April 29th, 2010
08:56 PM ET
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Menendez after Crist decision: GOP 'cannibalizing' moderates

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/29/art.jkusa.rm.jpg caption="Sen. Robert Menendez said Thursday the Republican Party is "cannibalizing" its moderates."]Washington (CNN) - The senator responsible for promoting Democrats in senate races nationwide said the Republican Party is "cannibalizing" its moderates.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, reacted to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to abandon the Republican senate primary and launch an independent bid. Menendez is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

"This is an example of what's happening in the Republican Party across the country where they're cannibalizing each other," Menendez told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview that aired on CNN's John King, USA.

Crist's decision essentially launched a three-way general election race pitting him against former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio – expected to become the Republican nominee - and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Rubio has moved "so far to the right with the Tea Party element," Menendez said, that Crist isn't able to win the Republican nomination "because he's not … to the right enough."

As for the Democratic congressman's chances in the race, Menendez believes keeping Crist in the matchup will benefit Meek.

"As far as I'm concerned, Kendrick Meek – who hasn't run statewide … is leading a path that is going to move straight down the center - [he'll] be able to get Democrats, Republicans and Independents," Menendez said.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Djinn

    Great. Let the Repugnicans erode their own party. But true Republicans must eventually stop putting their heads in the sand and leaving their backsides unprotected. How long will it take them to take their party back??

    April 30, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  2. Michael from Ventura

    Yes, they are. And this isn't the first time. Remember Barry Goldwater vs Nelson Rockefeller? It's in their DNA.

    April 30, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  3. Go Charlie

    I'm leaving you ! said Charlie Crist
    I know your sad, i now your pist,
    But I'm lookin west from my window sill,
    and all I see is a black oil spill,
    This aint progress
    This is "Drill baby drill

    April 30, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  4. DC

    Thank you, Tea Party for being lap dogs for the GOP.

    April 30, 2010 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  5. Larry

    Anyone smart enough to leave the Republican party, indicates they have a brain

    Regardless of who wins

    Good luck Crist

    Watch your back ....

    April 30, 2010 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  6. ben san roda

    Ala Leiberman, but he's no Leiberman.

    April 30, 2010 04:01 am at 4:01 am |

    Crist could never win in Florida again after he denounced Justice Sotomayor as a racist for her "wise Latina comment". This is what he gets for playing up to the far right wingers instead of using common sense

    April 30, 2010 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
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