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VIDEO: AP: Crist Mulling Independent Run For Senate (From FOX's Special Report)
RealClearPolitics ^ | April 19, 2010 | RealClearPolitics

Posted on 04/19/2010 4:00:02 PM PDT by ianschwartz

Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) tells the AP he is considering running as an independent for Florida's open Senate seat.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: charliecrist; marcorubio

1 posted on 04/19/2010 4:00:03 PM PDT by ianschwartz
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To: ianschwartz
Who would vote for him?
Rubio has the conservative base and the independents locked up. The far-left kooks will just vote for the Dem.
Crist should withdraw from the race and challenge Nelson in 2012.
2 posted on 04/19/2010 4:02:12 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Obamunism: You have two cows. The regime redistributes them and shoots you dead)
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To: ianschwartz

Considering my a$$, we all know what he is going to do.


3 posted on 04/19/2010 4:04:07 PM PDT by JoSixChip (It's time to embrace the madness! The sooner we default the sooner we can reorganize.)
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To: ianschwartz
All he'll do is split the left . . .

RUN, CHARLIE, RUN!






I still don't think he'll run, though . . .

4 posted on 04/19/2010 4:04:29 PM PDT by blues_guitarist (ISLAM=DEATH!! . . . . . . black & humble . . .)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The real question is WHO WOULD PAY.

Crist is a mercenary. He runs for office for money.

The Democrats see indpendent crist as a way to open the path for Meeks.

The NRSC does not like tea party people. Remember NY 23, Steele essentially stepped aside to allow the party candidate win over the voter elected candidate.


5 posted on 04/19/2010 4:08:05 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ianschwartz
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6 posted on 04/19/2010 4:09:18 PM PDT by pillut48 ("Stand now. Stand together. Stand for what is right."-Gov.Sarah Palin, "Going Rogue")
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To: blues_guitarist

That’s what I am thinking — he will split the left as he sure is not going to get any conservative support. I would doubt if he runs as an Indy but as a very good friend told me when it comes to Crist, don’t count anything out. That was not said as a positive!


7 posted on 04/19/2010 4:10:43 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Rick Perry - TX Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 !)
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To: blues_guitarist

That’s what I am thinking — he will split the left as he sure is not going to get any conservative support. I would doubt if he runs as an Indy but as a very good friend told me when it comes to Crist, don’t count anything out. That was not said as a positive!


8 posted on 04/19/2010 4:10:49 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Rick Perry - TX Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 !)
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To: longtermmemmory

NRSC Cornyn has already told Crist the NRSC will support Rubio if he runs as an Indy and warned Crist that the NRSC will make defeating Crist a priority.


9 posted on 04/19/2010 4:11:59 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Rick Perry - TX Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 !)
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To: PhiKapMom

bttt


10 posted on 04/19/2010 4:12:27 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I don't know about that...I read where the polls say he would win as an Independent. A recent poll showed Crist is trailing Rubio badly in the GOP primary but could win a three-way race with him and likely Democratic nominee U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek. Last year, polls showed Crist ahead by more than 40 percent. Today he is down 23 percent.
11 posted on 04/19/2010 4:13:10 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: JoSixChip

He made his choice, he is just looking to justify it or to see is there is a better offer.

keep in mind he married a well connected/monied family. (see McCain) If he does not run they he is little more than an amoeba in the ego department.


12 posted on 04/19/2010 4:14:51 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Crist should withdraw and go sit on a bench in St. Pete.


13 posted on 04/19/2010 4:17:23 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (i)
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To: longtermmemmory

He got married to hide his.....


14 posted on 04/19/2010 4:18:22 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (i)
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To: pillut48

Dead Solid Perfect album cover!


15 posted on 04/19/2010 4:32:16 PM PDT by Waryone (Does not play nice with RINOs)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
E-cubed, I believe Fox had a poll showing a three way race going Crist 32%, Rubio 31%, and the dim around 27%. The point was Crist would win. I think that is nonsense but that was the jist of the report.
16 posted on 04/19/2010 4:33:26 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: ianschwartz

I specifically heard Crist say in a debate with Rubio on Fox a couple weeks ago that he would not under any circumstances run as an Independent. Pray tell...does Crist lie?


