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. Blinded by the lie

    Then I guess you won't be Senator either bud.

    September 26, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. morefromLA

    Can Charlie see Russia from his backyard too? In eight months President Obama has done more to put our nation on the right track than Georege W. did in eight years.

    September 26, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Buster

    Obama can only LIE so many times before even stupid liberals don't believe him anymore.......can you say GITMO, transparency, 5 day waiting period, lobbiests in white house, working acroos the isle.

    September 26, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. MATT

    Republicans are now trying anything to convience the American public that we are all wrong and they, the GOP, are truly backed by Christ and therefor, makes everything they said and do turn to gold. Morons.

    September 26, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Justin

    What a mess the Republican Party has become....it ain't the Party Mom and Pop once supported. That Party is long gone.

    September 26, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Luke

    Republican crapola.

    September 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Susan in Arkansas

    Oh, please, Mr. Crist. President Obama is only 9 months into a four year term and you are making such a ridiculous prediction? Sounds more like wishful thinking on your part. When I look at the number of issues our President has tackled in less than a year, I am impressed. It is so nice to have an intelligent, well-spoken leader back in the White House. Once again, Republicans believe that if they spout enough negativity, people will buy into it. THOSE TIMES are the ones that are over, Mr. Christ.

    September 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Peter

    I can bet with you it will be a long time before the republicans win any presidential elections! dont be fooled by wingnuts, they were / still they are republicans, without reaching the independents and dropping the No philosophy on every idea forget about the State House for 2 decades or 3!!!. You can't Rush, Becks and Fox news take over the party!!!. Otherwise after loosing the election of 2012 the republican party will be past tense!! or the south party!

    September 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. victim of republican greed

    Republican dreamers: still crazy after all these years. No solutions, out of touch with reality, obstructionists, against health insurance reform, for corporate greed, and they think the voters are buying it.

    September 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Bubble of Sanity

    There is no comparison of Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama. Carter was already in free fall when he was elected. He had seen a huge lead over Ford almost evaporate. Political commentators of the time said that if the election had been held a week later, Ford would have won. Every time Carter opened his mouth, more people realized he had no plan, no clue.

    By the time of the Inauguration, he was already unpopular and couldn't even win the support of his own Democratic congress. He had no victories and won no support.

    Obama may not have the wave of excitement behind him now that he had in January, but in the immortal paraphrase of Lloyd Bentsen, "He is no Jimmy Carter." Mr. Obama has more on the ball on his worst day than Carter did on his best.

    September 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. S Callahan

    What we need is leadership that is holitstic....inclusive of all elements of society.....but unforunately there is only one who can deliver on that kind of change and he is not here yet....but the day will come when he will be and the world will be better for it.

    In the meantime...we have two political parties acting from the same backroom, and filling the world with foolish words and deciet.

    September 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Kevin

    Wishful thinking. The difference is that Reagan actually had new ideas that were generally supported by public sentiment at the time.

    September 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. TOM/Topeka

    Told ya Republican Crist is nuttier than a fruitcake.....Total "nut-job".

    September 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. JILL

    I'm sure Republicans are crossing their fingers. . . . . .

    September 26, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. victim of republican greed

    I think we will see a McCain-esque loss for the republican candidate in 2012. I cannot imagine independents and moderates supporting the party of hate and corporate greed.

    September 26, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. nancie

    Republicans can sure complain, but note, they never have any solutions.....Republicans are NONPRODUCTIVE!

    September 26, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    Gov. Crist is right about the change under Obama. This is far too much change, and the wrong kind.
    I hope he is right about the coming ousting from office. I intend to work for it. I haven't been so anxious to see anybody put into office since a gubernatorial race during the 1950s, when the successful candidate was a family friend.
    In 2012, my candidate for president will be Anybody But Obama.

    September 26, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. victim of republican greed

    Crist is losing his credibility as a senate candidate in Florida.

    September 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Tim

    Amen, Crist. Obama is going down hard in 2012. Only 403 days until the 2010 elections and taking this country back!

    September 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. CindyLouWho

    Republicans are sure looking silly these days.....the party is finished.

    September 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Ren from Baltimore

    As Governor of Florida, he can sure afford to talk as if he can stop a Democrat from winning the Presidency. Again. Just like Jeb did for his brother. Really, Crist?

    September 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. PALIN/BACHMANN 2012!!!

    Charlie Christ is right!!! Republicans are finally regaining the initiative!!! You could see it in the happy faces of the real Americans, the Teabaggers demonstrating in Washington against change. Shouting out proudly that America is just fine the way it is!!! We don't want Socialism messing with our insurance companies or Medicare!!!

    September 26, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. David Jones

    Governor Crist who has followed the Palin template of moving on to something else before completing a single term nor has done anything else in public life, has now added acting as a Presidential historian to his razor thin resume. Obama has a 60% or higher approval rating in states making up 375 electoral votes. And, things are only going to get better as the economy turns around. Once again, there is no basis for a GOP official making silly comments to its base. The GOP has turned into the Party of liars. And, yes, I voted for McCain when I should have voted for Obama.

    September 26, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. VGal

    HA HA HA – and let me guess... he's just the man to do it? Ha ha ha. Keep telling yourself how awesome you are.

    September 26, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Joe In Nevada

    This sort of proves that the leaders of the republican party have absolutely NOTHING to offer so instead they resort to this: using their weekly address to not to offer counter-solutions but to predict failure and spread more devisiveness, lies and hate.

    September 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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