February 9th, 2009
12:50 PM ET
8 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
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  1. Jackie in Dallas


    I've been blogging for almost ten years about Bush. We here in Texas know him all TOO well. For my efforts to point out the obvious cronyism, the blatant disregard of logic, the breaking of binding treaties and international conventions, the blatant disregard for the Citizens of this country, the erosion of the Constitution, the executive privileges taken in direct contradiction to the Constitution, and the absolute idiocy of the Iraqi war, I have been threatened, called a traitor, verbally abused, and accused of being stupid, a radical left communist/socialist/fascist (some of these bloggers need remedial civics and history lessons so they actually know what those labels MEAN), and a welfare parasite - and those are just the ones I'm willing to repeat!

    Despite that, I'm a moderate Independent professional who has spent a lifetime working for civil rights for all, but believes in fiscal responsibility. I'm also a white, 58-year old Vietnam Era woman veteran. I voted for President Obama, not because he was half black, not because he was a Democrat, but because he is truly interested in building concensus, working across the aisles, and helping this country. Yes, he will make mistakes (don't we all?), and I'm not going to agree with him 100% of the time. I like to think for myself and do my research. There have been voices who spoke out disagreeing with President Bush, but the neo-conservatives yell louder.

    February 9, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Debi

    Rob.. without useing the words "pork" or "spending package" please give us your definition of the stimulus package.
    Then, give us your ideas of how to stimulate the economy. Please do not say tax cuts. Tax cuts do no good when the people needing the tax cuts have no job. Tax cuts are good for corporations, but those corporations find the cheapest labor in other countries at our countries expense.
    FDR and Obama have the same ideas to stimlulate the economy. It worked for FDR. So it is a proven package.
    Infrastructure works. Keeping jobs in this country works. If you think about it, having illegal aliens in working in this country also works. Those illegal aliens are renting houses, shopping at stores etc. When jobs are outsourced and companies get tax breaks for outsourcing to other countries the money does nothing in this country.
    So please, what is your idea? I would love to hear something better out of republicans besides "this will not work". IDEAS PLEASE!

    February 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Alicia

    Florida First. Good for Governor Crist. Do the right thing for the people that voted for you. I'm a Democrat and I voted for Crist, not the Republican party. People in my age group don't vote for parties we vote for people. I am 25-year-old Afro-Cubana in Miami. Volunteered for Obama and we probably volunteer for Crist.

    February 9, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Han

    Charlie, you should join the democrats. Do you know that John McCain is against the stimulus bill so why do you send wrong signals to American people. If you cannot follow Republican position then you better leave the party. We do not need you. You should know that Obama wants to use the money for his own publicity, the money which web have to borrow from somewhere.

    February 9, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Mary

    Finally a republican with a brain!!!! Go Gov.

    February 9, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Shari, NY

    California, New York, Florida – all heading for the Alms House. That's why the governors/mayors of these states are desperate for change.

    February 9, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. iamcitizen

    The Chipster is right. besides, a government of, by, and for the people should be well reflected in its leadership acting responsibly and in the best interest of its citizens. Let our leadeship unite, Republicans and Democrats, for the common good of the people they are sworn to serve. Let self-serving, opportunistic, and obvious pandering be put aside and let our statesmen and stateswomen arise to the occasion of working together "As One" to provide for the good of this nation and its people. To our senators and congressmen, make the people of this nation collectively proud of you.

    February 9, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Zack Greenham

    Gov Crist et al, are you thinking the GOP senators are not working hard to get the stimulus bill right?

    February 9, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. JWCB - Calif

    Hey rob,
    I'm willing to listen to public debating, and I will also come down on our President for mistakes he will make, but are YOU being objective? Sounds to me like you're still a bit angry over McCain losing.

    February 9, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. blaising

    Way to go Charlie!! First you extend voting hours (republik party hate's 'ya for it)...then you support That One's stimulus plan (republik party hate's 'ya for it again)...now you introduce him at an event (republik party hates 'ya for again, to there also).

    Either you're gettin' ready to jump ship and come on over to the thinking person's party...or you really can THINK!

    February 9, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. s

    I guess some of them (republicans) have seen the poll numbers and understand the country is behind the president and the stimulus package. 58 percent according to ABC poll supports the package. I can't believe the repubs are wasting time on this- so much for country first.

    February 9, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Zack Greenham

    Hey "Mari", you criticize the previous administration for spending too much, but you think the Obama Trillion dollars spend bill is okay? Aren't you confused?

