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Gov. Crist on cusp of independent bid for U.S. Senate

Members of the Capitol media ask Florida Governor Charlie Crist questions about his US Senate run and whether he would leave the Republican party during a quick press conference in the Cabinet meeting room in Tallahassee, Fla. on Wednesday April 28, 2010.  (AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Scott Keeler)

Members of the Capitol media ask Florida Governor Charlie Crist questions about his US Senate run and whether he would leave the Republican party during a quick press conference in the Cabinet meeting room in Tallahassee, Fla. on Wednesday April 28, 2010. (AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Scott Keeler)

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  • Gov. Charlie Crist remained mum about his political future as he arrived at Tampa, Fla. International Airport Wednesday afternoon April 28, 2010. Crist is expected to announce whether he will remain in the Republican party, or become Independent as he seeks election to the U.S. Senate in November.   (AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Stephen J. Coddington)
  • Gov. Charlie Crist remained mum about his political future as he arrived at Tampa International Airport Wednesday afternoon April 28, 2010. He is seen here chatting with reporters as well as Pasco County teacher Gregg Clapp, at left, who happened to be in the airport and said that he was a supporter of the governor. Crist is expected to announce whether he will remain in the Republican party, or become Independent as he seeks election to the U.S. Senate in November.  (AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Stephen J. Coddington)
  • Members of the Capitol media ask Florida Governor Charlie Crist questions about his US Senate run and whether he would leave the Republican party during a quick press conference in the Cabinet meeting room in Tallahassee, Fla. on Wednesday April 28, 2010.  (AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Scott Keeler)
  • Gov. Charlie Crist, helps Dylan Wilson, 11, of Tallahassee, a fifth grader at Roberts Elementary School while attending the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness Capitol Day ceremony, outside of the Capitol building in Tallahassee, Fla. on Wednesday April 28, 2010. He recovered several minutes after falling to the ground. Crist fanned Wilson's head with a piece of paper.  (AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Scott Keeler)
  • Members of the Capitol media ask Florida Governor Charlie Crist questions about his US Senate run and whether he would leave the Republican party during a quick press conference in the Cabinet meeting room in Tallahassee, Fla. on Wednesday April 28, 2010.  (AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Scott Keeler)

The very thing that once made Gov. Charlie Crist the clear Republican choice to run for U.S. Senate is also what will perhaps make it inevitable that he will eventually buck the party to run as an independent: his embrace — literally and figuratively — of bipartisanship.

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