Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said he thinks President Barack Obama has been "trying awfully hard" to do the right things for the country, and he wouldn't rule out voting for him.
Crist, who left the Republican Party during his unsuccessful 2010 U.S. Senate bid to run as an independent, told MSNBC's Chuck Todd he would "consider" voting for Obama in November.
“Consider? Sure, I would consider that,” said Crist. “I really think he’s sincere and genuine. I think we have a lot time, a lot of issues to talk about, but I think, in his heart, he’s trying to do what’s right for the country overall.”
Now a registered independent, Crist also said, when pressed by Todd, that he would consider a run for office as a Democrat.
“I wouldn’t definitively rule out anything,” the former governor said.
Crist was a big proponent of moving Florida's primary up in the calendar.
"Florida is such a megastate...having an opportunity for a state this size to weigh in on the national level" is good for the country, Crist said.
Newt Gingrich has been critical of his rival Mitt Romney, and has been using Crist's name to criticize the former Massachusetts' governor's ties to Crist. Gingrich has noted that a number of former Crist staffers and supporters are now backing Romney's presidential bid.
Asked if that line is good politics, Crist said, "I really don't know."
Since leaving office, Crist has worked in the private sector as an attorney with the law firm Morgan & Morgan.
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