The Washington Times - August 28, 2012, 01:16PM

Former Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, an ex-Republican who on Sunday endorsed President Obama’s re-election bid, has been given a speaking spot at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

It’s uncertain what day Mr. Crist will speak or whether he will be given a prime-time spot.

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Mr. Crist, who was once considered a rising star in the Republican Party, early in his sole term as governor of the Sunshine State from 2007 to 2011, ran for U.S. Senate as an independent in 2010 after polls showed he was significantly behind now-Sen. Marco Rubio in the GOP primary.

Mr. Crist, 56, in an editorial in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times, called the president a “smart,” “farsighted” leader who has “served as the nation’s calm through a historically turbulent storm.”