- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio issued a sharp rebuke of Charlie Crist and his cited reason for leaving the Republican Party — that the GOP was filled with members possessed of race-based hostility toward the president — and said during a Fox News appearance that the Florida politico was simply putting on a show.

“It’s ridiculous and silly,” Mr. Rubio said on “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” “Even Democrats will be embarrassed that Charlie Crist became a Democrat.”

Mr. Rubio went on: “I’ve never met a single Republican activist involved in my campaign that has ever, in my opinion, ever been motivated by race to state their objections.”

Host Mr. Cavuto then asked if Mr. Rubio thought Mr. Crist was a phony.

“Absolutely,” Mr. Rubio said.

Mr. Crist lost his primary election while still a Republican to Mr. Rubio, in 2010.

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