Charlie Crist opens up about party switch on national TV

Former Florida governor discusses political landscape on CNN

By Ashleigh Coran - Executive Producer
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Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (left) and current Gov. Rick Scott

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist opened up on national television Wednesday about his political party switch.

During an interview on "CNN's Piers Morgan Live", the Republican-turned-Democrat described what he thought of the GOP by referring to Jeb Bush.

"I think I'll quote Jeb Bush. He said it better than I ever could. 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 to Morgan, "Pretty soon there's nobody left in the room."

Crist also talks about his party change in his new memoir, titled "The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat."

Crist is again running for Florida governor, a position he held from 2007 to 2011, and is on the offensive against potential opponent, and current Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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