Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican, addressed the Democratic National Convention tonight.

A former quarterback for Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., Crist urged voters to reject Mitt Romney and solve America’s challenges by reelecting President Barack Obama.

“When I look at the Republican ticket today, I see two candidates who would break the fundamental promise of Medicare and Social Security, and cut investments in our middle class which are so important to our economic recovery,” said Crist. “And when I look at President Obama, I see a leader with a cool head, a caring heart and an open mind, a president who has demonstrated through his demeanor and through his deeds that he is uniquely qualified to heal our divisions, rebuild our nation and lead us to a brighter future together.

Crist says he hasn’t left the Republican Party. Rather, he says, the party has left him.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.