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Hardball’s Matthews tells Crist ‘You’re not a Reagan Republican’

by Dara Kam | December 13th, 2010

Gov. Charlie Crist appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball this evening after attending the startup “No Labels” nonpartisan political group meeting in D.C. today.

Crist responded to Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s flat-out rejection of compromise (“I reject the word”) on 60 Minutes.

“It’s unbelievable,” Crist, an independent, told Hardball host Chris Matthews.

“To have common sense means that you have to compromise, trying to do what’s right for the people instead of the party. I think what you see is evidence of the fact that there are certain segments of both parties that view compromise as a dirty word. And if you say you’re willing to compromise, in other words use common sense, try to do what’s right for the people instead of the party, then you may get shunned by your political party,” said Crist, who was indeed shunned by Florida Republican leaders after dumping the party and running as an independent for U.S. Senate. Crist lost to Republican Marco Rubio.

Matthews called Crist an Eisenhower Republican, prompting Crist to identify himself with other moderate Republicans, including Ronald Reagan.

Matthews interrupted him.

“No, no you’re not a Reagan Republican. No you’re not,” Matthews insisted.

Crist pointed out that Reagan and then-U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill, a Democrat, worked together despite their ideological and political differences.

“They had the common sense and the civility to be able to get together after hours, a couple of Irishmen, and have a cold one,” Crist said. “We have to get back to that point where there can be personal relationships where some people in one party and those in another party are really treated as traitors if they dare to break bread with somebody else. Especially in this season, that’s just not the right thing to do. We need to come together for the country and put the country ahead of the party in order for the people to be victorious in the end.”

Former state Sen. Dave Aronberg, a Greenacres Democrat, also attended the “No Labels” session today.

Aronberg lost a primary race for attorney general to former state Sen. Dan Gelber, who lost to Republican Pam Bondi in the general election.

“When I was running for office, I was accused of not being Democratic enough,” said Aronberg, who had to leave the Senate to run for AG – and so is now out of a job. “That’s ridiculous. I’m tired of the hyper-partisanship in politics.”

- The News Service of Florida contributed to this blog.

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21 Responses to “Hardball’s Matthews tells Crist ‘You’re not a Reagan Republican’”

  1. Be Nice Says:

    Yeah, Chris Matthews is certainly the expert on all things political. Ha!

  2. Brian O'Donaghy Says:

    I’m sick of the dems, reps, extreme liberals, tea party hardheads and all others who seek only power, control, money, and inside info for their own party or group instead of governing and doing what’s right for ALL AMERICANS. So I’ll check out this No Labels outfit. Hope it’s not more of the same.
    “Now wouldn’t it be a real drag if we were all the same” – Savoy Brown

  3. Unreal Says:

    Crist isn’t a partisan. He is only about Charlie. His only positions are what he thinks will help him get elected.

    Take your last few minutes of the spotlight Charlie, because Chris Matthews and the rest forgot your name the second you left the stage. Buh Bye.

  4. Diane Says:

    Yes charlie was about charlie who voted with the Republicans until the past two months when he ran.

    Poor Dave…he is confused. We never questioned if your Democratic values just your maturity level.

    Like we knew…true colors always show.

  5. Marilyn Says:

    I found the irony in all this we are independent theme going on with some D’s who are just antichoice.

    If you were leaders you would lead with the values the Real Democrats share…the Clinton Democrat…not Bill Hillary.

    Yet when your leader sorry sold out Wexler made sure the vote was not counted for who the people voted for just like the Meek situation you stayed silent.

    Your are not independent…you are weak.

    There is a difference…Sanders is the only independent because it seems there are no strong Democrats or Republicans.

    You Aronberg and Crist are both weak in your convictions and prolifers, spend like drunken sailors and you both have no idea who or what you represented.

    That is why you lost.


  6. Mark Says:

    The people voted and Charlie LOST!

  7. Kelly Says:

    Hell no he isn’t!

  8. Jan Says:

    But Crist and Aronberg can sleep at night knowing they are not part of the corruption going on in the two parties! You have leading Florida Republicans who were totally broke when they entered politics and came out as rich guys. Rich from the money we are paying legislators?

  9. joel goodman Says:

    I wonder if Charlie the “switch hitter” made little tingle or tinkles run down Matthews leg.Neither of these “men”??? have a lot of credibility on any subject except themselves……..`

  10. panola Says:

    Recently we were joking about Chris Matthew’s “Leave to Beaver” style haircut. Our neighbors claim he wears a hair piece, while my wife and I say it’s just a bad comb over.

    Which is it???

  11. Who is Paying For CharLIE To Continue To Play Politics After We Beat Him Says:

    CharLIE lost and the people of Florida won! Why in the hell is he still policiking? He should be in the governors officer 24/7 poliching the furniture and cleaning the urinals (I’ll bet he’d love that just for a chance to catch a peek at a nice one!)

    I see no reason we should have to out up with Crist, Sink of McCollum ever again! They give 266 millions of my retirement money to her Bank of America and they lost it! When Obama bailed them out they did not repay the Florida retirement funds! They and a lot more of them should be in the pen on top of a rock pile making little ones out of bigh ones!

  12. Menena Says:


    They can sleep at night but they are both part of the corruption just the middle men for both parties.

    Ask Davie about his 527 or Crist about Wexler ….they all fall from the same tree.

    At least you can sleep at night thinking your pipedreams are true.

    Let Irv Serve

  13. al equal Says:

    Hardball ? No self respecting American should watch the garbage on MSNBC .

  14. Real Conservative Says:

    Clinton came to D.C. poor and left a multi millionaire….Reagan didnt capitulate he stood up like a man and walked the walk….Crist is a liberal and like all liberals he “hides” what he really believes unless he loses an election then he “switches back”.

  15. Real Conservative Says:

    If Crist were a real Republica he would accpeted the will of the people and not “switched” to being an independent who said he would caucus with the Dems if he won.

  16. Real Conservative Says:

    At least Matthews is an honest lib……..he admits he gets all “tingly up his leg” over Obama.

  17. A true independent Says:

    Reagan was Irish? How did he become President then? I thought you had to be a natural born American to be President…except for Obama of course. Mathews is still on the air??? Who knew??

  18. A true independent Says:

    HA HA HA – Honest lib…now there’s an oxymoron..

  19. Larry Snowden Says:

    So because Reagan and Tip O’Neal were supposedly drinking buddies…Charlie Christ can call himself a Reagan Republican? Nice try Charlie! You are so finished it’s unreal!

  20. Blackman Says:

    Wow. Obama bailed out Bank of America? Get your facts straight. I think Charlie is a Reagan Repub. Why? He’s a liar. He was a poor governor. He catered to the rich. He left the country/state in a huge deficit when he left office. Poor and middle class folk were in worst shape after they left office. I could go on…

  21. theloneconsumer Says:

    Did you actually listen to Crist on Hardball “lift up” Reagan and O’Neill, “two irish men that had a cold one” after compromise?! HAHAH
    When did Crist ever plan a budget, notify the Florida Congress his budget?! Never! He waited til the cuts were made, them VETOED and looked like the savior!
    After 4 years of that, no direction, compromise or leadership, of course Crist bolted the GOP-with $6 MILLION in money all the OP fundraisers raised for him.
    And check, he still had MILLIONS left over that his sister controlled. And he’ll spend it liker ousted FEENEY spend the end of his ‘nest egg.”

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