February 9th, 2009
12:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Florida gov. to join Obama at stimulus town hall

Gov. Charlie Crist was one of 19 governors, including four Republicans, to release a joint letter publicly urging Congress to to pass the president’s stimulus package.
Gov. Charlie Crist was one of 19 governors, including four Republicans, to release a joint letter publicly urging Congress to to pass the president’s stimulus package.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will introduce President Obama tomorrow at a Florida town hall meeting plugging the stimulus plan.

Crist was one of 19 governors, including four Republicans, to release a joint letter publicly urging Congress to to pass the president’s stimulus package — a move that earned him an appreciative phone call from Obama.

The Florida governor has said he wants to help Obama push for the measure. The bill is currently being considered by the Senate after failing to draw GOP support in the House.

“Florida has taken prudent steps to cut taxes for our people and balance our budget in these increasingly difficult times,” Crist said in a statement released by the White House Monday. “Any attempts at federal stimulus must prioritize job creation and targeted tax relief for small business owners. I am eager to welcome President Obama to the Sunshine State as he continues to work hard to reignite the US economy.”

Tuesday’s event in Fort Myers — the second of Obama’s stimulus town halls — will be held the same day the administration is slated to announce its economic recovery plan.


Filed under: Charlie Crist • President Obama • stimulus plan
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Give me a break!

    President Obama would do better w/o Crist. He's a LOSER! He actually supports a high-speed rail system in Orlando INSTEAD OF funding education (we rank 50th in the country). Our governor is a BOZO...you'd think he lived in Alaska...

    February 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. shoegazer

    Gee,a Republican without blinders on,how novel.....

    February 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. JC

    Government at all levels have been iresponsibly spending and now broke. Think anything will change with the same idiots running all this???

    February 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Mark

    Florida is in desperate need of anything but still shouldnt get behind the wasteful pakage

    February 9, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Franky

    Florida is a dump, is a much bigger dump than when the Spanish was there, LOL!!

    Ohh, I gotta use that in my comedy sketch, pretty good...

    February 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Deborah

    Everyone I have talked with lately is scared to death!

    We come to News sites looking for answers.

    Please help us!

    Where is the break down on "The Plan" and why does it have to happen immediately or else?

    Something smells here!

    February 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Had It

    Get all the illegals off of welfare in that state, and you won't need a stimulus.

    February 9, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Steph

    Oooh, Rush is gonna be so angry with you Mr. Crist!

    February 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. frodo

    This is not a stimulus package that will affect most of us...

    How does a tax writeoff for first time home buyers help me pay my mortgage? This kind of incentive is what got people into the problems we have now!!!! stop incentivizing people who can't afford homes to buy them.

    Also, much of the spending is on long-term things like healthcare and don't kick in for a few years. These are not the "shot-in-the-arm" that the economy needs.

    Bush vaporized $700billion and now Obama is set to vaporize $800billion. These bailouts are not helping you and me...they are only helping politicians grow government and waste our hard-earned money.

    February 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. boered1

    OMG did he clear this with Rush?!?

    Now where are all the tax cut fools? oh yeah this is a republican talking so he must be right

    idiots

    February 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Lori

    It's good to see a Republican put politics aside and focus on the American people and their needs.

    February 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. s cantrell

    I'm sure that bump didn't hurt at all. That head is as empty as his suit!!

    February 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. annoymous-sc

    I must say this is a smart republican....perhaps he can show Palin & McCain what a real maverick is....

    February 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Debi

    I like Crist. He is trying his best in Florida to see both sides of the picture.
    Maybe he will run for senate when his term as governor is up.
    Plus, Florida would get a massive boost from the package. Florida is one of the top 10 states on the foreclosure list, so something needs to be done here.

    February 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Kingsley

    Now thats Bipartisanship for you. Republicans in congress need to take a cue from the governors who know exactly how this bill would benefit their states.

    February 9, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Ellie, MD

    Wow.... someone in the Republican Party who understands the simple fact that if President Obama fails, WE ALL FAIL. Thank You Governor Christ. Despite your party's ignorance, you Sir are at least willing to HELP get our country back on track!!

    Now will you please talk to your other colleagues and tell them that they need to get off their butts, shut their mouths and start pitching in to clean up the poop they've created for the past 8 years?

    February 9, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Glad to see a governor (Republican) who is willing to work with President Obama for the good of the country rather than those who just parrot Rush Limbaugh and failed Republican policies.

    The challenges are huge. This is the time to be working together. Too bad too many Republican Congress critters don't understand this: listening to President Obama at the town meeting, explaining why these programs are really creating jobs in many ways was much more effective than the Republicans just yelling "pork" – after their bridges to nowhere – the GOP concerns ring hollow.

    February 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Shirley in California

    Well, at least one republican is interested in getting people back to work. Thanks Gov. Crist.

    February 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. pat C.

    thank you gov. christ. we americans have elected our president because we need change. it is going to take strong republican leadership such as yours to convince republicans that they are not the answer to what we americans need right now. we voted for president obama overwhelmingly which should be a signal loud and clear to the republicans that we want change from the last 8 years of only looking out for the rich.

    February 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Loyal Democrat in MD

    CNN please post
    I support President Obama's plan b/c it will bring JOBS & income to those of us who are still trying to hold our heads above water after 8 years of failed GOP policies that help out only the "higher-ups."
    Let's give the President we elected a chance to do things HIS way!!!

    February 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. ReyMac

    A Republican who agrees with the President! Horrors! What's next? The person who got the most votes winning the election? http://powerfulbeyondmeasure.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/filing-bankruptcy/

    February 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Justified Cynic

    Another Republican surrendering his principles for power and money.
    All of these Republican governors and mayors are ignoring the big picture and just seeing the issue from their own little greedy perspective. (Of course Democrat govenors and mayors are doing the exact same thing, but from them it is expected.)

    February 9, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    This country’s governors and mayors are on the frontlines of the “Great Recession”. They are clamoring for help because they are seeing their revenues drying up because of failed GOP national policy the past eight years. I think Charlie needs a heart-to-heart with his Republican brethren to impress upon them the seriousness of the situation.

    February 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Marge

    So will he be thrown out of the republican party. It seems the republicans with their nay saying are trying to so hard to get obama to fail. What is wrong with them. Maybe the stimulus is not perfect, but it will help the American people to start to pull out of this mess. All they want to do is block block block. I think it is time the American people send letters to these butts and tell them either get with helping the American people or move to another country. We don't need that kind of obstruction. Remember when bush put forth the first stimulus plan they fell all over themselves signing up for it, BUT SINCE BUSH'S WAY DIDN'T PULL US OUT they don't want a democratic plan to help, they are moaning and praying it fails.

    February 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. alvino

    Governor Crist will make a good senator from FL. Unlike most republican senators, he appears to have an understanding of the depth of the problems facing the nation.

    February 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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