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National reaction to Charlie Crist announcement

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Preliminary reaction to Charlie Crist’s announcement has been generally positive.

C. Science Monitor: Crist may represent the GOP’s best chance for keeping it red. Even if Crist crossed party lines last February to endorse President Obama’s stimulus package.

CNN: The senator from Texas and chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Tuesday reeled in a big catch as popular Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist

Huffington Post: Popular GOP Gov. Charlie Crist is passing on an easy re-election bid and instead will run for U.S. Senate, a decision that excites Washington Republicans who desperately want to avoid further losses in 2010.

NY Times: Mr. Crist has always been a restless politician, moving from one job to the next, and many here suspect that he harbors presidential ambitions while fearing that term limits would push him into obscurity if he won a second and final four years as governor.

Time: Governor Charlie Crist is the most popular politician in Florida, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be the Sunshine State’s next U.S. Senator.

US News: The GOP needs more Charlie Crists, fewer Rush Limbaughs, Dick Cheneys and Sarah Palins as it seeks, phoenix-like, to rise from the funeral pyre.

WaPost: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s announcement yesterday that he will run for the Senate is being cast by Republicans as a sign that their political fortunes are turning for the better with the emergence of a new crop of moderate voices lining up for 2010 races.

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