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Charlie Crist plays the race card (again): some in GOP bash Obama due to race

@MarcACaputo

Charlie Crist is playing the race card. Again.

In a Tuesday interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, the Democratic candidate for governor said a “big reason” he left the GOP was that he felt increasingly uncomfortable that the party opposed President Obama due to his race.

“I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president, I’ll just go there,” Crist said. “I was a Republican and I saw the activists and what they were doing, it was intolerable to me.”

Ramos said Crist left the GOP to run as an independent because he was losing the 2010 Senate Republican primary to Marco Rubio. But Crist denied it.

 Crist has made race an on-again and off-again theme as he campaigns for his old job back with his third party affiliation.

“Being a flip-flopper is bad enough but playing the race card to win over voters is pitiful,” said Izzy Santa, Republican National Committee spokeswoman.

Crist, saying he was “liberated as a Democrat," also bashed the GOP for being too inflexible and for appearing to be “anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, [and] anti-gay."

Black voters are particularly important to Crist. They comprise 28 percent of the 4.1 million active registered Democrats, and he still has to beat former state Sen. Nan Rich in a party primary before facing Gov. Rick Scott.

In a general election, black voters are key for Democrats. Along with Hispanics, African-American voters have disproportionately stayed home during midterm elections, allowing more Republican-leaning white voters to dominate and elect GOP office holders. Black and Hispanic voters each account for about 14 percent of all active registered voters.

Crist has generally good relationships with black voters and leaders. He probably had the highest proportion of African-American support of any Republican when he won the governor's office in 2006 as a Republican. As governor, Crist championed civil rights causes, opposed racial language in the official state song and was called Florida's "first black governor" by some African-American lawmakers.

In standing with Obama to support the stimulus package in 2009, Crist won a measure of support from black voters but he also earned the enmity of the GOP. In 2012, Crist campaign for Obama and boosted his profile further with black voters.

But Crist's decision to run as an independent and help cost Democrat Kendrick Meek votes in the 2010 Senate race left some African-American leaders upset with the former governor.

Crist's comments to Fusion weren't the first time he used racial imagery.

In February, while plugging his new book The Party's Over on Comedy Central's "Colbert Report," Crist said some Republicans opposed Obama's stimulus act in 2009 because he was "not just a Democrat, an African-American."

"Oh, you're not going to play the race card," Colbert replied.

I'm not going to play it, no," Crist responded.

"You just did," Colbert said. "Would you like to pick it up again and put it in your pocket? Because you just played the race card."

Looks like it happened again.

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ed jenkins

Democrat primary voters are horrified that party leaders have not yet pulled the plug on this disastrous campaign and found a new preferred candidate or even supported the nancy lady who is a true democrat unlike the scumbag crist who moves from party to party looking for ways to stay relevant. This embarrassing episode is the latest in this predicted campaign meltdown that has included insulting popular former governors, supporting communist dictators, offending family friendly Floridians and being caught in a judicial nominating commission pay for play scandal. This democrat primary voter has long ago decided to vote for true democrat nancy if no other choice is given and it appears that most other democrat primary voters are now feeling the same.

Rhonda

Give em hell Charlie!

Hmmmm...

From Chain Gang Charlie and a Jeb Bush Republican to elected Governor and reducing requirements on criminals in record time, and you think it was a hug and racial issues that got you in trouble with the Republican Party?

You sir are still clueless!

Ozark_Sunshine

Charlie Christ - the poster boy for ignorant libtards. He's lying about the Republicans and race. So what does he do, he joins the racist Democratic Party, where he belongs. The party of the KKK, La Raza, MALDEF, LULAC, NAACP, SPLC, Congressional Black Caucus. The Party that supports killing minority babies by funding Planned Parenthood. The Party that enjoys keeping minorities poor and ignorant and enslaved to the government plantation. The party that supports racial quotas instead of the best qualified. Dems are nothing but empty shirts. You can't argue facts, you play the race card. Charlie you fit in well since we see you are a racist, too. Not to mention being shown to be a liar and a hypocrite.

Highly paid Republican operative

Charlie Christ?

Ozark proof read before you hit post.

tallyguy1

Charlie is far from clueless. Classless? Morally bankrupt? Ethically challenged? Yep!

Highly paid Republican operative

tallyguy1:

Are you who I think you are?

If so say hello to the Boss.

goodie

From a guy who used racial politics to get attention in office - a guy who wanted black kids on chain gangs on the sides of the road to make a point - to the guy who is calling Republicans bigots with not a shred of evidence of anything.

Feels like I'm in an alternative universe that he would be able to get away with such an ad hominem personal attack on Republicans.

Redundant

I like Nan Rich more than I like Charlie Crist but Rick Scott come in a distant third. Scott is obviously, and without apology, out to buy another election. Anyone that has to refuse to answer questions because he might incriminate himself about defrauding Medicare of billions of dollars does not deserve a position of leadership.

Sandy Marc

"big reason” he left the GOP was that he felt increasingly uncomfortable that the party opposed President Obama due to his race."

This IS BS!!! I know many who voted for Obama because he is half black. Second time around they didn't vote for Obama and realized he was INCOMPETENT!

I didn't vote for Obama because he had/has NO experience in military, business, financial or hardwork!

He went to University to be a lawyer and taught law for a period of time but was NEVER a professor or tenured and college friend GAVE HIS THE JOB AS COMMUNITY ORGANINZER!

As far as I am concerned he knows how to spend big bucks on himself/family going on vacations making really bad choices not only of green enterprises that went bankrupt and gave him re-election money but his choices in appointments for the government!

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