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Barack Obama Endorses Charlie Crist for Congress

President Barack Obama endorsed former Gov. Charlie Crist in his campaign for Congress on Monday, according to a release from Crist's campaign team. 

"Governor Charlie Crist has always put people above politics – and we need more of that in Washington,” said Obama. “As Governor, in the face of partisan attacks, he had the courage to save jobs and lead his state into economic recovery. He had the wisdom to recognize that climate change is real and act to fight it. And he had the decency to expand, not restrict, our right to vote. I know he’ll bring the people’s voice to Congress, and I’ve got his back.”

Crist said the president was a "great friend" of his, and said he felt "humbled" by the endorsement. 

The former Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat will face off against Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., who dropped his bid to run for U.S. Senate to replace Marco Rubio on Friday. 

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