Hillary Clinton-Charlie Crist Ticket in 2016?

By: Jeff Henderson | Posted: November 23, 2013 3:55 AM
Hillary Clinton and Charlie Crist

Hillary Clinton and Charlie Crist

Charlie Crist could be playing for high stakes beyond Tallahassee come 2014 as he could end up on Hillary Clinton’s short list in 2016.

Back when he was a Republican, Crist looked to play at the national level. Long before he was governor, Crist was running for the U.S. Senate against Bob Graham. Instead of running for a second term as governor, which would have been a slam dunk, Crist once again looked to move to the Senate. Back in 2008, after helping deliver the Florida primary to John McCain, Crist looked to join the Republican ticket as his running mate. Crist came close and ended up nominating Sarah Palin who ended up as the vice presidential candidate.

Crist left the GOP in 2010 and joined the Democrats two years later. Now he’s running for governor and has a good shot at beating Rick Scott next year. If Crist wins, he will be a much bigger star at the national level than he was during his first term as governor. Besides presiding over the largest swing state in the nation, Crist will get national attention with his various party switches.

All of this could lead to a second opportunity for Crist to make a run at the vice presidency. Clinton is a heavy favorite to be the Democratic presidential nomination. The name most often brought up as a good running mate for Clinton is Mark Warner. Admittedly, Warner makes sense for Clinton. He comes from Virginia which should be a battleground state in 2016. With a background as governor and a U.S. senator, Warner has a wealth of experience which would qualify him to be president. Warner is also seen as a moderate Democrat, helping Clinton, who has been seen as a liberal in her more than 20 years on the national stage, winning centrist voters.

Despite his recent conversion to the Democrats, Crist has much the same credentials as Warner. As a former Republican, he would be seen as a moderate, helping win over independents and voters worried Clinton is too liberal. Crist could help reel-in moderate Republicans for Clinton. He also hails from Florida which should be a battleground state in 2016.

There are some downsides, of course, to Crist ending up on the Democratic ticket. Republicans will have a field day bashing him as a flip-flopper and liberals could slam the pick. But Crist will have some experience with that since Republicans will hammer him on this in the gubernatorial race.

Clinton probably won’t choose Crist though he could end up on her short list. Regardless, if he wins, Crist will be much more prominent on the national stage as a Democrat than he was as a Republican in the shadow of Jeb Bush.

Tallahassee political writer Jeff Henderson wrote this analysis piece exclusively for Sunshine State News.

Comments (8)

2:04PM DEC 4TH 2013
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10:24AM NOV 24TH 2013
Looky, looky . . . . another pseudonym, another commercial ad . . . SSN's been taken over . . . . or ignoring that "You agree not to upload, post or otherwise transmit, without SSN’s express prior approval, User Content which contains advertising or any solicitation with respect to products or services" . . . .

Unless of course, in their time of increasing need, they've actually given their "express prior approval" to make a few bucks . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
8:41AM NOV 23RD 2013
You could not put a more despicable team together. Hillary has failed in her marriage, has failed as Secretary of State, and is just a nasty bitch (sorry for the term but there was no better word to describe her). People should not vote for her because they would have to look at her coming through immigration at the airports. Her face could end tourism in United States. As for Charlie Crist, he has proven to be untrustworthy, narcissistic, and can only bring a nice tan and great hair to the office. This is surly match made in Hell.
12:25PM NOV 25TH 2013
I guess you never knew that Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat. People can change their mind if the party is controlled by the freaky fringes, like the tea baggers
11:00AM NOV 23RD 2013
Great! . . . then maybe you'll seek shelter elsewhere if it ever happens . . . you've clearly demonstrated you like neither Republicans nor Democrats . . . maybe you can find yourself residence elsewhere, Joseph . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Fran k
2:07PM DEC 4TH 2013
Why don't you take your liberal hostility somewhere else? You think you are being funny, you're not. You think you know something the article writer does not know, you don't. You think you bring something to the conversation, absolutely you don't.

Just go away....
7:13AM NOV 23RD 2013
Wow....this would be the blind leading the blind. Both are so undecided about everything that our country would be in as much trouble as it is in right now. There must be some "decent and smart" people for the Democrats to pick. Maybe?.....somewhere!!

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