Crist tells Dems ‘I can win’ against ‘radical right’ Rubioby George Bennett | October 1st, 2010
In case you missed Gov. Charlie Crist’s hourlong sitdown with The Palm Beach Post editorial board this morning, the Republican-turned-independent governor made it pretty clear his strategy over the next month will be to paint GOP nominee Marco Rubio as a “radical-right” fringer and woo Democratic voters by convincing them that Dem nominee Kendrick Meek can’t win.
Several recent polls show Rubio opening up a double-digit lead over Crist, with U.S. Rep. Meek a distant third.
“I can win,” Crist told the editorial board when asked about the difference between himself and Meek.
Crist continued: “And I think that it’s important in this race, unless you want to have a radical right U.S. Senator, a decision has to be made pretty fast, in the next 32 days. What’s the reasonable alternative, and can it be victorious? I’m that person. I’m number two in every poll I’ve seen….And God bless the congressman (Meek), he’s a fine person, a good guy, I like him. But I don’t want to have Marco Rubio as my United States Senator.”
At one point in the editorial board interview, Crist referred to Rubio as “a Jeb Bush guy.”
Afterward, Crist was reminded that he once called himself a “Jeb Bush Republican.”
“Yeah, well, that’s changed,” Crist said. “I think Jeb and I both agree on that. I’m not even a Republican.”
Crist was then asked if he had changed or if Bush had changed.
“I think the party’s changed, dramatically,” Crist said. “I think it’s gone hard right. It’s why I had to veto ultrasound, it’s why I had to veto Senate Bill 6. I think they’ve lost their minds, really, the hard-right part of the party.”