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)
  1. seebofubar

    Right....good luck with that.

    November 3, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. j

    If pictures say all, then I must be gay as I have embraced when greeting some of my close friends after years of not seeing them.---– ABSOLUTELY LUDICROUS !!!!!!

    November 3, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. MichaelTrost

    Christ is one of the few Republicans in recent history who has a brain!!!

    November 3, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Fred

    I look forward to Democrats pushing forward all their "dream" agendas. As America swirls farther down the toilet, pushed by liberal feel-good programs, maybe there will be a great awakening as people begin to realize that the Dems haven't a clue. If not, then America will deserve it's new found third world status.

    November 3, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. John Birch

    Bene Marco! One more nail in the GOP coffin. This keeps up and the only voters the GOP will attract are "birthers" and worse. Ever read the history of the "Whig" party, ladies and gentlemen? It's fascinating.

    Heck, Limbaugh and company would think the late Barry Goldwater was too liberal and try to throw him out as well. "Who'd a thunk".

    November 3, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Bob Dog

    It is super fantastic entertainment to see Republicans eat their own. What great character, decency and poise. Its wonderful to see the Repubs rip each other to shreads. You can't buy this kind of entertainment.

    November 3, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Ralphie

    Interesting strategy for the GOP. Does anyone really believe the Republican party got wiped out last November because they were too moderate?

    November 3, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. ted

    If you are going to talk about the national debt, please remember it has gone up astronomically in the last year. Does this bother anybody.

    November 3, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Tommygunn

    I see 2 Moderates. One representing DEMOCRAT views and the other one representing REPUBLICAN views.

    It's nice to see where differences agree to disagree with CIVILITY.

    I may not like the ways of one party versus another, but when they are in control, I operate to my best ability under either leadership.


    November 3, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. fred

    I don't get it! What's this picture supposed to say??

    November 3, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. the southern progressive

    more moderate republicans getting pushed out of their own party.. pretty soon we will truly be a two party system.. "republicans" and "not republicans"...

    November 3, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Ryan

    And how has that stimulus package benefited any of you touting its value to American? BTW, it was supported by most members of BOTH I'm hoping that ALL incumbents are voted out on both sides of the Congressional aisle. Career politicians have brought this country to its knees.

    November 3, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Joe Mulkey

    As a VietNam veteran I thought my country was right. A loyal American would not believe our politicos would lie: I was wrong. When an invading force invades that's just what it is. No matter what the politicians say. Where do we get the right? What do we expect for an outcome. Afghanistan is no different than VietNam. We have no business there. Neither situation was/is worth a drop of American blood

    November 3, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. AQ

    It's actually nice to watch those that the Republican party embraced be the ones to take them down. They were warned about how insane the conservatives were and now they are paying for giving those hate-mongers attention and power. It's time we get a Moderate Party!

    November 3, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Anthony

    I wish Americans were too smart to base their vote on a picture of two people together. Sadly we are not. I think this picture shows that the two parties can find common ground and solutions for the American people. Too many Americans have little interest in "common ground." They want to stand their ground and fight a brutal fight to protect it. They stand in the way of progress.

    November 3, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Monrob

    The Cubans play very dirty. Christ should really watch his back.

    November 3, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. Minnesotan

    I love watching the Rethugs turn on, and devour, each other! It's well deserved for the party that brought us a $10 trillion debt, two wars, global disgrace, WMD's, and an economy in the toilet!

    November 3, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Lee, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Obama has certainly lost his luster now that people see that he is a socialist/marxist and all he wants to do is ruin this Country.

    The liberal press put him into office without any vetting (which should be done with all candidates, no matter what political party they are from).

    His "change" sure is working.....he's changed this Country from one of hope and prosperity to virtually NO hope and NO happiness.

    November 3, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. DH Mid MI

    And leave it to CNN to make sure its well publicized. Anything to discredit republicans right?

    November 3, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Florida has always been a disaster waiting to happen.If it werent for the American people as a whole,We would have voted for John and Sarah and watched the whole thing crash and burn like Rome and watched to see who the wingnuts would have blamed then.

    November 3, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. John

    Governor Crist secured federal money to improve our state. Get the picture? Vote for the man who will turn his back on us instead! Vote Rubio, and our roads will crumble again!

    Stand up for conservative values and stand in the way of progress!! Vote Rubio!!

    November 3, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. an american

    People, stand up and don't let those conservatives radicals takes our country. if they do take it we will be like doomed. They will hate blacks, hispanics, jews and natives americans. Those rich elitists will be richer.

    November 3, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Ray From NJ

    christ, guns and big business = republicans = TRUE AMERICANS.... the rest I guess we are all just visitors..

    November 3, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. ken

    The PRESIDENT is the nations leader! Let's all be PATRIOTS!!

    November 3, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. odumber, 1 and a half year old maturity level...

    You do realize that this kind of campaign ad is marginalizing the true point and/or details of the situation.

    But then again, America has been more than happy to be pandered to and instructed on how to feel.

    No better evidence exists for this then the notion that Fox News is "better" becaues it has higher ratings. Much like American Idol is better than the Beatles because their Ed Sullivan show appearence had lower ratings.

    Morons need their news to speak to them correctly, without chance of challenging them to think.

    So now we have this... a single picture. Literally years of published stances on issues, policies, proposals, and comunity support – all available for critical review on the internet – thrown to the curb beacuse a 'picture speaks a thousand words.' So Does Limbaugh, in a matter of minutes. Minutes that could have been better spent banging one's haed against a brick wall, let alone researching information to form one's own opinion.

    November 3, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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