(NEW YORK) -- Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist told Fusion's Jorge Ramos on Tuesday that a "big reason" he left the Republican Party was the hostility many Republicans held towards President Obama due to his race. Crist said he feels "liberated" now that he has joined the Democractic Party, and that his past affiliation with the Republican Party made him feel uncomfortable: "I couldn't be consistent with myself and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president."
Crist left the Republican Party and ran as an independent in 2010, when he lost a GOP primary to Marco Rubio. He officially joined the Democratic Party after the 2012 elections. He had previously supported Obama's re-election.
Crist is running for his old office against current Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican.
The full interview can be seen here.
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