Florida Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristGOP sees groundswell of women running in House races The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden’s Tampa rally hits digital snags Biden rise calms Democratic jitters MORE (D-Fla.) threw his support behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook 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 LawsonThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden’s virtual campaign swings through Florida House approves bill banning flavored tobacco products Lobbying world MORE (D) has also endorsed the former vice president.
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 TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests 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 WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness 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.