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Crist book details GOP tilt to right, less explicit on Crist’s own attempts to ‘buff up’ his conservative cred

by George Bennett | January 21st, 2014

Just in time for his 2014 Democratic campaign for governor, Charlie Crist‘s new book will hit stores next month and offer his explanation of his journey from longtime Republican elected official to indie Senate candidate to Barack Obama-embracing Democrat.

Crist’s main contention is that his moderate politics haven’t changed while the GOP has veered dangerously to the right. He offers plenty of examples — including the Terri Schiavo case, the fight over his 2009 pick of James Perry for the Florida Supreme Court and the rise of the tea party.

But Crist isn’t as detailed about his own efforts to woo GOP conservatives in 2009 and 2010 while pursuing the Republican nomination for a Senate seat.

“I did what I could to buff up my conservative cred…I can’t deny I might have shaded my feelings a little and emphasized the parts I knew the (conservative Republican primary) voters wanted to hear. Looking back at those days, I do cringe a little,” Crist writes of his final months in the GOP.

The book doesn’t go into much more detail than that, however. Crist’s “buff up” phase including calling for the repeal of Obamacare, opposing Sonia Sotomayor‘s nomination to the Supreme Court and airing a radio ad that criticized Obama on fiscal issues.

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