November 3rd, 2009
05:38 PM ET
5 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)
  1. Alex -DC

    Is it duck season or is it rabbit season? It's liberal season.

    November 3, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. HD

    The Govenor was trying to do something that was good for the people of FL and not simply following party lines. When are people going to look at what's best for the country and not focus on political parties. Neither party has the best interests of the country in it's core plan. We need leaders who want to fix the country and not just play games.

    November 3, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Billy J..Texas..

    Yes.... lets have another great depression before they decide to help. Oh wait. If it had been a Republican led congress and Whitehouse, the stimulus would have been twice as big with twice as much going to 'friends' and nobody would have squawked a bit (except for a few 'real' fiscal conservatives like Ron Paul). What a classy bunch.

    November 3, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. james

    Susie is right, Crist has been a disaster and failure... he's republican, what do you expect?

    November 3, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. P.G

    Communicating with the president?

    My GOD! What has he done???

    GOP – keep falling on your sword. Please.

    November 3, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Bubba

    After eight years of being told it's treason not to support the president, it's so funny to watch them flip-flop!

    November 3, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. johnrj08

    Crist supported and accepted the stimulus because he knew it was the right thing to do. This dope Rubio is just another ideologue. Keeping the economy from crashing into another Great Depression wasn't a 'conservative vs liberal' issue. It was about the survival of our standard of living. I don't know if Crist has been a good governor for Florida or not, but this tactic which Rubio is using is right out of Karl Rove's playbook. "Country Last".

    November 3, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Reaganomics Leads To Feudalism

    Being seen with our President is an ASSET, not a liability.

    November 3, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. sandy

    This picture shows me a republican and democrate can work together and this is what the American people want.

    November 3, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Barbie

    So, what – A "real" Republican wouldn't even ever be photographed in the same room at the same time as Obama???? How RIDICULOUS!!! Don't we want to send people to Washington who are going to be able to work together? Why would we send people who are so disdainful of other perspectives that they don't even want to be in same room? Outrageous.

    November 3, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. aldo

    according to the documentory Outrage shown last week on HBO,Crist is a closeted gay man. The republican machine will not allow him to become senator.

    November 3, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Andi

    ooooo...the 'evil Obama' connection.....GOP needs to grow up

    November 3, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Crist supported Obama's stimulus...

    but did he support Bush's Oct 3, 2008 bank bailout?

    Or, did he support Bush's 2001 $1.3 TRILLION dollar tax cut stimulus plan?

    November 3, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. FloridaBoy12

    Wouldn't be so bad if he hadn't accepted the money and then turned around and trash-taled the Pres.

    Christ is a piece of crap, so is Rubio.

    November 3, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. victim of republican greed

    Rubio is supported by the right wing slime that caused the culture of corruption during the last 8 years.

    November 3, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. victim of republican greed

    If we are taking a poll, Susie is wrong. Crist was looking out for Florida, and I will be happy to vote for him.

    November 3, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. felicia

    Well i think President Obama looks good, what a beautiful man.

    November 3, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. arjay

    I wrote off then-governor Republican John Engler when he refused to greet then-President Bill Clinton when he visited Michigan years ago. I'm now writing off Florida Governor Crist for not meeting President Obama when he visited Florida last week. These people who put party politcs ahead of national interest make me sick.

    November 3, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Dmitri Lowry

    So being caught speaking to the President of the United States is grounds for being voted out of office? Are we that divided?

    November 3, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. arapikos

    I think two very smart and clever leaders went to bat for the American people–not for political reasons. Some of us need to be reborn on what the leaders of our great country are suppose to stand for–not money or fame–not to stand on the shoulders of their supports.

    November 3, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. victim of republican greed

    To support Rubio, is to send a wingnut to the senate who does not give a rat's behind about Floridians.

    November 3, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. California Dem

    HEHEHE....The Repubs are in self destruct mode. Keep on truckin'

    November 3, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Ed Tallahassee

    I hope Rubio wins the Primary with his dash to the far right, it will make it easier for the Democrats to win over the moderates.

    November 3, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Big Ed

    This is just plain silly!

    November 3, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Brad

    oh please.... can anyone think for themselves now? You're seriously going to let a picture override your ability to research candidates, their views, and principles?

    November 3, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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