February 9th, 2009
12:50 PM ET
3 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. Judy Miami Fl

    This is the second time he's thought first about Fl and second about the Republican party.

    The first time is when he extended polling time/hours during the Nov election.

    I like him way btter than Jeb.

    Die hard Democrat, but here in Florida we'll take what we can get.

    February 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Chenna Benna

    Wow what a difference a few months makes. I guess all it takes to get a Repub on your side is to bail them out.

    February 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Dylan from MN

    *******Haha, I meant Crist not Christ. OOPS!

    February 9, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Dana from NY

    See this just shows you that both sides of the isle dealing with local state budget issues do support this stimulus bill because states desperately are in need of additional funding- however the Republicans in Congress are just playing the politics "game as usual". Do not be fooled to think all Republicans stand on this "anti-stimulus" line- Republican Congressman are just purposely being difficult to spite President Obama at the expense of the rest of the country. If this doesnt put it into perspective- I don't know what will!!
    Pork=State funding, Pork= Infrastructure Funding, Pork=School Funding.... don't believe the hype that Pork is this EVIL thing- PORK makes up the funds that help local governments around the country. Wake Up people and support this bill- let you congressman know you support this bill and expect their support as well!!

    February 9, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. greed is not good

    Thanks for helping-out Republicans. Enough of the games and start working together on a new plan. Old Republican politics of the past is obsolete.

    February 9, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. demwit

    With the influx of minorities and old people, Florida has fallen on hard times. It's almost as bad down there as it is in Minnesota..

    February 9, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. yuri

    In the world of stimulus plan, it appears that the governors are the good guys, and the GOP senators, sad and sullen sect of bozos. Nope! They are not the ones to learn from their past debacles in every field of their administration, led by another bozo, Bush. They, in all likelihood, resemble pre-programmed zombis.

    February 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Vicki5

    This is good. Now, I can't wait to see how hard and fast the Senate Republicans who are against this bill work to push through more money for the banks. Watch, they'll insist we will all die if we don't give the banks more money, but the people, they say, well they don't need any help. Let them swim or drown. Watching these idiots is like watching an exorcism. Sickening.

    February 9, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Vine15

    I NEED HELP!!! My husband and I work hard everyday just too see most of our income going to utilities and car insurance not to mention trying to buy groceries. I will be laid off the end of this month. I work for a bank who received govt bail out money, but has concluded people from other coutries can do a better job than me. I need what ever the stimulus will provide, the extra 20. dollars on my husband's paycheck, to an extra 25 dollars on unemployment benefits. this is not a repub or demo problem, this is an American problem.

    February 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    I'm curious. What about Arnold?

    February 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Simpliticus

    Nice way to get Republican support for a future Republican office contender to the Office of the President and cheapen the Republican discord with the stimulus plan. Is Crist a fallen Republican? Divide and conquer, Mr. President!

    February 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Dan, TX

    McCain – your pals Crist, Schwartzenneggar, and Lieberman disagree with you. Are these the moderates that will bring some sense to the republican party?

    February 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. joy

    s cantrell, u are such a Jerk....

    February 9, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Mari

    Now that's a SMART Republican! What the far-right-GOPers not get is that Obama was elected by a huge margin! He received a mandate from we, the People!

    The GOPers continue their obstruction and their vile lies. While our president is doing all he can to SOLVE...... THE BUSH DISASTER!

    WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHERE WERE ALL THESE SO-CALLED-FISCAL-CONSERVATIVES WHEN BUSH WAS SPENDING THE U.S. INTO .....OBLIVION???????????

    Hypocrites from the far-right.

    February 9, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Karen- Change is coming

    @ Give me a break and ALL the other negative people.

    Finally a Republican who wants to move this country forward. The Republicans are the reason why our country's in this condition, they support a stupid idiot of a President (Bush) and his administration. The Republican party refuse to try something different for fear it might work and which will make them look like fools becasue they didn't think of this idea. It's like most of them are still whinning because they lost in the elections and don't want the new administration to succeed. We actually have an intelligent President who is going to the people who elected him to reach for support. President Obama is the peoples President, who WE the American People hired to lead our country in a different direction. All those who are not on board need to shut their mouths and stop spurring negative toxic energy into the atmosphere. End of Story

    February 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. llim

    Smart Republicans like Crist who will have better political future.

    Those who oppose like Mc Cain will go with him down the drain.

    February 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Reese from NC

    Good Job Crist. People before Party is always the right way to go. You can actually get things done when yo put partisanship aside.

    February 9, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Dont blame me

    And here I thought that Crist was a republican. Now I see that his TRUE colors are showing.

    He is already looking to get re-elected.

    February 9, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. aware

    Greed tops common sense and the "moral hazard" is ignored! :(

    February 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. fred

    boooo to Obama's bailouts and stimulus plans. boooooo

    February 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Karen- Change is coming

    Finally a Republican who wants to move this country forward. The Republicans are the reason why we are in this economic mess because they supported a stupid idiot of a President (Bush) and his administration. The Republican party refuse to try something different for fear it might work and which would make them look like fools because they didn't think of this idea. It's like most of them are still whinning because they lost in the elections and don't want the new administration to succeed. We actually have an intelligent President who is going to the people who elected him for support. President Obama is the peoples President, who WE the American People hired to lead our country in a different direction. All those who are not on board need to shut their mouths and stop spurring negative toxic energy into the atmosphere. End of Story

    February 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Ex-Republican Gal

    Charlie, you are now my favorite Republican!

    February 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Oh look, a picture of a GOPer pointing fingers...how unexpected.

    February 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Bob in Pa

    He just wants money into his state so his doesn't have to change the tax structure in Fla.

    February 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Seattle Sue

    Any Republican that does not vote for this Simulus package, should be voted out of office. We have done it their way for the past 8 years, and what has it gotten us? The tax cut that was given to the big companies, is still in affect, and our country is in bad shape. What good did it do? It is time to put people to work, in a short term or long term, working is working.

    February 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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