Charlie Crist does surrogate duty for Obama, rips Romney on tax plan and ‘binders full of women’by George Bennett | October 18th, 2012
Former Gov. Charlie Crist, a potential Republican vice presidential pick in 2008 who criticized Barack Obama as a surrogate for GOP nominee John McCain, returned to surrogate duty this afternoon — but this time for Obama.
Crist, who became an independent in 2010 and endorsed Obama in August, appeared on a Democratic conference call to bracket upcoming visits to Florida by Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan.
“As Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan come to our own state all they have to offer are empty promises and failed policies,” Crist said.
Echoing Obama’s stump speeches, Crist accused Romney of backing a deficit-busting $5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy and an unnecessary $2 trillion hike in defense spending.
“He asks for your vote, but he won’t tell you how he’s going to pay for these things,” Crist said.
Crist also picked up on this week’s popular Democratic theme of ridiculing Romney for his description during Tuesday’s debate of his efforts to recruit women for his administration when he was governor of Massachusetts.
“I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women,” Romney said. Critics pounced on the “binders full of women” phrase and Crist joined in today.
Crist said Romney “talked about (women) as resumes in a binder….He doesn’t understand the challenges they face.”
Crist added that Romney should have known of plenty of qualified female applicants from his prior experience in the business world.
“Why did Mitt Romney even need binders full of women to find qualified candidates?” Crist said.