ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- President Obama appeared here Saturday with former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, whose presence the president cited as evidence that his plans aren't partisan, but sensible.
Crist's support, Obama said, shows that his values "are not Democratic values or Republican values. They are American values."
Introducing the president to the crowd, Crist said he is no longer in the GOP because "they left me."
The break-up occurred in 2010 after Crist left the Republican party and ran for U.S. Senate unsuccessfully as an independent. Many people expect that he’ll run for governor as a Democrat.
But the endorsement still gave Obama an opportunity to resurrect the sentiment of his popular line from the 2004 Democratic National Convention, when he told Democrats that the country is not made up of red states or the blue states, “but the United States.”
He said nothing back then of the purple states -- the swing states that will decide the coming election -- but that's where he's focusing his attention since he accepted his party's nomination at this year's convention.