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. Jill

    Crist is a realist. He's working in the best interests of this constituents, not wasting time on foolish political games. He's doing what's right.

    February 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Give me a break!

    Debi – are you a native Floridian who has seen our state ripped apart every year? If not, then STFU!

    February 9, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. ellington7

    Everyone knows this guy is full of crap, and so is his untrustworthy party, so for those of you still on the fense, please get off of it.

    Save your country, and don't EVER VOTE REPUBLICAN!

    February 9, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Chipster

    Republicans appear to be complete terrified that this stimulus plan will work. It's very sad actually that they wish for the nation to suffer more than it already is. Where was all this vigilance and concern for wasteful spending over the last 8 years? Pathetic, simply pathetic. This may or may not work but trying nothing is not an option. We know that tax cuts for the wealthy do not trickle down. We know that deregulating and counting on top managers to control themselves is foolish (to put it mildly). This frantic wailing is unproductive and wishing the nation to fail is unforgivable.

    February 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. shawn, pgh, pa

    I say the senators and representatives that against the stimulus package get nothing for their states. Then lets see what the people of those states do then. I'm sick in tired of them playing with the american peoples lives. Maybe if this is done these people in these states will start to stand up. If your state doesn't want the money or the help good more for the rest of the states and people that actually need the help. I love when they say food stamps are welfare but you know what those things put food on peoples table that have lost their jobs. We have to many dumb down americans listening to others instead of listening to what they need. Let their neighborhoods go to hell and then lets see if they can go to their senators and representatives homes to live and work.

    February 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Chris from NC

    Many folks may say this guy isn't playing with a full deck, but he's up for re-election next year. In other words, he'd better fess up or else kiss his political career goodbye.

    February 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. carlo

    To Had it:

    Poor, poor dear. If every illegal immigrant were deported, the price of everything you buy would skyrocket. You don't really believe that, now do you?

    February 9, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Rob

    Obama's supporters are completely ridiculous. They have NO IDEA what's in the stimulus bill...I guarantee you not a single poster on here supporting it knows very many details of it. (Not that knowing the details would help much anyway, because it's unlikely that 'Betty loves Barack!' in St. Lous is exactly an expert in finance or economics.)

    They are simply in love with Obama, like a mommy loves her little boy, and will brook no criticism of him! Whatever Obama does, is right! And if you don't like my little Barry, you must be an evil hater! He's so smart, isn't he! So not knowing any relevant facts isn't going to stop them from defending him.

    If you can't think objectively, you are useless in any public debate. This is serious business, not a soap opera with you and the object of your affection as the central characters. You can always tell a person like this when they respond to criticism of THIS bill by responding with Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh (!), John McCain, or blame George Bush for every ill in creation. Completely useless. They blame Republicans for not cooperating but they make it impossible for any sensible debate to take place.

    But this is why they will go down. When Obama starts making the mistakes all Presidents make sooner or later, his supporters will bitterly refuse to accept the reality. And that always leads to failure.

    February 9, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. ellington7

    Mr. President,

    Forget about bipartisanship, work with the dem controlled house and senate to get everything done, and If the filthy republicans don't like it, let them filibuster so the people can see them for what they really are, and that's against helping the american people. Let them hang them selves out of existance! Please!

    February 9, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Gina in Racine Wi

    Thank you, Governor Crist.

    You understand that you were elected to help the people in your state.....not play partisan games to try to thwart a President with an actual plan.

    I think you will be easily re elected for another term.

    February 9, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Whatever Crist's reason for backing the stimulus, I'm happy to see it. Maybe he really cares or maybe he's trying to keep his job, but at least he appears to be listening to what Americans (Floridians) are saying... which is a hellofalot more than I can say for MOST republicans.

    February 9, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. ok, thats good? in the valley, CA

    ok i guess this is good. at least he is better than the governator!! my goodness..

    i wonder if he is in terminator 4. bad pub if he is. LOL.

