Florida Rep. Charlie Crist endorses Biden

Florida Rep. Charlie Crist endorses Biden
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Florida Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristBiden rise calms Democratic jitters Mnuchin details IRS challenges with cash-only marijuana businesses Democrats gear up for State of the Union protests as impeachment lingers MORE (D-Fla.) threw his support behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCoronavirus makes the campaign season treacherous for Joe Biden Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll Unions urge Chamber of Commerce to stop lobbying against Defense Production Act MORE's 2020 bid on Thursday, saying Biden would be the best candidate to attract “independent and disaffected Republicans." 

“Joe Biden’s record of getting things done speaks for itself," Crist said in a statement, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “He has always put the American people above party lines and will continue to as President.”

Florida Rep. Al LawsonAlfred (Al) James LawsonHouse approves bill banning flavored tobacco products Lobbying world Florida Rep. Charlie Crist endorses Biden MORE (D) has also endorsed the former vice president. 

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Crist, who previously served as the governor of Florida, left the Republican Party and became a Democrat in 2012, suggesting that he was too moderate for what the GOP had become. 

The one-term governor won his House race in 2016 after a string of unsuccessful bids for public office, including a challenge to then-Gov. and now-Sen. Rick Scott (R) in 2014. 

Recent polling shows Biden neck and neck with President TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' MORE in the Sunshine State. A Florida Atlantic University poll released on Wednesday showed the president with a slim lead, within the poll's margin error, against Biden well as against Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersCoronavirus makes the campaign season treacherous for Joe Biden Biden could be picking the next president: VP choice more important than ever Democrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus MORE (I-Vt.). 

Crist argued in the op-ed that Biden stood the best chance of beating Trump due what he said was the former vice president's appeal to independents and Republicans frustrated with the current state of their party. 

Biden's campaign has touted his electability, citing his connection with working-class voters, as well as his more moderate stances on issues like health care.