Marco Rubio was a guest on Wednesday’s Neil Cavuto program on Fox News and was asked to comment on a claim made by former Florida governor Charlie Crist that he left the GOP because it was racist (as opposed to because he lost the GOP Senate primary to Rubio). Rubio said Crist’s claim was “ridiculous and silly” and agreed with Cavuto that the former Governor was a phony.
Crist, who is running for the governor’s office again, this time as a Democrat, blasted his old party Tuesday during an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, saying he left the GOP because party had a “racially-motivated bias against President Barack Obama.”
After playing a clip of the Crist/Ramos interview, Cavuto asked Senator Rubio what he thought of the former governor’s charge of racism:
Cavuto: Do you think he’s a phony?
Rubio: Absolutely. I believed that during the campaign. That’s one of the reasons why I ran for the U.S. Senate. I didn’t want my next U.S. senator to be someone like that, who wouldn’t just be trustworthy in moments of importance for the country, but who would embarrass us by saying these sorts of ridiculous things.
Cavuto: If he’s a phony, he leads in the polls. It’s still early.
Rubio: He led in the polls against me too.
Cavuto:Very good point. Very good point.
Rubio:I think once people start to focus in and they realize it’s the same Charlie Crist that’s running, that he is the same guy that’s been basically on every side of every single issue before the country and the state, I think those numbers will change dramatically.