Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) would not say Sunday which party he'd caucus with if elected to the Senate.

Crist, who left the Republican Party this week to pursue an independent bid for the state's open Senate seat, said he would be open to voting for a Democrat as majority leader.

"I'll caucus with the people of Florida," Crist said during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Crist had vowed until this past week to run as a Republican, but abandoned that bid after polls showed his conservative primary challenger, former state House Speaker Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden Bipartisan congressional commission urges IOC to postpone, relocate Beijing Games Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE, set to beat him in a Republican primary.


But the centrist governor said he might end up caucusing with neither party, unlike the Senate's two current independents, Sens. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersWomen's March endorses Nina Turner in first-ever electoral endorsement GOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan MORE (Vt.), both of whom caucus with Democrats.

"I might not vote for either one," Crist said of which party's member he might support as majority leader. "I'm going to vote for who I think is going to be best for the people of Florida. If is happens to be a Democrat, so be it. If it happens to be a Republican, so be it."

Crist framed his noncommittal response as being directed toward best representing Florida.

"When I'm an independent, I'm going to do what's I think is in the best interests of my people, and that's my decision," he explained. "And that's what I'm going to do for Floridians," Crist said And that's what people want, they don't want you to have to go with either Democrats or Republicans, you have to go with your gut and with your heart."