    February 9, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. American Voter

    Okay folks, lets get back to what is in this stimulus bill: millions to repair statues in federal cemetaries (yes, obviously the dead need a stimulus too), millions for healthcare to the rich (yep, there is no maximum income cap with this bill... someone could have been making mega bucks before they become "unemployed" from one of those corporations and they don't even need the money but are eligible for FREE healthcare with this stimulus...how crazy is that?)

    February 9, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Joe, Georgia

    It's really amazing to me that Governors and Mayors throughout the country, both Democrat and Republican, understand the current state of the economy and are willing to work together to get something done. Unfortunately, members of Congress, especially Republicans, seem to believe it is more important to play the old partisan games rather than get to work. The Republican Congressional leadership should spend less time in front of TV cameras, trying to win the message battle, and more time trying to get a package past that can get this countries economy moving again.

    February 9, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Ana

    Well, well....Crist never ceases to amaze...He certainly is jumping on the bandwagon now that there is the possibility of getting a piece of the pie....I just hope now that he's dragged the educational system in FL through the mud and bled tertiary education dry, he'll make sure to give back a little to well he's scraped ruthlessly should the stimulus bill come through.

    February 9, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Ron , West Coast

    Before too much longer, there will be many more republicans hitching their wagons to President Obama`s recovery package.....

    February 9, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Shawn-Tx

    Anyone who is saying that Congress should give the money directly to the people is not thinking this through. Obama would lose any credibility as a bipartisan leader if he 1. Payed off mortgages for people who defaulted on their loans. What about people who payed theirs. 2) Gave an equal amount of money to everyone, given that some people obviously need it more than others

    People must realize that no matter which way the president turns he will meet criticism. Put yourself in his position and appreciate the job he is doing to manage it. Not saying don't hold him to his word, but don't be just part of the problem, be part of the solution

    February 9, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Rushpublicans, Never Having To Say Your Sorry

    Cue the Rushpublican outrage. Is Crist going to beg forgiveness from Lord Rushbo?

    February 9, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Beverly, NYC

    joel isaacson February 9th, 2009 2:51 pm ET: Let me guess you have an upside down mortgage an are looking to be rewarded for your irresponsibility. The gov't should not use my tax dollars to bail out people who bought more house that they can afford. What they should do is sell these foreclosed homes to people who can afford it.
    Or if they are employed extend the mortgage period to 35 or 40 yrs. My tax dollars should not be used to reward stupidity. I applaud governor for putting his state before the party.

    February 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Larry Houston Texas

    To Jackie in Dallas..............THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!!!!

    February 9, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    Finally the GOP realizes the President is behind the eight ball!!! Now they should come together to help all of us!!!

    February 9, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. aliou

    Way to go Charlie,

    I knew you were smart the moment you set foot in Florida. I just wonder why you are a republican.

    Most of us in the USA voted for President Obama, rejecting McCain and the republican party. They had nothing to propose because anything reflective of the past 8 years spelled catastrophe.

    Let them just go away. I was for impeachment of all that bunch. Pelosi didn't want to impeach them. That's why they are still out there opening their greedy tax cut pit and talking .

    February 9, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Just a Mom

    Florida voted blue in the general election and I think Governor Christ is looking for a Senate seat in 2010. I think he'd change parties if he could get away with it. The obstructionist is Sen. Mel Martinez who is playing partisan politics rather than looking out for our state and country's best interest. Give him a call and tell him to represent you, his constituent, and support the new president :
    (202) 224-3041

    February 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Tulsa

    Chipster, I agree, the Republicans always get MAD when they get SCARED.
    They must be plenty scared right now.
    Go Gov. Crist!

    February 9, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Here's some ideas:
    1. High speed rail (300 MPH +)construction between US cities, particularly the overcrowded air corridors in the East and west Coasts
    2. True flood contol systems in the Mississippi (like the Netherlands)
    3. Deport every illegal alien in the US. Yes the buy groceries, but they also use services and take US jobs. Pay a bounty to anyone who turns one in.
    4. Tax credits for anyone who buys a fuel efficient, US built car. The high the MPG, the higher the tax credit.
    5. Buy up bad morgages from banks for 50 cents on the dollar (no not full value, as they deserve a lot of the blame). Refinance at low fiwed rates for 40 years. When property values recover, sell the morgages to the public for a profit.

    February 9, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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