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. Michele

    "America is waking up?" You mean, after sleeping through the Bush ruination of the economy, the housing market, the banks, industry, the military, our Constitutional rights, torture? One would hope that America has awakened from that nightmare! I think Crist is saying the politically expedient things to their base, but I disagree that a huge change will happen next year. Obama has not hurt this country. Look what is happening. Iran's nuclear facilities have been brought forward, and they are allowing the UN to inspect them. McCain would have bombed first, and asked questions after he spent another billion or so. The auto industry is slowly coming back. Health care for all Americans will happen. If Crist and other Republicans truly think that Americans in general are unhappy with these events, they are very wrong. Americans want peace, they want health care, and they want their jobs back. Republicans can deliver none of those things, or don't you think they would have during their two decades in power? Besides which, just who does he see filling Reagan's shoes today? Palin? Or the thrice married Gingrich?

    September 26, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Larry

    Yeah, just say no and that will get you a winning streak.

    September 26, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Yaya

    Please prove him wrong in 2012!!!

    September 26, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Saxo Grammaticus

    "It may happen again," Crist went on.
    Does anyone remember any president who had so many so eager for him to fail as Obama? Yet this is so cynically calculated: GOPers are poised to say "I told you so" if Obama does fail, but they get to go along for the ride when Obama succeeds.

    September 26, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. karen

    God bless you Mr. President....you are doing a wonderful job fighting for those without a voice.

    May god keep you in his light.....

    September 26, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Gary

    Wishfull thinking.

    September 26, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. elizabeth kivette

    Mr. Obama will be remembered only as "a flash in the pan." An inept president with a monstrous ego and one who ridicules any and all who disagree with him.

    September 26, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. linda crawford

    Old shake and bake Crist is irrelevant. Another Limbaugh lapdog.

    September 26, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. SC Observer

    I tend to agree that Obama may be a single term Pres. It seems nothing
    he's promised has materialized. One thing after another, from "stopping the war – was it in 6 months???, then Health Care, Now it's Guantanimo.....
    And how many things in between!

    September 26, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. john

    Wishful thinking. I predict the opposite. "Teabaggging" and "right wing terrorist" boorish behaviour will lead to even more backlash than in the last election. GOP needs to wake up.

    September 26, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. marty

    There has been a "change", a welcome change with President Obama. Either Gov Crist can't recognize it or he simply doesn't want to admit it. We are beginning to have much better relations with other countries; a decent and efficient health care plan is being developed and the biggest obstacle to all other attempted improvements is the 'party of NO', the Republicans in Congress who would never...never give credit nor assistance to this administration. When Gov Crist publicly admits that his wonderful Ronald Reagan passed the biggest tax bill in history; when Mr. Crist acknowledges that the beginning of the demise of the middle class began with the Reagan administration plus other activities not necessarily to the benefit of the middle class, only then will his words hold any credence. This is not the time for the silliness and ugliness of political power plays.

    September 26, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Army Brat

    So you're confirming the Republicans will continue to be the party of no and will continue to do everything OTHER than work with the President.

    Thank you for heads up..

    September 26, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. lee

    It is not about winning or losing political seats – its about providing for the people!! Obama is doing just fine with what he had to work with no way we are going back to the way it was.

    September 26, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Nobama

    I agree, but will it be too late by then to recover from the devastation the Affirmative Action President brought upon this once great nation? That is what happens when affirmative action is allowed in the work place, unqualified people are thrust into positions they are incapable of handling and the result is remarkable failure.

    September 26, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Michael Sheridan, Grand Rapids

    Wishful thinking and "preaching to the choir" aren't going to make things any easier for a GOP whose Congressional delegation is consistently polling at about a 20 percent approval rating. That's about 20 points behind their Democratic counterparts, and 30 or more points behind Pres. Obama.

    Nobody wants the GOP back in charge – if you aren't willing to accept that, and figure out why (hint: it isn't because you aren't conservative enough), then you're welcome to your time in the wilderness.

    September 26, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. America is getting better

    In your dreams, Crist. In your dreams! 4 years from now you Repubs are going to have no idea what hit you.

    September 26, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. John

    Dream on, Gov Crist.

    And it won't be you who succeeds him in another seven and a half years.

    September 26, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. phoenix86

    Times are going to get a lot tougher for Obama, as the truth is rapidly catching up to him.

    September 26, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Steve in Kentucky

    In your dreams, Charlie. In your dreams.

    September 26, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Levi

    Obama is possibly the most powerful President in history.... No other President has got farther with health care ever. The Repubs THINK they are making a comeback but Obama still has his massive base to go to...
    Some may not agree with the Dems in Washington on ONE issue right now, but I don't think that will translate into votes for the same group of guys that got us into this mess in the first place.... The Republicans...

    September 26, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Pilar

    I hope you are right!!!!!!!!!
    I am already tired of who is in the W.H. Change? What change?

    September 26, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. spenserm

    we want change... a smart GOP not the one that is currently rolling out...

    September 26, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Tristan

    There's been too much change? Is this guy off his meds?

    September 26, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. CBH

    Consider the source. Another republican trying to predict the future. Give me a break.

    September 26, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. The Wall

    Why is it,the other side brings something out of the past. The war in Iraq was supposed to be as glorious a use of our brave fighting men and women as liberating Europe in WWII.
    We are at a point in time when both sides need to work together and stop pandering to their base. They are leaders and should behave so.

    September 26, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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