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Well everyone expected it but it was still something of a bombshell revelation he will go it alone Florida's governor Charlie Crist breaking away from the Republican Party.
To run as an independent in the US senate race.
He faces a tough competition now against Republican Marco Rubio and democratic congressman Kendrick Meek for that -- Crist says he will not about Bob back down he is vowing to be the people's senator Nicholas.
Unfortunately our political system is broken.
I was never one who thought to.
Hold elective office the demagogue your point fingers.
Public service has always been about putting the needs of our state and our people first.
So -- old Charlie Crist independence help or hurt his chances to win nine US senate seat.
Let's talk about it with Ari Fleischer former Press Secretary for president George W.
Bush what do you think I mean the cards weren't looking good for him as a Republican right.
David -- were decidedly not looking good for him and that's why he made this move and I'm very disappointed he did this job frankly.
I was Crist supporter in this primary I travel to Florida campaign for governor fists at his invitation and I was proud to do so.
But now -- I can no longer support governor Crist -- -- -- bailing out the rubio -- he bailed out I stayed the same.
And I regret that he -- left the Republican Party to do this but -- very -- for him to and the fundamental probably has is that there are eleven million registered voters in Florida.
Only two and a half million -- independence.
He's got -- really long uphill hard road to go to win but he's the sitting governor I mean he has name recognition that people know him.
He is a sitting governor he has name recognition people knew him.
And he was losing and Republican primary badly.
So we'll have a name recognition that he hasn't been that that politician he has.
May not serve -- all that well in the end now is we're seeing it so I think a lot of the problems going to be money.
Very hard to run -- floor unless you have a lot of money and he will have a money problem here or his people asking for money back and he wasn't able to raise a lot during the course of this.
There's a big states you've got expensive media markets like Miami and Tampa and Orlando you gotta spend that money.
On television advertising and so forth you think he's not gonna be able to keep up.
No he's gonna have a very difficult time keeping up but the evidence is that was -- -- Republican primary a sitting governor gets out raised.
By challenger candidate that shows is a real problem there and his many people many of them are you leaving him.
A lot of people say that.
That this actually hearkens back to his predecessor governor Jeb Bush the brother of your former boss that that his fingerprints are -- of all over this because he liked Marco Rubio better than.
Charlie Crist -- no question about that there's no love lost between Jeb Bush marked the -- and then governor Chris and that's a split the Republican Party there but it's a split that governor Crist could not win.
And Marco Rubio was able to win hands.
-- in the Republican Party and and hugging President Obama mind endorsing the stimulus program that didn't help him -- -- it was in the Republican -- it didn't they did not help I was thought the photo and -- Obama was unfair -- because sometimes.
People do that.
And the -- politicians nicely and it -- be over interpreted.
Nevertheless symbolically it really hurt governor Crist.
And his support for the stimulus heard about it but you're announcing right here you you're done with Charlie -- you're not you're not -- be supporting him I can no longer be conscious support governor -- several support -- rubio and I hope -- rubio wins and other Republicans you think -- to be doing the same.
I think virtually everybody's doing that.
I stayed with -- terrific offense through the primary I didn't do a lot but I -- go down and I -- -- -- I was proud to have done it.
-- he's crossed the rubicon he's left the party and I can't support you think that -- make it all the way to the general election as a candidate.
Oh I think you'll make it as a candle -- the general but I think the questions were coming number two from the number three he won't -- the number one.
Ari Fleischer the former spokesman for former president George W.
Bush thanks very much my pleasure --
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