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. FastMovingCloud

    SO I guess Mark and JC don't want the economy stimulated. Ya see,t he only thing that will do that is government SPENDING!! It has the two fold advantage of 1)creating jobs and 2)fixing our crumbling infrastructure. Tax cuts WON'T DO THAT!!!

    February 9, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Yamini from San Diego

    well... it is very well understood that

    1) The Governement HAS to intervene and reignite the economy
    2) The Dems are going to have Pork and barrel spending and push political agenda items like the Hollywood one.

    What is NOT likeable and appreaciated is ALL these MOTHAPUKKAS who complain about the PROBLEM (Stimulus) AND not pragmatically come up with what someone needs to fix and CUT down in that bill....

    The GOP is behaving like the regular idiots here – if you STEP UP and list what items need to be cut out and seek public support, I will be the first one to support and there will be tonnes of solution oriented folks!! Is anyone interested in NOT just politics there??? I should give credit to Obama for reaching out and trying to get something done...

    REMEMBER IF YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION, THEN YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM – period!!!

    February 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Hope

    If a senator or congress rep votes against the stimulus, the respective state should not be allocated money from this bill.

    February 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Gene

    wow... wasn't this guy considered to be one of McCain's potential VP picks?

    February 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Crocadile In The Mist

    This governor is hot air. He is jumping on the Obama wagon because he isn't stupid. Florida went BLUE in the general, you do the math.

    He's trying to play Obama, like he played Floridians. Republicans were responsible for the whole Florida Democratic voting fiasco.

    He's not for change, just for himself. So be careful Barack, this man didn't believe in you until you won the election. Watch your back.

    February 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. FastMovingCloud

    Dear Had It,

    We could deport every illegal immigrant in the country and that won't do a thing to stimulate the economy. But at least you can get your hate on.

    February 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Laverne

    Sounds like Gov. Crist understands his state turned blue and he had better get with the program. Wonder what the repubs think about that!

    February 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. My2Cents

    United we stand; divided – – we fall.

    February 9, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Ron , West Coast

    Before too much longer, there will be a lot more republicans hitching their wagons to President Obama`s recovery package .......
    Gov. Crist is just ahead of the curve ......

    February 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Rush Speaks

    Didn't Rush Limbreath tell his followers to shun Obama? What is Crist doing? Didn't he get the Rush-email.

    February 9, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. NEL E BELL

    true or false for 50 points. When Obama bangs his head does he really scream BARACK HUSSIN OBAMA!!!, for the bonus round when GWBush fell off his mountain bike he screamed GEORGE WALKER BUSH!!!! or BARACK HUSSIN OBAMA also ha ha.

    February 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Melly

    Good for him. Now it's a Republican who understand the issue at hand. This can be a real future for Republicans party if they don't want to become even more of a regional party for White Uneducated MAN

    February 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. karen-Phoenix

    Good for you Mr. Crist!!! Someone in the republican party is finnally, FINNALLY putting the American worker ahead of party partisian!!! AND I was a republican for 40 years until what happened the last eight years!!!! NO MORE REPUBLICANS!!!! Just Americans!!!

    February 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Soccer Nana

    @ Steph,

    You got that one right! I bet he is hyperventilating as I write.LOL

    February 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Mississippi Mike

    Crist supports the pork bill because his state has so many people in it that will benefit from its wasteful spending. 95% of the life of a politician is spent getting re-elected and Crist is doing just that. He hasn't "seen the light" or decided to become "bi-partisan," he's out to get re-elected.

    February 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Simple Truth

    Its about time that our trade policies were reworked as part of the stimulus package. America is the only country on the planet who believes in free trade and outsourcing its good jobs. The other coun tries of the world practice protectionism through a variety of methods and keep their manufacturing at home with help from their government.

    February 9, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. JS

    This shows that, despite what the ultra-right wing extrememists that infest the HOUSE would have us believe, there is some Republican support for the stimulus package. Often, you find that there are GOP officials in state offices that are more moderate, because they have to deal with reality. For some of these GOP House members, all they have to deal with is the extremists, militia members and rightwing nut-jobs back home in their artificially created districts.

    February 9, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Obamacratic

    Dear President Obama:

    I am with you 100%. There is so much that needs to be done, if only we as americans would put our differences aside and put our heads together to get it done. I think that it is such a shame that it take a disaster for americans to come together just a little bit. I love this country and I hope that more people would as well. I don't care if you are re or blue, dem or repub you should love your own country enoug to care for it and your fellow countrymen. While we are fighting each other, other countries are getting stronger. Wake up you fools before it is to late. When Bush was in office he was given a blank check for himself and his friends to do with as they will. Now that President Obama is leading us you want him to be responsible for everybody's misgivings. I pray for him and his family daily. GOD, Please take care of him. Proctect and shelter him from all harm.

    February 9, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Arden

    Well its nice to see at least one more republican standing up for the package. However, I am sure you have your own underlying plans on how to use this money. "Had it" does make a good point. Get all the illegals off welfare and you will be able to take care of your own financial bailout.

    February 9, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. cedgar

    People just go read the CBO reports. Why do you think the states need
    money ALL the mandated policies from the fed. government
    but the fed. government doe not appropriate funds for . Please people WHERE are our leaders. It is not this new admin.
    same old same old. it is who's who

    February 9, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Angie in Pa

    Oh No Crist The leader Limbaugh is not gonna be Happy with you sir!,Its great seeing a Republican with a little Commonsense Now get to work on your Pathetic party!

    February 9, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. feb1

    Where were all you people 4-8 years ago. Maybe if you would have entered all of your comments, when Bush was still in office we would not be stting here smack in the middle of a national felt down.

    February 9, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. SHIRLEY "60"

    At least there is one rational republican left in this GOP party. Hurry up Congress and help the people that need it most now!

    February 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Bipartisan

    Iowa Hawk Man is an idiot.

    You are what's wrong with this country. You are the people who want to stir up partisan hatred. You jerks on the left and right who put party first will ruin this country.

    Time for Americans to take back this country from partisan idiots on the left and right.

    February 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Dylan from MN

    I've been pleasently surprised by Charlie Christ in the past few months. First it was the extention of time for early voting and now rallying around this economic effort. Well done Gov. Christ! Well done!

    February 9, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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