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
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  1. arithmetic is liberal

    PaulMoATX February 10th, 2009 3:11 pm ET

    Some people are just so clueless.

    No, some people are just willfully ignorant, and want to get people dumber than they are to believe what they believe. It's the guiding principal of AM hate radio after all!

    February 10, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Matthew, Houston, TX

    Noah February 10th, 2009 1:54 pm ET

    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!


    Hey Noah,

    You're an idiot. Tax cuts for business and the rich DON"T WORK!!!! They are what got us here in the first place. Companies DO NOT make hiring and layoff decisions because of tax cuts, they make them based on SALES!! If no one has money to buy any of their product, no amount of tax cut will encourage a company to hire someone.

    Get an education before ranting, please.

    February 10, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Terry, TX

    What does Governor Christ care...he doesn't have to pay this money back.
    This is a freebie...remember 40% of this country does not pay taxes...I do...and the banks that got money have to pay it back.

    Remember Florida wanted a Water Park and refuses to drill for for state revenues...not like this country could you use oil and they might be able to pay their welfare bills and illegal aliens benefits. Hello...why should he complain....

    Before any one complains I am Hispanic and it's disgusting the money we are spending on illegal aliens....it's gotten to be a hot issue...I get calls now they promote the free programs ....because I have a Latin last name...that's another story....

    February 10, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. payback

    I'am glad to see a republican see the light. But can you say "swift boat". That's what will happen. Now, by him appearing with President Obama. fox(fix)news is gearing-up............................

    February 10, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. EC, MD

    THANK GOD, it's a blessing to have those FEW Republicans who are willing to STEP UP on behalf of the American people like Gov. Christ, Sen. Snow and Sen. Spector.

    All those other GOP Thugs in Washington making threats against their own colleagues is just utterly disgraceful and should NOT be tolerated . This just proves that the GOP will rather turn against and eat their own than work constructively towards helping to dig us out of this economic crisis!! SHAMEFUL!!!

    Voters need to call their Republican Senators and Congressmen/woman and let them have it!!!

    February 10, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Kevin

    Gov. Crist. I don't like Republican, and I don't mince words, BUT YOU, BUDDY BOY, I'll share a cold one with you.

    You seem to be the ONLY Republican that GETS IT.

    February 10, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. McEmtol

    A good man that finds himself in a very bad situation (GOP) but here we see the quality of his goodness.

    February 10, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. rich

    Chris knows which way his bread is buttered.

    February 10, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Deborah

    I think Crist should have the FL AG investigate Rush's doctor shopping and make sure Rush is arrested for it before Rush causes all the republicans to have it in for Crist.

    February 10, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. mkn

    I would like to know, from all of these "anti stimulus" people what plan they have to help this country.
    You all spend lots of time pissing and moaning but you don't come up with any real solutions.
    It is time to put up or shut up.
    And to those of you who voted for Bush TWICE, you don't get to complain. He left us with this mess.

    February 10, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Tina, NC

    Honesty people, I just don't get some of the Republicans. This crisis is like a doctor just told you that your spouse needs major life-saving surgery and the Republicans are saying oh wait, we've got too much credit card debt. We can't afford an operation. They'd rather let their spouse die. While THEY were the ones responsible for the debt to begin with.

    Strange how the Republicans are now so fiscally conservative and worried about the debt. It's unbelievable!

    February 10, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Diane

    And the GOP thought they lost big this election – what do they think will happen to their party in 2010. The American people are fed up with their BS – and they still disregard us. I have been a life long Republican who is no longer. I am ashamed, disappointed, fed up with Lindsey Graham, John McCain, John Boehner and all of the others who think it is cute to dig their heels in and obstruct this stimulus plan. Where were these people when GWB was spending like a drunken sailor (sorry for the pun and no offense intended to the Navy – my late husband was a sailor).

    February 10, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Alan

    With all due respect Governor, how could education in your state get any worse. According to the U.S. Dept of Ed. only 27% of eighth graders rate proficient at math and 28% rate proficient in reading. These scores are accomplished while the state spends $7,919 per student. To put it in prospective, a school with 1200 students represents $9,500,000 in spending!!! There are 2,700,000 students in Florida at a cost of $21,381,300,000 and not even 30% are proficient in reading and math!!!!

