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. Steve

    Just post a picture of Rubio with Beck, Rush and Hannity – the leaders of the Republican party!!!

    November 3, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Republicans are the American Taliban

    And remember Republicans to all bring your assault rifles with you when go to vote!! Just as you did at the townhall meetings here in Arizona. There is a revolution happening we are told by the hatemongers on Fox news...and you want to be ready when it all goes down...

    November 3, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Beyond Absurd

    Two words that do not belong in the same sentence: conservative and principals. Start with the issue of health care. How can conservatives, who portray themselves as the last bastion of Christian virtue, fail to understand the moral failure of providing health care for everyone in this country. Why are we the only industrialized, and supposedly advanced, nation in the world that permits this folly. Maybe its the conservative "principle" of "I made my money and you cannot have any of it because there is no excuse for you not having as much of it as I do". That's pretty advanced thinking, for a banana republic.

    November 3, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    I love watching the Republican Civil War. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.

    November 3, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. WisedUP.

    "The Devil moves in mysterious ways"

    November 3, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Pat in IL

    Good grief....bashing someone for using his own mind to support what he thinks is best for the country? Enough of the Republican Party Puppets!!! I'm still hoping for at least a handful of real statesmen who put the country first in their discernments – is that too much to expect?

    November 3, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Troubled Independent

    The obammie dimwit-o-crats are pathetic.

    Obammie should be dealing with the ecomony, etc, instead of constantly campaigning. Of course, compaigning is the only thing he does well. Time to move on to being president.

    November 3, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. sammy

    Rubio can try as hard as he wants, we all know Crist is going to destroy him come election time. Charlie has the support of conservative democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

    November 3, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Adam

    Many of you are right, its become a ideology war-fare. Instead of fighting for us, their making us fight each other and its not solving any problems.

    Initially, we were upset about businesses controlling the government and now we're upset about government taking power away from businesses. We been spending money so far in business interests, and now that we are spending money in the common people's interests... its against conservative principles? Come on sheeple!

    November 3, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. KBJ

    Get the picture? He's talked to the President before! Blasphemy!

    November 3, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Mark

    It's already to the point that any politician whom is seen as a friend of obama will lose. That's good! 2012 can't get here soon enough.

    November 3, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. GOPer

    Crist is unfortunately a transparent politician who talks the talk but does not walk the walk. He welcomes the recovery funds when it suits him and now bashes the president to pander to the GOPer base.

    Rubio is another far-right ideologue who sanctimoniously espouses faux values while hypocritically taking funds from the gambling industry.

    November 3, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. FactCheck

    Yay, Rubio is going to win that 21% of the Conservative Republican vote. Go wing-nuts!!

    November 3, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Conserva-Baggers are bad for America

    I ALMOST feel sorry for the Republican party. What a mess they've gotten themselves into by catering to the crazies all these years! Oh well . . . good for the Democrats.

    November 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. lance corporal

    and this works because republicans care more about PARTY than they do america, they are self serving brats who would screw the majority of americans

    November 3, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Hammerer

    As some politicans are begining to realize, Obama has become a political liability in most areas of the country.

    November 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Barack reads his lies, Unions Thrive and the Economy dies.

    I feel for Crist, this can be a very damaging picture for his future.

    I feel for him being in the same frame of the destroyer of our economy and our way of life. It will soon become political suicide to have anything to do with this radical liberal, soon be know as Mr, BIG TAXES, and MR BIG SPENDING, the destoyer of our and our children's future, our first Marxist President.

    November 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. joe smith

    Florida, the retirement capitol of the U.S. If AIPAC wants someone to win, they will win; no matter the politics, selfserving knows no bounds..

    November 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Pragmatic

    I am so sick of hearing about "conservative principals" when the rhetoric is never followed up with "conservative success!" They are all talk and no action... except to kick the moderates to the curb.

    Want to see really scary? NYS – 23rd moderate woman was forced to "drop out" after being selected by local republicans: Who is running? A conservative WHO DOES NOT EVEN LIVE IN THE DISTRICT! Who endorsed him? All the wanna-bee's & has been conservatives: Talk about democracy .... NOT if you are a republican!

    November 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. suresh

    The conservatives are like jihadis. Anyone who goes against their agenda (which is basicaly to show that Obama is a failure) is targeted. We see that in NY 23rd district. They made the moderate Republican candidate to withdraw. Crist showed courage and common sense to support stimulus. By the way stimulus was not idea of only Democratic economists. All economists agreed that a stimulus is required. Also those Republican governors like Jinda opposed the stimulus, late quietly accepted their portion of the money. These guys have no shame. They care more for their party than their state and the people.

    November 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |

    Whenever you have a bad economic situation (and this one is a big one with nearly 1 in 5 out of a job) voters will be looking to replace the incumbent's party with anyone else on the ballot. This is how Bill Clinton beat Bush Sr, how Regan beat Carter and how Obama's beat McCain. It's all about the economy, stupid.

    November 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. tee

    If you vote have to be out of touch and out of mind.....what value have they brought to this country this year.....They speak of what they believe or want to happen in the negative......Where do they get their info from Miss CLEO. IF IFS AND BUTS WERE CANDY AND NUTS.....IT WOULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY.....WHAT HAVE THEY DONE FOR US LATELY!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Monster Zero

    Crist is a typical career lawyer politician, every move is carefully assessed to make sure he doesn't go against public opinion. Since he backed the Stimu-less plan and the Obama bail outs for GM and AIG, paid for with my taxpayer monies, I wouldn't vote for him as dog catcher. Our public schools are horrid, our permitting agencies are a nightmare of bureaucracy, we have a hometown democracy bill coming up that is basically mob rule, our State permitting agencies are full of obstructionist lawyers and tree huggers and most of our Cities are FULL of illegal immigrants that were here to support the past construction and development boom. Good Job Charlie!

    Can't wait for the Elitist Dumbocrats to sign up in Copenhagen for the New World Government, that will be the rallying wake up call for Americans to fight to maintain our sovereignty as a Nation as well as our individual FREEDOM!

    November 3, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. JF

    "CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES" ....oxymoronism at its best !! 🙂

    November 3, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Just Me

    Oh Pleazze CNN. The GOP is already damaged goods. You can't damage what's already damaged. So let's not pretend that picture of Charlie gengerly touching the POTUS is damaging. If it's damaging to anyone, it is to Christ whose mannerism is suspect.

    November 3, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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