Former Republican Crist scores debate tickets from Obama teamby Andrew Abramson | October 20th, 2012
DELRAY BEACH — Former Gov. Charlie Crist arrived in Palm Beach County Saturday night to celebrate his wife’s birthday. But before he could celebrate with a glass of wine and the FSU vs. Miami game at the Delray Beach Marriott, he was stuck in a bit of security traffic outside the hotel. The reason? Mitt Romney is also staying here.
Crist told The Palm Beach Post that he had no idea Romney was staying at the Marriott as the Republican nominee prepares for Monday’s presidential debate. And don’t expect very friendly exchanges if they cross paths. Crist switched from Republican to independent for his 2010 senatorial run and is now backing President Obama in the presidential race.
“I think he’ll do great,” Crist said of Obama in Monday’s debate.
Crist said foreign policy and national security, the topic of Monday’s debate, are strengths for Obama.
“Osama bin Laden, getting us out of war (in Iraq), there are so many positive things,” Crist said. “I’m very proud. He and Secretary Clinton have been tremendous with foreign relations.”
Crist has a jam-packed schedule before the debate. He will record a Today Show segment in Boynton Beach, appear with Democrat Joe Abruzzo in Century Village and appear on Chris Matthews from Lynn University Monday night before the debate. He said he also hopes to squeeze in some NFL on Sunday and catch the Tampa Bay Bucs.
While rumors persist that Crist will run as a Democrat against Rick Scott in the 2014 gubernatorial election, for now Crist is enjoying himself. Monday’s debate will be the first general presidential election debate he has attended. After speaking at the Democratic National Convention, Crist found out Friday night that he made the cut for the hottest ticket in the country, courtesy of the Obama campaign.