February 10th, 2009
12:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Crist to Obama: 'It's getting harder every day'

Florida's Republican Gov. introduced Pres. Obama in Fort Myers Tuesday.
Florida's Republican Gov. introduced Pres. Obama in Fort Myers Tuesday.

(CNN) – Florida’s Republican Gov. Charlie Crist appeared with President Barack Obama Tuesday to urge passage of the president’s $838 billion stimulus package.

Watch: Crist introduces Pres. Obama

“Our budget is in balance here in Florida,” said Crist, introducing Obama in Fort Myers. “In fact, we’ve had to cut about $7 billion over the past two years, and we haven’t raised taxes and we’re still in balance. But, to be candid, it’s getting harder every day.”

Passage of the stimulus package was important, Crist said, in order to help support education, infrastructure, and health care in his state. “This is not about partisan politics. It’s about rising above that, helping America, and reigniting our economy,” said Crist.

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.


Filed under: Charlie Crist • Florida • President Obama
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Franky

    “In fact, we’ve had to cut about $7 billion over the past two years, and we haven’t raised taxes and we’re still in balance. But, to be candid, it’s getting harder every day.”

    My goodness, are you serious?? Good lord, please know what you're doing...

    February 10, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Maggie from Virginia

    I'm sure this was not easy for Governor Crist. He and other decent republicans deserve praise for their efforts to better America. Thank you for your service, Governor.

    February 10, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Donna

    GOOD TO SEE CRIST IS MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PEOPLE!! THE REST OF THEM ARE ONLY LOOKING OUT FOR THEMSELVES! CRIST IS BEING SLAMMED NOW BY THE RIGHTWING LOONS OVER A GRETAWIRE!! THESE PEOPLE SEEM MORE LIKE COMMUNISTS TO ME IN TURNING ON EVERYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH THEM! AND THEY CALL THEMSELVES PATRIOTIC AMERICANS? DON'T THINK SO!

    February 10, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Donna

    WATCH OUT CRIST! FOX FOLLOWERS ARE SLAMMING YOU NOW!

    February 10, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Sam Sixpack

    Bloated bureaucrats feeding on your children's future.

    February 10, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. BILL

    FOX IS NOT A SITE FOR THE TRUE AMERICAN. AND IF YOU EVER DO WANT TO VOICE YOUR OPINION THERE THAT'S DIFFERENT THAN THE REST THEY'LL BAN YOU FROM POSTING! HOW'S THAT FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH? FAIR AND BALANCED? THEY SHOULD JUST GET RID OF THAT SITE. IT'S NOT WORTH ANYTHING TO THIS COUNTRY!!

    February 10, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Mark

    Thankyou Crist! Your a real american! Not like that phony bunch who call themselves republicans. They have shown this country just who their looking out for and it sure ain't us!!!

    February 10, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Had It

    Crist would do well to talk to his republican friends in the US house of representatives.

    The ball's back in their court now. This can turn into a stupid game of "table tennis" that will leave all of us homeless and broke if that bill doesn't get signed.

    February 10, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Minnesotan

    What's getting harder Charlie? Being a Republican, one of the despicable party who's responsible for so much catastrophe and devastation? The GOP needs to go extinct, if you ask me....

    February 10, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. John

    I am a registered republican, but I cannot agree with the republicans in Washington that think a stimulus package of just tax cuts will work. I fully support President Obama in his attempts to help get this economy started. I blame George Bush and Dick "dungeon master" Cheney for the economic hardships we are all facing because of their poor leadership. It's the same results of the first Bush presidency, he left the country in economic turmoil too, just not as bad. McCain, Shelby and others of the old Republican Guard need to go,, they are out of touch with reality. Pelosi needs to be reigned in or she needs to go too, she is clueless.

    February 10, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. chuck

    HERE COMES ONE OF THE MANY BEGGERS--–GOV CHARLIE CRISP (REP)

    February 10, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. SPQR753

    I guess Crist ought to contact his own Party leaders and urge them to get cracking!!!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Crist got smart after following that failed horse and buggy show(McCain/Palin) during the campaign.

    February 10, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. FreeNLovIt

    Crist should run for the SENATE seat in 2010. We need moderates to Move this country forward.

    February 10, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. jaye

    These governors are seeing whats happening in their states, and they know Obama has the best answer.
    And the republican governors have been the most critical of Obama and of the stimulus package, but they're first in line for a handout.
    I am officially ashamed of the republican party for their actions the past several months. They have nothing to offer but tax cuts, and whining and overacting.

    February 10, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Scott L

    Gee a Republican with a balanced budget and no increases in taxes!

    No wonder so many people move to Florida!

    February 10, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. yuri

    An astonishingly awesome GOP governor Charlie Crist seems to have an innate intuition of how the stimulus plan may come as a godsend to, perhaps, alleviate the current titanic travesties of the downtrodden destitutes in the US. Kudos to Crist and it is high time he infused some sense into his other GOP buddies, lest they misbehave or is it too late? I think it is.

    February 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. 1/20/13

    For all you libs telling us conservatives to leave the country, are you going to print money for ever?????We seem to be the only one paying taxes. How would a liberal country operate when many of you have never worked a day in your life.

    Put a 100 liberals on an island check back in a 100 years my guess they would all be gone. Put 100 conservatives on an island and check back I bet you have a thriving society

    February 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Jennifer

    Crist, just do what Specter did in the Senate....tell Obama you will push his agenda for some pork to go with your beans. He gave Specter millions for one of his projects for "joining the cause." I'm sure he will spread a little your way...he did say he was going to be creating new ports with some of that emergency stimulus money...couldn't you use one of those down there?

    February 10, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Come again!

    Well as a Floridian who is living with vacant houses on both sides of me.....I am happy Crist realized that the stimulus would help the state. We can't continue like this....it is getting worst not better. The unemployment in my county is 10.5%....maybe people like John McCan't and Graham who own many houses and cars and has money up the wahzoo don't understand that tax cuts won't help unemployed people! People need jobs! The Republicans are sooo fearful that this stimulus will actually help the country and put the Obama administration in even stronger position with the American people....they are sooo fearful that Obama will succeed and their demise will be more firmly underscored! Country first right!

    February 10, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Ex-Republican

    Yes, there are republicans out there worthy of re-election. Crist is one of the very few.

    Out with the procrastinating retards that sit on there fat back sides and urge the nation to do nothing, other then give the rich people tax breaks.

    February 10, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. bill

    sounds like florida govenor has woken up to reality.thanks for being honest

    February 10, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Carla B.

    Some Republicans seem to understand what average, good citizens go through in this country. Others pander to the extreme right and puff their big fat chests ...

    February 10, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Jason

    Chain-Gang Charlie has done his part to make it worse here in Florida, and done sod-all so far to make it better. This state's desire for Champaigne on a generic beer budget has led to this state being a place to vist now, not one to live in. Last in Education, Health Care, and Quailty of life issues compared to other states. Of course he wants federal money – then he can say he didn't use FLA money. Hypocritical and Cheap.
    Love Ya' Charlie

    February 10, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    19 GOP governors support it. Why? Because they're acting in a clear-headed manner and their re-election depends on helping the people of their state and the gov't of their state survive this crisis...and they are watching their people suffer right now.

    All but 3 GOP legislators hate it. Why? Because they got handed their everloving a$$es on November 4, 2008 and are bitter, angry, spiteful and still in denial that the American public overwhelmingly stated that we will no longer believe their disproven ideology They believe that the best chance they have of getting re-elected and winning more seats is forcing us to suffer for the next 4years and then blaming it on Obama.

    February 10, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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