100,000.00 to do it... I'm sure she could see Cuba from fla.

    go indy and vote indy... thats what we want..... we are the teaparty....

    April 14, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. j

    No he shouldn't. Crist should stay in the race and let the people of Florida decide which one they want to represent them, if either. The voters should be allowed to make the choice.

    April 14, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    Sorry Senator DeMint, but you're wrong. Crist should change parties to Independent and run. We still haven't heard the last of the $40,000 per month politicos in FL were putting on credit, Rubio being one of them. Just what we need, another crooked Senator who thinks he can take whatever, no questions asked, to enrich himself personally. Good grief, enough already.

    April 14, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Marty, FL

    "That is a sour grapes approach..." Please–DeMint's Waterloo, anyone?

    Gov. Crist should veto the unpopular Merit-Pay Bill that the FL Legislature pushed thru to attack teachers and our children's public education (again). It would actually earn him credibility amongst Floridians to run as an Indepedent.

    Stop wasting time/resources on DeMint, er I mean Rubio. This is FL, not SC.

    April 14, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |

    We should listen to Demented because of his divisive politics?

    I think not.

    April 14, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. montag24

    Don't drop out, Charlie. Let Floridians elect a right-wing nutcase. That way, you can have the later satisfaction of saying, "I told you so."

    April 14, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. mike

    didn't Rubio go out to south Carolina to suck up Jim Demint the just
    say no to everything senator another republican hillbilly I think charlie
    Crist should go independent because he will win over Rubio the
    only reason he is telling him to drop out is because he knows
    Rubio will lose

    April 14, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Uncle Buck

    Actually I don't see anything wrong with Crist leaving the GOP and going independent. Previously that would have been a bad idea, but today is entirely different.
    There is a clear group of people that are no longer far enough right to support the GOP, nor far enough left to support the Dems. What's the obvious choice, look for someone in the middle.
    If Crist thinks that he won't win with Republicans because he's not far enough right, then catering towards the middle independent, Republican, and Democrat voters makes perfect sense. Possibly even a winning one.

    April 14, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. BeverlyNC

    DeMint should be the one to resign. He is an open racist, blames the poverty of his state (SC) on the black residents, is anti-American, has called for America to fail and was the one that proclaimed Republicans would make "healthcare Obama's waterloo". He has been a total obstructionist, one of the worst Republican party liars and fear mongers and is a total disgrace to his office.

    We need to get ALL Republicans like DeMint out of office. They are not fit to serve and are betraying our country and our People with their do-nothing attitudes and condoning of violence among their lunatic tea baggers and milita groups.

    Wake up SC – especially the black citizens and get this racist jerk out of office. He is NO friend of SC and is a traitor to our democracy!

    Crist is one of the RARE Republicans who tries to do what is right and best for his constituents. Rubio is a tea bagger nutjob who would be dangerous in office.

    Decent Americans need to stand up and scream "NO MORE" to these hate spewing, fear mongering, lying, violence-supporting Republicans. They DO NOT represent America. They have NOTHING to offer to restore or move America forward. NO leadership. NO solutions. NO concern for working families. NO and NOTHING is all they are and represent.

    We need REAL leaders who do love this country, will work for the People who elected them (vs corporations), will move America foward with new technologies, new energy sources, new job environments, and even more trusted relationships with our Allies to make us safe from foreign attacks.

    Right now, because of Republican hate and encouragement, the FBI reports we are in high danger of domestic terrorism from these lunatic Republican fringe groups.

    NO MORE Republicans in elected office. They are dangerous to our nation, to our unity as Americans, and to our democratic government.
    Vote them ALL out in November. We will NOT tolerate their shameful and treasonous actions.

    April 14, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Lp

    Hey Charlie,
    How about you focus on the job you forgot about. You know, the Gov. of Florida thing.

    April 14, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Nate from Atlanta

    I don't care for Crist that much but I would rather him be senator than Rubio.

    April 14, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Nate from Atlanta

    Crist is losing because republicans now he will work with democrats on issues.

    April 14, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Jay

    I have a better idea - why doesn't DeMint quit!

    April 14, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. IndyVoter

    Yes. Please do drop out Gov. Christ so that right wing tea-party loving Rubio can be the candidate....We (Democrats) will gladly receive all of the votes of the independents and other reasonable Floridians that will come our way as a result!!!

    April 14, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Independent_me

    Serves you right, Mr. Crist!
    You allowed the crazies to define you. You should have remained moderate and a voice of reason. You deserve what you get.

    April 14, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Suncatcher

    DeMint is right. Crist is dying in Florida since the voters finally realized what a RINO Crist is. Go home, Charlie. Shoo! We're cleaning house in the US of A.

    April 14, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Junganimus

    With the gop....it's the party.......it's always the party....it's never the people.

    April 14, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. cjr

    Jim should quit – he is a complete jerk!

    April 14, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Mark Ferbet, KCMO

    A moderate Republican is getting bashed by his own party. Doesn't surprise me at all. Let the Conservative wing of the Party take control. Americans won't stand for the Right Wing approach for much longer, and it will guarantee moderate wins during the next two elections cycles.

    April 14, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    Hey dimwit, the hero of the president of the teabaggers, pam stout. This syas it all about you, doesn't it?
    Why don't you worry about your own seat and leave Crist alone.
    Do you even know where Florida is located on a US map?

    April 14, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. payback

    ......Hey, jim(waterloo)demint. Should stick s.c. politics. And stay out of Florida politics. I'm no fan of republicans. But if i had to choose. It would'nt be marco(batista)rubio. By the way. I want to see his birth certificate.......

    April 14, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Dorkus Maximus

    Sour grapes approach? I wonder if DeMint said the same thing about Joe Lieberman when he ran as an independent after losing in the Democratic primary in Conn.

    April 14, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Mickey, NY

    See, if you wait long enough, these scumbags will destroy each other...pass the popcorn!

    April 14, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. psgmichigan

    Maybe Crist can move to S.Carolina and run for Demint's seat. On second thought, Crist has way too much common sense to run for any seat in S.C.

    April 14, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Mary Ann in VA

    I think it is poor form to have the republicans turn on Gov Crist the way they've.done . They did the same thing to John McCain in the presidential primaries. By the time McCain was the nominee there had been so much bad press he could'nt win . Crist and McCain should both become independents and then watch the RNC and the republicans have a fit. Gov Crist you own nothing to a party leadership who shows you no loyalty.

    April 14, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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