Charlie Crist reiterates support for Barack Obama

On the conference call, Crist said there wasn't a particular moment that inspired him to support the president, but said issues like immigration, education and voter suppression ("you can go down the line") were critical in his calculations for making an endorsement. He said the real key was getting to know Obama in 2009 and 2010, as the two interacted on occasion when their terms as governor and president intersected.

Crist remains an unrepentant supporter of the American Recovery Act, aka the stimulus, which he says helped the state immensely in retaining teachers, police and firefighters. "I appreciated that, and was grateful for it."

The former GOP governor also said that he was mightily impressed by the White House's dedication and vigilance on monitoring the Deepwater Horizon disaster back in the spring of 2010 and the deleterious effects it could potentially have on the Sunshine State.

When asked if he was hoping for a Cabinet position for his efforts in campaigning for the president, Crist demurred, insisting that was "the last thing I'm thinking about it," adding it's all about working over the course of the next 19 days to see Obama get re-elected.

  • The president & Charlie Crist in Seminole in September

With Paul Ryan making campaign stops in Ocala and Fort Myers on Thursday, it was no surprise that the Democratic National Committee would host a conference call with a spokesperson bashing the Romney-Ryan ticket.

However the choice of campaign surrogate was a little spicier than usual in the person of former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist.

The now independent Crist, a private citizen who may or may not consider a run for governor in 2014 as a Democrat, endorsed Barack Obama back in August and has been treated with respect by Democratic party officials ever since, including being given a speaking slot at last month's party convention in Charlotte.

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