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Charlie Crist on 'Morning Joe' cites Jeb Bush bashing GOP for being seen as 'anti-everything'

@MarcACaputo

Charlie Crist spent about four minutes on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today and made the most of each second.

Plugging his new book, “The Party’s Over,” Crist gave his standard spiel about how the Republican Party grew more extreme over time and how, culminating with his embrace of President Obama, he eventually became a Democrat who’s now running for his old job as governor. (My take on the book here).

The mere existence of the smooth-talking Crist deranges some Republicans. And Crist knows it. And he knows how to throw salt on the wound: Quote his predecessor, Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, about what’s happening to the GOP.

“Jeb Bush said it better than I can say it,” Crist said. “He said today’s Republican Party is perceived as being anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, anti-gay couples, anti-environment, anti-education. I mean, pretty soon, there’s nobody left in the room.”

Bush didn’t exactly say that last year at CPAC. But it was close: "We're associated with being anti-everything. Way too many people believe that Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker. Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates because those voters feel unloved, unwanted, and unwelcome in our party."

Crist is certainly unwelcome in the party, having left before he lost a GOP Senate primary to Marco Rubio in 2010 despite assurances that he’d remain a Republican.

Asked about his positions on immigration and gay marriage, Crist filibustered to tell the story of how his relatives came to the United States from Greece and Lebanon. He also mentioned that “I like the president supported, in the past, civil unions.”

True, in the past, Crist did support civil unions. But he also cast a vote against a type of civil union by voting in 2008 for Florida’s gay-marriage ban, which targets the “substantial equivalent” of marriage for same-sex couples.

Crist’s past reversals were too good for Gov. Rick Scott to pass up in the first paid TV ad of the cycle that featured past quotes from Democrats criticizing Crist as “an opportunist.”

That 30-second spot from Scott’s political committee, Let’s Get to Work, was featured on “Morning Joe” as an introduction. So it wasn’t the best way to start out of the gate.

 

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Hmmmm

Of course Crist can’t discern what Jeb meant by “Way too many people believe that Republicans are anti-…” Crist couldn’t articulate a position if his life depended on it.

Crist was part of the problem of why people believe that... Crist just says he is for everything the current crowd he is with supports, regardless if he was against it last week.

Ed Jenkins

As we have seen in the past this scumbag crist has no substance and morals and will use any means for his own benefit at the expense of the citizens and everyone else which is why his campaigns meltdown in the end and result in embarrassing losses. The citizens already despise this most hated former governor and now it appears that his meltdown is beginning as he attacks the most popular former governor in our state's history in an incredibly stupid move greatly angering the citizens.

Bill McCollum

Ed,

Even I can see above that he praised the former Governor Bush and certainly did not attack.

Bill

Richard Paul Dembinksy

Google ...thanks jeb

Richard Paul Dembinksy

Please allow me to give YOU new prediction:

AS I predicted the Super Bowl...Sea Hawks by 4 touch downs....but everyone believe in the famous guy.

Same is true here...I informed Janet Reno years ago she will not win the Democratic Primary....I was correct.

Okay, You have a nice poll for Charlie Crist...but the big money is on the Republicans....they can get those old Good time people out for one more 4 year term of Honorable Governor Rick Scott....

Just watch what happens on June 1, 2014; if I continue with my Senate Race District 8 to challenge Dorothy Hukill YOU will KNOW that my polling of independents determined investing $1200 for run as NPA is justified. It will mean Charlie Crist will win the democratic primary and win over Honorable Governor Scott.

Here is the update on MY prediction if NO one runs against Dorothy Hukill or Dave Hood .....that means Charlie Crist will surely not win Volusia County.

At this point I don't believe POT supporting Charlie Crist will allow a win in the swing county of Volusia.

Mr. Morgan may have invested millions to get POT on the ballot; but if the economy goes down further as I expect....the Good Independent voters will end POT and Charlie Crist.

Nevertheless, I pray Dorothy Hukill decides to retire early.

It is time Senate District 8 swing to removal of the incumbent.

Enough is Enough.

Remember on June 1, 2014 go to my websites onballot.com and whocareshalloffame.com

If democrats fail to get some candidates soon why would any independent voter was time going to the polls.

Please Democrats stand up before June 1, 2014.

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