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December 12th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

Fmr. Gov. Crist: GOP leadership has become 'more rigid, challenging'

After running for Senate as an Independent, former Florida Governor and staunch Republican Charlie Crist officially changed parties last Friday and became a Democrat.

Crist spoke at this summer's Democratic National Convention about his change of heart and he joins Soledad this morning to elaborate on his decision.

"It's where I feel a lot more comfortable to be perfectly honest with you," Crist says. "It it seems to me today that the leadership of the Republican Party has become a lot more rigid, a lot more challenging. When you look at issues like immigration, they talk about deportation. When you talk about education, they defund it. When you talk about voter suppression, they deny voting to people, and I just can't embrace that anymore and be true to myself.

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