Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist endorsed President Barack Obama today in an op-ed for the Tampa Bay Times.
“I’m confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation.”
Crist’s endorsement for President Obama also came with an insult to the Republican party. The former governor writes that an element of the Republican party has moved so far to the right that the GOP has proven itself to be “incapable of governing for the people.”
Crist uses Todd Akin, who recently made comments about how women can’t get pregnant during a “legitimate rape,” as an example of the GOP’s extreme views.
Crist writes :
“An element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they’ve proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims.”
The Wall Street Journal notes that Charlie Crist lost his 2010 bid for the senate to Marco Rubio. Many people blamed the loss on Crist’s close affiliation with the President.
“I didn’t stand with our president because of what it could mean politically; I did it because uniting to recover from the worst financial crisis of our lifetimes was more important than party affiliation.”
Are you a fan of Charlie Crist? Do you believe that the Republican party is “incapable of governing for the people?”