(CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist does not support proposed legislation that would set up an immigration law similar to Arizona's legislation that took effect last month, the independent candidate for the Senate said Wednesday.
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican candidate to replace Crist as governor, proposed legislation that would require law enforcement officers to check a suspected undocumented worker's status in the course of a traffic stop and businesses to use the E-verify system to check the immigration status of job applicants.
"I don't like the Arizona law. I don't think it's the way to go," Crist told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room. "I think the key word […] is 'people that are suspected of being illegal immigrants.' How do you make that determination? By what they look like? That's not part of the America I believe in."
Arizona's immigration law has been the subject of criticism since Gov. Jan Brewer signed it into law in April. Detractors say it encourages racial profiling, while supporters believe it's a pivotal first step toward solving the nation's immigration problem.
Crist, who was elected to office as a Republican and is running for Senate as an independent candidate after polls indicated an abysmal showing in the Republican primary, said that neither of those things would determine which party he'd caucus with if he was elected.
"I've always said I'll caucus with the people of Florida," Crist said.
Crist is in Washington to attend a campaign fundraiser hosted by prominent Democrats. But, he said neither party can count on having him on their side.
"I'm not going to commit to either one because i am only committed to the people of Florida," Crist said.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted July 22-27, Crist leads his top two challengers in a three-way battle for the Senate. Thirty-seven percent of Florida voters back Crist, with 32 percent supporting former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee, and 17 percent backing billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene, the Democrat. Fourteen percent of voters are undecided.