February 10th, 2009
12:23 PM ET
9 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. Sniffit

    @ 1/20/13

    Wrong date, noodlehead.

    February 10, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. obama-mama

    Put 100 conservatives on an island and check back I bet you have a thriving society wearing their white pointy hats and fighting each other.

    February 10, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Obama - NOPE

    Will Congress relax environmental compliances for stimulus projects? If not, those promised jobs are years away.

    February 10, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. hmm

    If Florida has a balanced budget, and taxes weren't increased, then why do they NEED "stimulus" dollars? Doesn't that show that's it's really a spending bill? We are ALL going to have to sacrifice. Pumping government money will do nothing but avoid the BOTTOM which is inevitable.

    February 10, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Noah

    The government has never created a job. They can only create "work." These pet projects will not be sustaining. Once the projects are completed then those employed will be laid off again. The only way to create real growth in employment is to cut tax rates and the capital gains tax so that businesses start investing again in new equipment, facilities and employees!

    February 10, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    I do not know very much about the Gov. of Florida, Crist, but it appears he is ready to put the needs of the people of his state ahead of his party. I think this is good that he is willing to be open to trying new things. Like so many others, I am hopeful that things will work out for all of us.

    February 10, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Spencer/Hampton Roads, VA

    The republaican governors seem to have a better understanding of why this stimulus is needed. The GOP senators just don't seem to get it.

    February 10, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    Thanks to Govenor Crist, for realizing that Florida, needs help. I can not see how many of the governors are following party lines and not doing what is best for their state. The three Repubilcan senators, that voted for the package are now being told that their party will work againist them. These people believe in this nation and what our new President is attemping to fix the mess that the Republicans left him. Reading things like this makes one want to work against any Repubican running for office.

    February 10, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. sandee in Portland

    Good for him. A republican who will actually do what is best for the people. The republicans need more politicians like him, one that doesn't stand entirely for the party, but stands for the people.

    For all the Senators that voted against the stimulus, their states should not receive any of the money marked for infrastructure, education for anything else.

    February 10, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Colorado Catholic

    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
    Put a whole bunch of conservatives on an island and they would shoot themselves because of a power struggle. Libs (i am independent) would actually try to work together as a society. Think of a Hippie commune(libs) compared to Jonestown(gop).

    February 10, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Alicia

    @ Jennifer.....you must be blessed to not be unemployed or homeless. Good for you.

    I don't know alot about Crist, but admired how when Chris Matthews asked Crist if he also wanted President Obama to fail like Rush Limbaugh. Crist answered a resounding NO. He said that President Obama is his president. Crist loves his country and state.

    Now, let's see if the Repubs pick someone to run against him like the three (3) senators.

    Republicans are used to the mindset of tax cuts for the wealthy and dictatorship style of the Bush eight years.

    WAY TO GO CRIST!!!!!

    February 10, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Frank From Selwyn

    Reading these blogs those supporting the GOP agenda and spout anti Obama rhetoric all have the same common thread.

    It seems anyone having fallen on hard times need to be abandoned and doing anything to help the less fortunate is socialism.

    I just can't help wondering how did a country with so much going for it cultivate such callous and ignorant people. Maybe the cause is just too many years of a sub standard education system or lack of caring and conscienous parental guidance in their early years.

    February 10, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. carlo

    It took a lot of courage for Gov. Crist to do that. He should be elected if for no other reason but the fact that he is at least trying to do what's best for Floridians, even if it alienates him from the Republicans. I feel that way and I'm not a Republican.

    February 10, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Judy

    I have new admiration for Gov. Christ. I'm sure this was not an easy thing for him to do, but it's the right thing. If only more of our politicians would do what's right instead of what's politically expedient, we would be much better off. Thank you Gov. Christ!

    February 10, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. WI Cheesehead

    GOP economic message going back to end of 2007: Denial, Delay, Do Nothing.
    By the way GOP, if I have no job a tax cut is of no use to me. But a few GOPers are coming to their senses now.

    February 10, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Dorothy in NC

    It is truly amazing. We all share a country; a land that is suppose to be a chance for people to live, grow and flourish. Now is it hard to do any of that with the mess this country is in. All I see in these comments is sarcasm, criticism and bigotry, I want to know what you all are doing to help with this crisis? Has anyone stopped charging? Has anyone tried to help, even their local government? Has anyone sent a letter to Obama saying that they are sorry he inherited this mess and how much we appreciate that he is at least trying to move forward? Has anyone written to the President with their constructive ideas?
    It is time we stop this petty bickering and start thinking about what we can do to help. This stimulus package is not perfect, nothing is. This package may not solve the problem completely and it may get worse before it gets better but Obama walked into this and he has only been President 2 weeks. He has done more to try to rebuild this country in this short time than any President I know of. Maybe if we hadn't rebult Iran, our country wouldn't be in this horrific mess.

    February 10, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. greed is not good

    Thanks for the rare Republican support Gov. Crist. At least some Republicans are willing to work together to fix the mess Bush/Cheney left

    February 10, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Mercedes

    If Gov. Charlie Crist runs for senator I will vote for him. He is doing more for our state than those three republicans who we have down here in South Florida. The three cubans, two Diaz-Balart brothers and (sp?) Illena Roth-Leithner who don't do anything else then to bring this down on Pres. Obama. Roth-Leithner said last night Pres. Obama was like a bad saleperson trying to sell his product. I don't believe she is correct!

    February 10, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |

    Way to go Gov. Crist!


    February 10, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Griff

    As the Devil said. "All this can be your's one day."

    February 10, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. pat C.

    i think only the states that voted for the stim package should get money for relief. let the other bozoos sit back and watch what a mistake they made by not supporting president obama in his plan to strengthen and moderize america not just for today but for our kids in the next generation. we need to be seen again to other countries as the super power we once were before the bush destruction days.
    i say let the republicans that can not see obama's vision just go away. we don't need them getting in our presidents way.

    February 10, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Debbie

    Frank From Selwyn.....Best post I have read all day. And then they have the nerve to claim to be CHRISTIANS. Hypocrisy!!

    February 10, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Angie in Pa

    Well Finally a Good Republican one who cares about the People way to go Crist!!

    February 10, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Debby

    Good for Crist he should speak what he thinks is right even if its going against some of his party goers.

    February 10, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. john ray

    i think governor crist is just doing this to appeal to independent and democratic voters in florida. he was extremely critical of "president" obama's economic policies during the campaign.

    February 10, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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