September 26th, 2009
06:31 PM ET
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Crist predicts Carter-esque loss for Obama

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said he thinks President Barack Obama could be in for an ousting from office similar to what happened to Democratic President Jimmy Carter after his first term.(PHOTO CREDITS: Chris Welch/CNN)
MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan (CNN) – Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said he thinks President Barack Obama could be in for an ousting from office similar to what happened to Democratic President Jimmy Carter after his first term.

"I think the people wanted a change," the Florida Republican said, speaking of the election of Obama in November while drawing similarities to events decades earlier.

"They wanted a change back in 1976. You remember? Richard Nixon had been president. That ended. Gerald Ford took over. The people decided they wanted a change. They got one-Jimmy Carter. Four years later, they took care of business-Ronald Reagan."

"It may happen again," Crist went on. "I believe that the people have seen that they wanted a change but not this much. Not this kind, and not this way. America is awake and we're coming back."

Crist, who's now running for U.S. Senate, said Republicans feel a winning streak coming on for the next few years, "so bad they can taste it," he said. "Especially after the seven or eight or nine months that we've had of this new administration."

Crist was the keynote speaker Friday night at the biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor delivered an address himself Saturday morning. Cantor touched on the healthcare debate, calling some of the options being discussed in Washington of late "ill-defined," adding they would be "a gamble," according to remarks sent out by Cantor's campaign committee.

The Mackinac conference is held every other year-non-election years-and brings together politicians and candidates from across the state of Michigan, as well as national Republican figures making waves.

Also scheduled to speak this year is Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Both men have been rumored to be considering a presidential run in 2012.

Two years ago, this conference brought together the likes of previous presidential hopefuls. John McCain, Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani, and Fred Thompson all attended in 2007.


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  1. S M R

    Sorry Gov. Crist but there just isn't enough Hillbillies to GET IT DONE!!!

    September 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Ken, Arizona

    Wishful thinking. Yes, America does want change, but not back to what the Republicans have to offer. They are devoid of any ideas.

    September 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. stan

    The gop still dont get it,this is not the 80s when the white vote was 90%,the gop is going to have to find a very strong canidate to defeat obama because that canidate is going to have to get 65% of the white vote to even squeak by obama,am afraid the gop is going to be very shocked when they see the democrats still in power for yrs in yrs to come because of the rise of the minority vote,like i said before i just dont see a path to power for the gop in the future because the demographics is so much different then it was back before 1990,when is the gop going to wakeup in smell the coffee.

    September 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Gpenn

    Charlie, Florida doesn't want you. You went back on every single campaign promise. We will be happy to have you out of Tallahassee and I hope you won't be going to DC.

    September 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Dave C - NJ

    Sorry...the people voted. Just because the GOP is screaming their heads off and the losers are whining doesn't mean they have the votes.

    We all know what the republicans are. No thanks.

    September 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Mike in Los Angeles

    Who could possibly take this comment seriously? President Obama hasn't even been in office a full year yet, and Crist already thinks he knows how the next three years and four months of his term are going to turn out? Calling this man delusional would be a vast understatement, but then the entire GOP seems to be rather delusional these days. The damage that Nixon and company did to the United States was mild compared to the damage that the GOP inflicted on us over the last eight years, and it's going to take America a lot longer than three years to recover from it enough to put another republican in the Oval Office. That the people of Florida actually elected this man to represent them in any capacity doesn't say much for the people of Florida.

    September 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Gee! surprise,surprise! what else would one expect to hear from a republican? Personaly I think he will be a two term president followed by another democrat possible Hilary Clinton. We the people are not over George W Bush's reign of terror yet and want be for a long long time.

    September 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Susan

    YOU WISH Mr. Crist.

    Nobody wants the Republicans back and it's WAAY too soon to be writing off Obama. He's only been in office for 9 months!

    Maybe if you Republicans would think of your country first and stop sabotaging the legally elected President just to score political points, Mr Obama might actually get some things accomplished that would be good for the people of this country.

    But the Republicans only care about themselves and getting re-elected. They couldn't care less if the electorate starves to death!

    Susan

    September 26, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. FactCheck

    Crist=Bhagdad Bob.

    Keep telling yourselves everything is okay with the RNC. Maybe the 20% that are still your party members may start believing it.

    September 26, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Thomas

    "Let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet." Those seven, eight or nine months President Obama's been seated in the oval office has shown every indication of change, “Rome was not built in a day; its landscaping came after as well.” It's so easy to compare history’s past, again too what's been less then a full-year with the newest administrations efforts; don’t forget the disaster which was inherited upon entering. It’s even easier to toss stones, while not having even a soap box to stand on; while doing so. "Let the Man, The President and our Chief do his job, the more The Republican (copied) speech’s condemns President Obama’s efforts and accomplishments over and over again; the more hypocritical the Republican Party is set in stone. It became laughable to take seriously Florida Gov. Charlie Crist whom should find a newer and more present script to read from; knowing the past is the past; while President Obama promised and is directed his efforts forward towards, “Our,” futures. ... Take a seat Gov. your speech is nothing new, it's as old as you frankly; speaking!

    Mr. Thomas Stocks
    Punahou, Hawai'i

    September 26, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. twiddly

    "...Especially after the seven or eight or nine months that we've had of this new administration..."