17 posted on 04/19/2010 4:49:12 PM PDT by kimoajax (Rack'em & Stack'em)
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To: ianschwartz

Crist seems to be a very spiteful man. Since the republicans won’t vote for him he wants to make sure a democrat wins by running as an independant.


18 posted on 04/19/2010 4:50:54 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: All

Shep said Crist is nearing a decision....


19 posted on 04/19/2010 4:52:02 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Obamunism: You have two cows. The regime redistributes them and shoots you dead)
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To: Hildy

I don’t know about that...I read where the polls say he would win as an Independent. “A recent poll showed Crist is trailing Rubio badly in the GOP primary but could win a three-way race with him and likely Democratic nominee U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek. Last year, polls showed Crist ahead by more than 40 percent. Today he is down 23 percent. “


Crist has a very good chance of winning running as an independent. He is able to get the Independent voters, and can pull Dems away from Meek.

Also, it will be easier for Crist to go after Rubio for his RNC credit card abuse....which he was limited to doing while still GOP.....not sure if Crist will go after Rubio for his pro-Illegal Alien doings while Speaker of Florida House

This Crist running Indy talk has been going on for a month now.....so no surprise if Crist runs as an Indy, and wins. Meek is a Liberal....and Rubio is not the conservative people think he is.


20 posted on 04/19/2010 4:52:11 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (JD Hayworth for Senate ..... jdforsenate.com)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

Hogwash. Conservatives and independents are behind Rubio.


21 posted on 04/19/2010 4:53:33 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Obamunism: You have two cows. The regime redistributes them and shoots you dead)
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To: Nuc1

It was a Quinnipiac poll. Meanwhile Ras did a poll a few weeks ago (likely voters) that showed Crist would come in last, well behind Meek.

Independents typically poll better early in the race than they do on election day.


22 posted on 04/19/2010 5:43:38 PM PDT by freespirited (I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise. --Robert Frost)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
  You're right. Election math is just bad when 3 or more are running. It makes it easier to get someone that a majority would never support. Crist certainly knows this and if he runs as an independent, it really should be a signal to everyone that he is not to be trusted.
23 posted on 04/19/2010 5:43:40 PM PDT by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

From what I’m reading indies are moving to the right. Why would Crist, running as an independent, be attractive to them? I thought indies were deserting the left because they are rejecting Marxism. By definition that would include RINOs.


24 posted on 04/19/2010 6:04:01 PM PDT by dools007
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Maybe he’s trying to negotiate a deal...bow out gracefully for the full backing as a Republican in a future run. I hope he just goes away.


25 posted on 04/19/2010 6:36:23 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: ianschwartz

Sunday, 3/28/10
CHRIS WALLACE, HOST
CHARLIE CRIST

WALLACE: ...have been persistent rumors in Florida that you are so far behind, at least currently, in the polls...that you may run instead as an independent. Here is your chance to dispel all the rumors. Are you willing to pledge right here, right now that you will run in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate and not run as an independent?

CRIST: I’m running as a Republican...

WALLACE: So are you ruling out that you will file as an independent by the April 30th deadline?

CRIST: That’s right. That’s right. I’m running as a Republican.

WALLACE: You will run not for a governor — you’ll run for Senate, and you will run as a — in the Republican primary.

CRIST: ...I’m running as a Republican...

WALLACE: Will you support the winner of the GOP primary, whether it’s you or Marco Rubio?

CRIST: Of course I will...

WALLACE: Well, I’m going to get — I’m going to — I’ll give you an opportunity for a final statement. I just want to say, though, you are saying you are going to run in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. You will not run on the no party affiliation line.

CRIST: That’s right. That’s right. That’s what I’m saying.


26 posted on 04/20/2010 5:01:40 AM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: freespirited

Thanks. I hope Crist comes in last. I am sick of greasy weasels like him running this nation.


27 posted on 04/20/2010 3:12:12 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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