November 3rd, 2009
05:38 PM ET
9 years ago

Rubio hopes Crist-Obama picture speaks volumes

Rubio wants this image to resonate with conservative voters.

Rubio wants this image to resonate with conservative voters.

(CNN) - Pictures can speak a thousand words.

At least that's what former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio hopes.

The conservative Republican battling Gov. Charlie Crist for the GOP Senate nomination in that state has unveiled a new Web site showing a single full-page image of Crist with President Obama at a rally for the president's stimulus package last February.

"Get the picture?" text under the image reads. "Donate now to stand up for conservative principles."

Crist was one of only a handful of Republican governors to extend some support to the president's $787 billion stimulus package - a move that rankled some conservatives in his home state and across the country.

Since the Senate primary race began last May, Rubio has become the favorite of conservative Republicans while national party leaders are openly supporting Crist. Recent polls suggest Crist holds a 15 point lead over Rubio, a margin that is down from more than 30 points last summer.

The picture of Crist and Obama could resonate with conservatives in a similar way an image of Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman embracing President Bush resonated with liberal Democrats in 2006. Lieberman lost his Democratic primary to a liberal challenger that year, though won the general election as an independent.

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soundoff (176 Responses)

    Republicans are so out of touch......I hope they get their commin upentence tonight!

    November 3, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Susie

    Crist has been a disaster as Governor in Florida he will not do much better in Washington. All talk and no action.
    It is obvious looking at his history he is just a career politician – does not care for the position he gets just uses it as a stepping stone towards the top jobs.

    A failure

    November 3, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Big Daddy

    Yeah Rubio,we can take your pic.with George W. Bush !! I think I would vote for Crist anyday over you !!!

    November 3, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Laverne

    Nice picture!

    November 3, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. some guy in New Hampshire

    This approach is just stupid. Throughout the history of the republic, governors and presidents from different parties meet, speak, behave civilly toward each other, and collaborate to accomplish public business. The fact that Christ had a conversation with Obama is supposed to mean he's unworthy to be a senator? Or perhaps just that he's unworthy to be a Republican - in which case, every member of the U.S. House and Senate would be disqualified from being a card-carrying GOP'er. This is just one more reason to despise the current state of our politics and the two political parties that have created it.

    November 3, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Truth Teller

    Any republican that falls for that will believe anything. Oh wait, they do believe anything, like HCR death panels, socialism, etc

    November 3, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Jefe

    Based on the places unemployment is the worst, one has to assume its largely Republicans who are unemployed, and yet they still fight against Keynesian economics (which they've probably never heard of anyway).

    November 3, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Crist had better come out of the closet before the dems drag him out kicking and screaming.

    Honesty beats hypocrisy any day of the week – especially on Tuesdays when WE vote.

    November 3, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. catchyseachild

    Honestly, from the looks on the two's faces, it looks like Crist is telling Obama off, not planning strategy. Further, Obama looks like he's smirking at the guy.

    November 3, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Florida Joe

    What a bunch of hypocrites the Repubs are......complain about the stimulus package and then during August run home to BRAG how they brought home the bacon for their people......What we should publish is a photo of Rubio with his hero BUSH

    November 3, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. dd

    rubio is an idiot and his politics are absurd. crist did more for florida his first 90 days in office than jeb bush did in all the years he was gov.
    insurance premiiums were cut IMMEDIATELY,,anyone who thinks crist is a bad gov is brain dead and clueless.

    November 3, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. WAHEID

    inviolable conservative principles:
    1. hate Obama, distort his motives, lie when necessary. lie.
    2. hate Pelosi, oppose everything she stands for and any program she endorses, even if would benefit the country.
    3. hate Democrats, liberals, and anyone else who differs from you.
    4. pray for the second coming of Dick Cheney, the prophet who will lead the country to the conservative promised land.
    5. listen to Limbaugh every day; he's the only one in the country who knows the real truth.
    6. when challenged, wrap yourself in an American flag and claim to be a patriot.

    November 3, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. kelly

    It should not be suprising that he offers nothing but scare tactics to get votes. Same old republican policies. I am tired of the conservative ideology. Look where it got us... NO WHERE.

    And since much of the Republican Ideology is based on "Christian Values" maybe they should re-visit what those actually are.... much of the stunts they pull are not Christian like at all

    November 3, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. katiec

    Our country does not want or need the ultra conservatives having any say so over us or the future of our country.
    The republicans are making a grave mistake by adopting the radical religious right position as they are a minority and not supported in any way by the majority,.
    And, their hiding behind the bible while being malicious, hypocrtical, untruthful and inciting hate, anger, fear mongering and division of our country will be their ruination as there are many out there who understand and support true Christianity.

    November 3, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. John

    Are there really adults that would vote against someone because of a picture with Obama? Republican are really showing what a think of people.

    November 3, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. JB

    All these years I've been hoping for a viable third party since I don't feel represented by Dems or the GOP. But when one begins to emerge, our choices will be Left, Right and EXTREME Right? No thanks.

    November 3, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Gerald

    Once again a photo of two clueless wind bags.

    November 3, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Mike

    crist is a mini obama and hopefully he will be defeated.

    November 3, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Dan, TX

    Go Rubio! We need a democratic senator from Florida.

    November 3, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. R.K. in Arkansas

    Sorry, matter how hard you try, you'll NEVER get my vote! Conservatives have no real values. Far too many of them are will to DESTROY this country at any cost to turn it into a theocracy run by Bible thumping hypocrites.


    November 3, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Jack Fl

    You got my vote Charlie. I have seen yor common sence applied for the benefit of all Floridians. One of a few GOP'ers who understands bi-partisanship. For the People not the party!

    November 3, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    Crist should change party's and become a democrate ..that was the smartest thing he has done ,by agreeing with the president on the package 🙂
    gary davis
    harbor oregon

    November 3, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. America Shrugged

    Many Governors in conservative states took the money after alot of bellyaching. They know that they can take what Dems offer and then gripe about dem spending during election time and get votes. What a system. Eat the cake and complain about the frosting.

    November 3, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. WhoCares?

    My Lord...Do these Republicans live in grass huts or something? away from Obama and back into the arms of Bush/Cheney Republicans.

    November 3, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. ken, holland pa

    that's it. conservatives are going to try and win with 20% of the vote. That's the same math that made a mess of this country and the debt. you want to be a conservative? how about we send you the $2 trillion dollar tax bill for the two wars you helped sell. and no, i don't feel any safer.

    November 3, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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