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In a live primetime interview with Piers Morgan, on Wednesday evening, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist said becoming a Democrat has been "much better than I ever imagined it could be."
Both Crist and his wife Carol are Republicans turned Democrat – a decision she made first, then he followed a year later.
In his new book, entitled "The Party is Over; how the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP", the Sunshine State's one-time top politician explained what he feels is an extremist element within the current GOP:
“Today's Republican Party, at least the leadership, is perceived as being anti-women, anti-minority, anti-education, anti-gay couples, anti-environment,” Crist said, quoting his friend and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. “Pretty soon there's nobody left in the room.”
Still grateful to the president for visiting his state during “the throes of a great recession,” Christ described the push-back he experienced following his infamous hug with Barack Obama in Fort Myers in 2009:
“Even some of the people on my staff said 'Governor, are you sure you want to go down [from Tallahassee to Southwest Florida.]' I said 'why would you say that?' They said, ‘he's a Democrat.’ I said ‘wait a minute, this man is the President of the United States of America and he's coming here to help us,’” reviewed Crist, summarizing the types of exchanges that likely impacted his party switch.
On Wednesday evening, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani voiced concern regarding the safety of athletes and fans at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Sochi.
“Russia’s such a big place,” Giuliani told Piers Morgan. “The tensions are so tremendous, that it’s gonna be really hard to contain the threat outside of that compound.”
A recent CNN poll shows fifty-seven percent of viewers feel there will likely be a terror attack at the Winter Games. But despite the mounting concern, Giuliani did express on overall sense of support for their efforts put forth by the host country:
“It’s the general feeling about this Olympics, that the Russians have probably done a good job at protecting the inside of the Olympics.”
In discussing recent concerns over possible toothpaste tube explosives on flights into Sochi, Giuliani again preached caution:
“Obviously, if you’re gonna go, you better be careful,” he said. “And you should have a pretty good reason to go because there’s a little more risk here than would normally be the case.”