|Published:||Jun 15, 2013 9:06 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 15, 2013 9:31 PM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla. - Former Governor Charlie Crist was in Naples Saturday morning, speaking to the Democratic Women's Club of Collier County. Crist served as the state's Republican Governor from 2006 to 2010. Rumors suggest the newly Democratic politician will run for governor against Rick Scott in 2014 but Crist is keeping Floridians guessing.
"Floridians are smart and they know what to do and I think we're going to have a very, very bright future together," Crist said.
"I think it was a great opportunity for us to ask questions, get some insight and to find out about his future goals," said supporter, Arvella Claire.
The former Governor is also a former Republican who made the party switch in December of 2012.
"He changed over and some people don't like that, but a lot of the views and issues he had when he was the Governor, the Democratic Women's Club agreed with," said President Elaine Vaccaro.
"I couldn't be more comfortable to be honest with you. And you know I've had friends all my life say 'Charlie, you're really a Democrat and you just didn't know it,'" he said.
Crist spoke about education reform, medicare, voting rights and immigration and addressed the economic issues currently facing Floridians.
"When I served as Governor before, I came in at the middle of a global economic meltdown. And it was very challenging and one of the reasons I took the stimulus with President Obama was to secure more jobs for our teachers, firefighters, law enforcement," he said.
Supporters say they had hoped he would make a special announcement, but Crist made no promises about running for Governor in 2014.
"Not today, not today, but we'll see. I really haven't set a time table, to be honest, I just want to continue to go around the state and listen to people, get their opinions. So far it's been very encouraging," he said,
Crist ran for U.S. Senate in 2010 as an independent and campaigned for President Obama during the 2012 election.