    Ha! After the 8 years of the awful Bush administration, I think it's going to take more than 9 months to clean up the mess Obama inherited.

    Keep dreaming, Crist. You and your fellow republican dinosaurs still don't get it, and you still won't get the votes either.

    September 26, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. typical grandstanding

    So, you say president Obama's healthcare plan would be a gamble...but, what about your fearless leader George Bush's plan to invest all of the (already broken) Social Security & Medicare into the Stock Market...at the height of the peak, just before it collapsed!!! Yeah, what would have happened if we had done THAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    September 26, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Right Leaning Independent

    I do believe that Charlie Crist is correct. One and done for this egomaniac, business hating, anti capatalist, rich hating, tax raising, big spending liberal!! Hopefully we can elect a fiscally responsible President since the last two have not been!! Independents are going to decide the next election. Obama's ratings are dropping, which is a result of Independents that are disappointed with him and they will make a change...

    September 26, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Adalbert

    Desperate republicans will try anything to discredit and demonize Mr. Obama. They do not have clue as to what to do other than cutting taxes and waging wars. They have not accomplished one single thing to help the average American in years.

    September 26, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. www.healthcareforamericanow.org

    Well, if Charlie Crist says that Republicans feel a winning streak coming on for the next few years, "so bad they can taste it," and predicts a Carter-esque loss for Obama, then I suppose there's nothing left for us Democrats to do than surrender to the incompetent leadership of the confused Republican Party...

    WHAT?!?!

    Crist needs to get his political gauge fixed.

    The so-called leaders of the Republican Party are reeling from recent defeats and are scrambling to feed their followers anything that might trick them into believing that these so-called leaders can actually offer a single solution to our country's big problems.

    They're even inventing phony controversies in order to deflect attention away from their lack of ideas and, indeed, from the very reality of our country's big problems, which need to be addressed by real leaders.

    We Democrats know very well that this is our time to set the country back on course after yet another Republican administration has steered us wrong.

    And this time we're going to do what should have been done over 40 years ago, and the Republicans are shaking because they know that they're wrong and CAN'T STOP REAL REFORMS.

    September 26, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. teresa

    You know the Rebublicans keep talking about this comeback, But the polls don't back up there wishful thinking-The only noise they hear are from the right wing nuts who sure yell alot and make lots of noid=se but are not helping there party move forward, so I say keep letting them make noi

    September 26, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Art

    Dream ON Crist !! After America sees how much bettr off we are after four years, and after the dust settles on healthcare reform....GOP will put up some loser like Romney or Palin.....Remember Carter lost to Ronald Reagan....the only likeable Republican in the past 50 years..Likable because he was an actor.

    September 26, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. nick

    Who cares Charlie,,you my friend are irrelevant,,,republicans are irrelevant and obsolete!!!

    September 26, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. CR

    Wishful thinking to say the least. The Republican Party has lost its credibility, and in all likelihood is finished on the national level.

    September 26, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. peter

    This looser could not even carry florida for mccain, what is he talking about....

    September 26, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. diane

    president Obama is trying to make some very tough changes, that will be a lot better for the middle class american people, but not too good for the small percent of the wealthiest. things will not be so bad for them, they will still be very rich,, but they dont want to give up even one penny, they want it all, even if it is leaving more and more middle class homeless, no health care, because they cant afford to pay what the insurance doesnt pay, if they even have insurance. i like him, i voted for him, i trust him, no matter what you rich whites try to start about him. i am a WHITE 63 year old, who knows i will get good medicare, when it is time for me to get it.i dont understand why some of you seem to hate him, i wonder if JESUS was there, what would you do? because he is the one who is showing love for his fellow men and women, some of you are just showing how selfish you are.

    September 26, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. teresa

    You know the Rebublicans keep talking about this comeback, But the polls don't back up there wishful thinking-The only noise they hear are from the right wing nuts who sure yell alot and make lots of noise but are not helping there party move forward, so I say keep letting them make noise so they can sink the party forever!!! And one more thing, listing to Crist it sounds so familiar, just say no, let Obama fail and we'll be back in power, great idea! Now what else do you have to contribute! NOTHING!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. JonDie

    "Crist...said Republicans feel a winning streak coming on for the next few years "

    Yes, Mr. Crist, let's return to 2001 to 2009, when your banker friends stole everything on Wall Street that wasn't tied down, when 50,000 US soldiers were killed or wounded so that Republican corporate friends could steal billions from the Treasury, and when Republican policies almost caused a Great Depression.

    Unfortunately, about half the US population is actually stupid enough to think that the Bush years were the "good, old days."

    September 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Concerned

    Sure enough people wants change. The question remain, do they want a change that reflects the Bush years? Do they really want a change to more of the same failed policies that led us to the brink of economic desaster?
    I know change went I see it but with the way things are going; I prefer to go with the current changes than what was available for eight long Bush years.

    It seems most people have a short attention span and very short memory. Failed policies and wanton disregard for human dignity plus the mentality that states; it's better to upfilt the few than to uplift the many.

    September 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Mickey, New York

    Well of course he predicts this for Obama...Crist wouldn't be advocating the new Republican mantra of "The Party Of No" if he wished anything different.

    Just as my pappy used to say... "You can dress up a turd in a three-piece suit, but at the end of the day, it still smells like a turd".

    The Republican Party: The 21st century's turds...

    September 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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