April 14th, 2010
08:18 PM ET
10 years ago

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. Stu - Las Vegas

    DeMint's endorsement means nothing. The people of Florida are what count

    April 14, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. CR

    The crazies have taken-over the Republican Party. Sane candidates need not apply.

    April 14, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. ed fl

    Crist cannot vote for the QUESTIONABLE [Cubanof suspicious spendingof Florida funds]. because only the Spanish element of Dade county Florida will vote for him. You really can not believe that Rubio will get any votes in the panhandle or any area that does not have a big CUBAN SPANISH POPULATION. Puerto Rican Spanish populations will not vote for him and the rednecks in Florida sureley will not vote for him . Crist should run as an independent and between him and Rubio splitting the vote the winner will be representative Meeks.

    April 14, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. rosslaw

    Another "drive by" commentary by Demint, a rightwingnut republican who shouold truly retire for the good of the country as well as his party before he causes another Waterloo.

    April 14, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Jack

    The time for far right Republicants is over. Don't be misled by the teabagger coverage. The majority of American voters will not elect right wing Republicans or left wing Democrats. Marco Rubio is a do-nothing doctrinaire who has played fast and loose with his party's credit cards – he demonstrates an "entitlement" mentality when spending other people's money. He is a hippocrite and is devoid of personal honesty.

    April 14, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Larry

    Why is Jim DeMint trying to tell Floridians what to do? Doesn't he have enough to do in South Carolina? Silly Repub

    April 14, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Raul

    Either one, Crist or Rubio, is better than the Marxists we have in control now. Can you imagine what the founders of this nation would think about people like Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Stupack?

    They probably wouldn't have fought so hard and we would still be flying the union jack

    April 14, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Can you "swift-boat" yourself? They run the party like they ran the Country during the Bush debaclecle.

    April 14, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. KLH

    Sen. DeMint conveniently forgot to mention Joe Lieberman's move to independent as an example of the "sour grapes approach."

    April 14, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Bostonian-TheWoodlands,TX

    Crist should tell demint to gloss those lips, and kiss his backside.

    April 14, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. dave

    To say that Jim DeMint is like Ronald Reagan is demeaning the legacy of Ronald Reagan. Jim DeMint couldn't fetch water for Reagan on his best days.

    April 14, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Legalchic

    Crist should run as an Indy. Rubio is wingnut and Crist stands no chance against him. As an Indy, he stands a much better chance, especially if he vetos SB6.

    Why Crist has ANY loyalty to a party that despises him is beyond me.

    April 14, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. JES

    I have to agree.

    April 14, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Gary

    Maybe DeMint should drop out and endorse Christ.

    April 14, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. James, Houston,TX

    DeMint should give up his "Seat" and allow Rubio to become appointed by the Florida Govenor. DeMint is another "Yes Man" to the Elephant Clan ! No Mas, No Menos!! Hasta Luego or until your legs get straighter !

    April 14, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Chris D.

    I hope a real progressive runs against Christ/Rubio, whoever wins in this lot..........
    The arrogance of the right, does not cease to amaze........

    April 14, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. jpetz

    DeMint should focus on his own state of S. Carolina which has far more problems than Florida. If DeMint solved a problem for his state it would be a first.

    April 14, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. Kate

    Crist should stay in the race...what would it hurt if he ran as an independent, maybe it is time to leave the party of"no." Crist would be a more fair and intelligible senator than Rubio. Rubio is a "wingnut."
    He just wants to make a name for himself, Crist would do the people right!

    April 14, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Pat

    I am a KY Democrat and I would vote for Charlie Crist in a minute. Of course, look at what I have now.....

    April 14, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Pragmatic

    Why would a man with principals, like Crist, endorse an ethically challenged man like Rubio? Demented?

    Rubio & Pork: During Rubio’s 8 years in office, he unofficially pushed $250 million to his hometown. This contrasts with his campaign hawk crusading against “earmarks”. When asked, Rubio wouldn’t comment.

    Rubio charged the party $4,000 to fix the family van & $765 to buy a hard drive. Rubio racked up thousands of dollars in personal charges on his GOP AmEx, from the upscale barber to musical equipment, despite party and IRS rules that require the card to be used only for election-related purposes. As House Speaker, he charged $109,681 to the GOP credit card and repaid about $16,000.

    Sansom was Rubio’s hand-picked budget chief when Rubio served as Florida House speaker 2007-2008. Sansom then routed more than $35,000,000 in public funds to a college that later offered him a job. Sansom was indicted and is now awaiting trial.

    You want Rubio where? Tells you a lot about demint – and it ain't pretty!

    April 14, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. Victor

    The pull to the right is as bad as my dog learning to go on a walk.

    April 14, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Roberta L. Tervin

    Gov Christ will fight for what is right for the American people and I would trust him to vot accordingly instead of just along party lines. I'm am a Democrat and I would vote for Gov. Christ if he runs as an independant.

    April 14, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. BB

    Who cares what DeMint says or thinks,
    he's a freaking IDIOT!!!!!!
    He should resign.
    He is a huge embarrassment!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Charlie in Maine

    "Big Republican urged to quit"

    Oh darn I thought you were talkin about Rush Limbaugh

    April 14, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. BCrunner

    Raul: We kicked out the Marxsists and dictators with the last election... and brought some sanity to the nation with a president who does not shoot from the hip.

    DeMint needs to resign himself...

    April 14, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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