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Charlie Crist Feels ‘Liberated’ Now that He Left the 'Racist, Anti-gay' GOP Behind: VIDEO

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In an interview last week with Fusion’s “America with John Ramos,” former Florida governor Charlie Crist said he left the Republican Party because of its racist and anti-gay positions and feels ‘liberated’ now that he’s a Democrat.

Said Crist of the GOP:

“They’re perceived now as being anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, anti-gay, anti-education, anti-environment. I just wasn’t comfortable being honest with myself and my core beliefs. I couldn’t stay.” 

When pressed by Ramos about his political motivations for leaving the party (switching to independent after losing the Republican primary for U.S. Senate to Marco Rubio in 2010), Crist reiterated that he ultimately left because the party didn’t represent his core beliefs:

"I left the Republican Party because Republican leadership went off the cliff. They are so far right now they won’t cooperate with the president on anything… I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs and stay with a party that was so unfriendly to the African American president. I’ll just go there."

Check out the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Speaking of gay Cypriots ...

    Posted by: JCTSF | May 10, 2014 2:33:27 PM


  2. Total political opportunist with no core values

    Posted by: Perry | May 10, 2014 2:39:08 PM


  3. Has Christie come out yet?

    The GOP had basically dumped him because of his transparent opportunism and the continual threat of outing.

    He got what he wanted out of the GOP and has nowhere to go but Independent because he had alienated the Dems as well.

    Sad man.

    Posted by: Topol | May 10, 2014 2:40:34 PM


  4. Too bad the country is heading for a sharp right shift.

    Posted by: Arrow | May 10, 2014 2:46:26 PM


  5. He is so full of it. When he lost the GOP primary he decides he didn't want it anyway? What a croc. They are all users.

    Posted by: Wendy3Becca | May 10, 2014 2:47:22 PM


  6. imagine how liberated he'd feel if he'd only come out of the closet.

    Posted by: alguien | May 10, 2014 2:53:23 PM


  7. Looks like Kyler needs to better edit his pieces before he uploads them. Referring to Charlie Crist as Christ is comical.

    Posted by: Peter | May 10, 2014 2:59:45 PM


  8. Charlie Crist has already accomplished 100 times more than all you loser commenters combined. And that's before his second term as governor starts next year.

    Posted by: Josh | May 10, 2014 3:37:52 PM


  9. I suspect even Christ would not find the grammar comical - "because of it’s (sic)racist and anti-gay positions."

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/apostrophe

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/apostrophe#it_s_or_its

    http://www.apostrophe.org.uk/

    Posted by: edude | May 10, 2014 3:40:54 PM


  10. This borderline sociopath should fool no one.....beware...

    Posted by: styler | May 10, 2014 4:03:12 PM


  11. Ha! A pro-education, pro-environment, pro-voting rights sociopath. My favorite kind!

    Posted by: Josh | May 10, 2014 4:05:53 PM


  12. The pro-Scott Republican trolls are out in force it seems.

    Posted by: Josh | May 10, 2014 4:14:06 PM


  13. He JUST NOW figured this out?!
    Please. This is just gross.
    Too little too late.

    Posted by: Marc | May 10, 2014 4:18:55 PM


  14. Crist endorsed President Obama at the 2012 Democratic convention. He is far superior to tea-party Gov. Rick Scott. The choice is simple enough.

    Posted by: Josh | May 10, 2014 4:23:53 PM


  15. Personally I don't have a high opinion of Charlie Crist, but he's definitly better than your average Republican politician nowadays.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | May 10, 2014 5:07:46 PM


  16. Good for him. He made the right decision. The easier we make it for people to cross over from the dark side, the more people will do it.

    Posted by: Merv | May 10, 2014 5:13:20 PM


  17. I'm sure he'll make a fine Democrat.

    Posted by: Kev C | May 10, 2014 5:42:54 PM


  18. Josh and Merv make the relevant and important points here. Charlie Christ is a decent and rational politician who has the best chance of defeating current Governor Rick Scott. Those who believe in moderation and realistic governance in the state of Florida should vote for him, and the same people outside of Florida should lend him their support as much as they possibly can.

    Posted by: RonCharles | May 10, 2014 6:41:39 PM


  19. Is he still married to Liza, uh, I mean Carol?

    Posted by: Enchantra | May 10, 2014 8:07:44 PM


  20. Scott trolls out lol. Go have a seat you bible thumping LOSERS. We're serving your Christian asses on a platter

    Posted by: DatDude | May 11, 2014 3:25:38 PM


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