    "I'LL BE BACK!!!" come on what is that!!!!! ROFL!!!

    February 9, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Larry Houston Texas

    Now, there's a guy that would have given Obama a run for his money, but definitely not McCain.

    February 9, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    THAT'S RIGHT CRIST YOU TELL THOSE REPUBS TO EITHER LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET THE YOU KNOW WHAT OUT OF THE WAY.

    February 9, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Mike Dallas

    If I was President Obama, I would tell Crist to get his good buddies in Congress to get on board or get the hell out of the way!

    February 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Luther

    I'm from Florida and a die-hard Democrat. If you talk to many Democrats in Florida, they will tell you that Christ is well respected. You may not agree with everything but the guy does think about the people first. Maybe it comes from his time as Attorney General and seeing first hand how people get screwed by big business and government.

    February 9, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. 2010

    While I appreciate Gov. Crist's apparent support of President Obama, I cannot help but wonder if this is another opportunistic maneuver by the governor. Crist is vying for a possible Senate run next year, and Obama just won FL in the recent election.

    Gov. Crist certainly can talk the talk, but he has shown less walking the walk in FL. Sorry, but this Floridian remains suspicious of ulterior motives here.

    February 9, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. joel isaacson

    I thought president obama was going to look outside the box. The stimulus package doesn't do that.

    What our government should do is pay off the bad mortgages, not pay off the banks. What I mean is simply pay the mortgage off.
    When they do this the following will happen:
    1. The banks and lenders will now have money to loan.
    2. The banks and mortgage companies will no longer have a bad debt on their books.
    3. The homeowner will no longer have a mortgage to pay. With the extra money they will take care of all of the things they put off to pay their mortgage. Fix up the house, but clothing, buy a car, go out to eat, take a vacation, etc. The money they were using to pay the mortgage will be used to buy things, which will help create jobs.
    4. The house will no longer be on the market. This will mean fewer homes for sale, which should raise the price for the homes that are on sale.
    5. The government will know exactly where our money went.
    6. The states will gain tax revenue from the money the consumer spends on things other than the mortgage, plus the rising value of homes.

    This will have a quicker impact on the economy then giving the money to big business.

    February 9, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Jackie in Dallas

    Hey, guys, here is a guy in the GOP that is working for bi-partisan support of the stimulus package. Don't DISCOURAGE IT! Of course, it will benefit his state and his people...it should benefit ALL states and US citizens!

    February 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Veteran in Kansas

    I am a registered Republican, I am ashamed that the last time this nation had a surplus and a balanced budget was under a Democratic President. You finance plans as you go, the way you finance plans is called Taxes. Trickle down economics did not really work under Reagan, failed under HW Bush and destroyed the national ecomony under G W Bush.

    The only way our nation is going to come though this mess, is if it pulls together behind our President. Intially we are going to have to spend money and put people back to work. The simulus package in conjuction with the stabilizaton package should if its not alreadyto late slow things down enoughto get money flowing in the finacial circles. Get people back to work, which will generate income and in turn generate more jobs through increased spending. Then we can look at getting things back in order, but the partisan bickering that contiues from the far right is harming the nation not helping the nation. It was the conservative far right wingers that put us in the situation we find our nation today.

    February 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Tulsa

    Dont blame me February 9th, 2009 2:22 pm ET

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

    -----------–
    You mean, he's acting like an American? Well then, I agree!

    February 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. john

    BRAVO GOVERNOR he is looking out for his people not the few in his party!!! BRAVO

    February 9, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Cindy, PA

    Here's another GOPer to get rid of, as far as Obama getting elected by huge margins, would not happen if the election was today !

    February 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Geez Louise...would you GOPers please look up the definition of "pork" so you can at least be using it incorrectly on purpose, rather than out of ignorance?

    February 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Peter (CA)

    Wow, and I thought the conservatives loved this guy.
    Looks like a big ugly break-up around Valentine's Day.

    Maybe Charlie does get it after all.

    February 9, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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