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.

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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. john ray

    Governor Crist is nothing special.

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

    this guy knows where the wind is blowing; it's better to join the program and I applaud him for that, together with the 3 TRUE REPUBLICAN WISE MeN that joined the rest of Americans to do something about this economy!

    This Is The Time To Spend the Pork at Home, Not in Iraq

    YES WE CAN!!!!

    February 10, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. DJ in TX

    Charlie Crist campaigned hard for McCain. But reality has sunk in for his state and many other states.

    I just got laid off. How are tax cuts going to help me? If you gave my former company tax breaks, do you think they'll hire me back? Not likely. They'll line their pockets and still lay off people if sales don't pick up. That's the bottom line. It doesn't matter how much tax breaks you give a company, if nobody is buying their product, they'll still lay off people. A tax break for someone to start a business and hire people – nobody has any money to buy the product. I wouldn't start a business right now.

    Nissan just announed 20K (with many in the US) to be let go. Caterpillar 20K, Starbucks, Dell, HP, you name it. Please tell me how tax cuts would save all these jobs??????????????????

    February 10, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. slickingdom in N.J.

    Another republican sees the light !!!!.......OMG!!!!

    February 10, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Mari

    You have to admire the Republicans who like Crist, are crossing party lines for the GOOD for their Country!

    The Republican party, AM Radio-hate-and-fear-mongers & 'Faux' News have one mission........ derail Obama!

    The far-right refuse to SEE the disaster that has been left by Bush! Those who fail to learn from past mistakes are doom to repeat them.

    *** WARNING to GOPers******* America is watching closely, to see IF you will cooperate or continue to obstruct.

    February 10, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Jinny Lee

    Go to it Crist! You are one of the few Republicans that has a brain.

    February 10, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. concern

    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

    OF NEO NOTZIS Planning somehow to take over the world.
    With god blessings of course!!!!

    February 10, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Pa for Obama

    I give the governor credit for taking the right stand on this issue.

    February 10, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. wakeupamerica

    At least Charlie Crist has some sense. I wish he would tell his GOP Senators to grow up and grow some b*lls. They have their super huge Senate salaries and investments to live on. The GOP just don't live on the same planet. as the rest of the world Set party politics aside and work to do something to help the American people. This "we all stand together or we don't do anything attitude" is their version of a 2 year old temper tantrum. Grow up people. This ain't a joke. Why didn't you stand in solidarity while Bush led this country off the cliff? Now your posturing and grandstanding is messing with peoples lives and the future of our country. Wake up from the denial and do something.

    February 10, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful

    He just makes the Republican Gang CRAZY! Love that smile, but mostly the intelligence!

    Keep it movin' Mr. President

    February 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. J

    These Repub. governors " Get it !! " Too bad the Senators are so far from main street and too closely linked to their lobbiests. They are guided by stale, wrong policies the rich folks have enjoyed the last few years. --Power and wealth will not go down without a fight to the finish--- trust me !!!!!

    February 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Debi

    I hope all the naysayers remember this: when China decides to collect on the debt we owe them we will all become communist.

    Socialism is beautiful compared to communism.

    It is in our better interest to get jobs going again so we can work at paying the debt off from the previous administration; otherwise, there will be no one to buy China's product causing them to collect the debt we owe.

    I hope they take Palin's Alaska and Bush's Texas as repayment first.

    Keep Florida beautiful, keep a governor that cares in office.
    Way to go Crist.

    February 10, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Dan

    Nobody is paying attention to stock market. Barack's press conference last evening. His travel to IN & FL, his stimulus bill, Geithner's press conference today, etc did not help for confidence in stock market. Dow went down by almost 400 points. Thanks to Obama. He is now getting us all bankrupt. People are blinded by him and his stupid policies. If nothing was done, today stock market would have gone up. THis kind of leadership we need so that we can lose whatever we have.

    February 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. fred

    I don't think this country needs this plan. I think, however, now that the economy is banking on a bailout, this might be needed. If no bailouts were ever put in place, the economy would find a different way to fix itself.

    February 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Jill

    Charlie Crist – a republican that gets it – and he's got his priorities straight.

    February 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. JC

    Government at all levels BROKE from irresponsible POLITICIANS running our country into the ground...and they want bailed out. What they need is a swift kick out of office.

    February 10, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Tee in NC

    wow I see we are still blaming the GOP for every short coming in the world. Don't get me wrong, Bush wasn't even close to being a good POTUS but you people refuse to take ownership of some problems your created yourself.

    Buying a house you can't afford
    Living off credit
    Not planing for your future
    Living above your means
    Not voting in the past local, state and national election
    Turning a blind eye as long as you got what you wanted
    Not standing up for your fellow Americans as they lost their jobs overseas...

    This package should be about getting Americans back on our feet but not living off the Government.

    This package isn't about giving money to any and all social programs, I bet 99% of you hasn't even taken the time to read whats in the package.

    Its both the Dems and GOP fault we are in this mess and lest not forget the general public for our parts, too.

    February 10, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Deb

    Finally a Repub who is putting his country first and his party second. He is a repub I could vote for

    February 10, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Chuck, Tennessee

    We need to learn something from Crist – A BALANCED BUDGET IS A GOOD THING AND IT CAN BE DONE! I have believed for years, including the Bush years, that a balanced budget is the best thing our government can do to help our country.

    February 10, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Sue

    Thank you, Governor Crist. I am hoping and praying that some of this money will go to education. I work for a small school district and we have to cut $3.1 million. Many people are going to lose their jobs this spring, including me.

    February 10, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. PaulMoATX

    Dan – "Dow went down by almost 400 points. Thanks to Obama."

    Earth to Dan, earth to Dan. Obama didn't create this mess, he inherited it and is doing everything possible to get the American people back to work. Open your eyes and pay attention, read and educate yourself, but don't put blame on Obama when he had nothing to do with the spending of the first $350 billion (yes, he did vote for it, but Bush pushed it out the door with no transparency or overview whatsever).

    Some people are just so clueless.

    February 10, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. Axel

    Dan – last I checked we have an elected Democracy not Government by Dow. Its sad to see some people let the movement of the Dow dictate their opinions on policy, but most of us know better than to trust our future and direction to a glorified casino.

    February 10, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Survivor

    like Obama said (again) if what I do and promote does not work – vote me out in 4 years – Obama isn't doing this because he wants to but feels he needs to do something – then the GOB Senators go all "Republicany" and cry fowl... ... always tweeking the recovery bill and overstating and mis-stating what is being done......don't judge books by covers nor spending "by name alone" there is something deeper than what the title says.....you need to repair schools, roads, parkways, etc. this gets people jobs, money, some certainty, get the banks and financial systems into the lending business again, stablelize housing market to keep people in their homes (paying something) instead of millions of empty perfectly good houses! this isn't a permanant thing its only a little primer on the pump to get things going again – and then – if we are all careful we can come back again – lessons learned?? I hope so.

    February 10, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. obama-mama

    All the Republicans that are rallying for this bill better be careful. The Republicans are like the mafia. Double cross them and they will make your life hell. It's as if they are some type of cult. I wonder if they would actually break your legs or something like that.

    February 10, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. arithmetic is liberal


    Here is what would happen:

    If you put 100 conservatives on an island, 1 would say that God decided that he should be the supreme leader, 1 would start up a radio station that backed up that guy, and say his talent was on loan from God, and the other 98 would sharecrop.

    February 10, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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