    They do not need more money, they need drastic change and reform in the schools.

    This stimulus talk about helping education is nothing more than an attempt to tug at emotional heart strings. All it is going to do is give more money to the NEA and not help the children at all. If they can't do it with over $21 BILLION, is giving them more going to help?

    This stimulus is scam on the American people!

    February 10, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Zac

    No one who is sane can accuse Obama of not trying to be bipartisan.

    *glances over at RNC*

    I rest my case.

    February 10, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. hadelaide

    Good to know that Gov. Crist is ditching the Taliban GOP on this issue. We all know he campaigned hard for the John "I know nothing about economics; the fundamentals of the economy are sound" McCain. He should tell McCain and other GOPers that this is what you call country first. Even though GOP idea of giving $15K tax cut or credit to home purchase was included in the bill, they are still whining. This provision is there to facilitate their friends to buy houses at a low interest rate and then flip it to some unsuspecting buyer and reap huge profits. Giving the tax credit is good only if you have a job to pay the mortgage. If you have no job, how will you afford the mortgage?

    February 10, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. jaye

    These republican governors are so against President Obama and the stimulus package, yet they're first in line to get the money.
    They have NO shame! They also look pretty ignorant.

    February 10, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. KLS

    Glad to know there are Republicans who actually seem to care about the American public. Thank you Governor Crist!!!

    I just hope that the GOP and Rush don't start a hate campaign against you. It's time for both parties to come together and work towards a better America instead of the own parties ideology.

    February 10, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Gail

    Thank you Senators Snowe, Collins and Specter! Thank you for showing you care about the american people instead of Polictics. These obstructionist GOP's will be history will you are reelected. We all should contact these 3 GOP senators and express our thanks.

    February 10, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Gail

    What is wrong with the GOP !!!! ???? Really GOP? You're going to try to unseat Snowe, Collins and Specter because they voted in favor of the American People? Really????

    The GOP obstructionists know they are history – Colins, Snowe and Specter will be relected if they run.

    THANK YOU!!!

    February 10, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Robin

    I really want this to work. But after looking it over, I don't see how it will.

    I'm all for improving schools and improving infrastructure. But can someone please point out where this bill will create jobs? What about this bill do you like? Or do people like it because Obama says its good, so it must be?

    February 10, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Neuroperson

    So many misinformed liberals. Its a shame that you all are allowed to vote, but that is America after all... Spending has been PROVEN to NOT WORK at least TWICE in the last CENTURY.

    This is just a PORK, SPENDING package. It will only put is in debt. And for all those that say Bush, War, Blah, Blah, yes the 850 Billion spent there is also a travesty..so why would you possibly defend even more spending?? Becuase you are an idiot..

    February 10, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Oregon

    Thank you Gov. Crist.

    But the Republican obstructionists are looking more and more like clowns everyday.

    They're revolting against the 3 GOP senators who supported Obama's Stimulus bill? Really?? Are you kidding me? They would rather vote against Americans than support Obama???? Bad move for them.

    AMERICANS SUPPORT OBAMA'S STIMULUS PLAN but we don't support these Obstructionists republicans. They will be voted out of office next time around.

    February 10, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Oregon

    I sure hope those stinking obstructionist Republicans are reading these posts. This is what Americans are thinking – and we don't like you guys.

    Thank you Senators Snowe, Collins and Specter. You are true Americans.

    February 10, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Tim

    I' not sure why all the libs here are loving Gov. Crist....he said his state's budget was IN BALANCE! That is what happens when you run your budget responsibly. Not the way Barry is doing it.

    February 10, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Deborah

    I now forgive Crist for stumping for McCain. I am also amazed that McCain, – aka "economics is not my strong point" – has the nerve to bash this bill. McCain, if economics is not your strong point, please keep your vote to yourself.

    Crist is trying to be responsible for Florida. The republicans will do nothing but eat their own decending party.

    I say: any state with a republican governor that does not agree with this package your state gets no money.

    At least in Florida the one republican senator has gotten a clue and is not running again.

    February 10, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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