08/27/2012 09:02 am ET Updated Aug 27, 2012

Charlie Crist To Speak At Democratic Convention In Charlotte

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will speak at the Democratic convention in Charlotte next week, according to ABC News.

The news comes on the heels of the Republican-turned-independent endorsing President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the race for the White House.

From the Huffington Post:

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist endorsed President Obama for reelection on Sunday, writing in a Tampa Bay Times op-ed that the president is "the right leader for our state and the nation."

"I applaud and share his vision of a future built by a strong and confident middle class in an economy that gives us the opportunity to reap prosperity through hard work and personal responsibility," Crist writes. "It is a vision of the future proven right by our history."

Crist abandoned his affiliation with the GOP in 2010 during his campaign for Senate in the Sunshine State. Sen. Marco Rubio secured the Republican nomination in that race and went on to win in the general election.



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