From 2007 to 2011, Charlie Crist was the Republican governor of Florida. This year, he's endorsed President Obama for re-election, and he's actively campaigning for a president he calls "the right man for the job."
Today, he stopped by the Gotta Vote bus in Tampa to encourage Sunshine State voters to cast their ballots early for Barack Obama:
"Early voting officially begins in Florida tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. This is too important. It's too important for your future, too important for your children's future. Every little thing you do can make a difference. In Florida, we know what it's like to be close in a race. 537 votes in 2000 made all the difference in the world. Florida's the checkmate state. If we get Florida, there is almost no way for the opponents to get to the White House. …
"Barack Obama needs to be a two-term president. I got to know him during my last two years as governor, his first two years as president. What he did for Florida is dramatic and helpful beyond words. He saved so many of our public school teachers, firefighters, police officers' jobs. Without that Recovery Act funding, we wouldn't have been able to stabilize the economy and start growing again.
"This is the right thing to do. He's the right man for the job."