September 26th, 2009
06:31 PM ET
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Crist predicts Carter-esque loss for Obama


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. Musicianforlife

    How is this news? This is an opinion....nothing more. Obama has done some incredible things, let not get caught up in propaganda.

    September 26, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. rightsaid

    Quit dreaming. Carter was a good man. Obama is a great man and he'll likely go down in history as one of our great presidents. But, that is up to him. For now, he is doing just fine, and there is little to indicate that he will lose in 2012.

    Keep dreaming GOP.

    September 26, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    Governor Crist has no idea. Well, GOP is already on an ousting from the White House and Congress. We need real change for the American People than ever. Obviously, GOP is very satisfied with status quo.

    September 26, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. CM

    As always waiting for modification; so here goes and the republicans can offer good change.

    September 26, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Liberals are Hypocrites

    Crist is SO right. We are SO ready to be rid of the empty suit named Obama.

    September 26, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Jon Krieger

    Let's hope and pray that he's right!I feel that Obama is already going to to go down in history as the worst president we've ever had bar none!

    September 26, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Stu

    I remember all too well how Carter fumbled and bumbled during his 4 yrs. He showed cowardice in dealing with the Iran Hostage Crisis, and it took Reagan to bring them home. Carter got us involved in Afghanistan to give the USSR "their Viet Nam", setting the state for the rise of al qaeda and UBL. Now Carter is starting to sound like Al, Jesse, and Jeremiah. Carter was by far, the most inept, worst president in US history and he would do well to quietly fade away. Obama is shaping up to follow suit. We can only hope its four and no more.

    How dare he grovel and apologize to the rest of the world. We have saved the world from aggression over and over. Our money provides for all sorts of security, humanitarian aid, economic assistance, and so forth. Perhaps we should withhold all foreign aid, except to Britain and Israel, which are clearly the only two allies we can truly count on.

    September 26, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Patty

    Keep Dreaming Crist. President OBAMA has been in office for nine months and has the GOP eating each other.

    September 26, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. anonymous

    As a former Obama supporter, I absolutely agree. Obama is the next Carter.

    September 26, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. star

    Uh OH Chrissy- are you sure you want to say that in the general election when you come down here to florida.I don't think the millions of obama voters, especially students at UF,FSU, FAMU, UMiami, USF and UCF would welcome that. And where you not campaigning with Obama about the stimulus money...i'll keep quiet as I don't want to let your secret out Charlie

    September 26, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. jeff in mn

    your party is bankrupt of ideas and morals. I don't care what you have to say.

    September 26, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    So who will the Republicans nominate to oppose the President in 2012? Who is their sure-thing candidate able to sway all those moderates, centrists and independents who decide presidential elections these days? (

    September 26, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Jacob

    and what? vote a Republican in? Get over it!

    September 26, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. S M R

    Gov. Crist is in LaLa land if He thinks the GOP has a chance in ANY election come 2010,2012 and beyond.

    September 26, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Jim In OC

    Crist is another delusional Republican.

    Crist seems to have forgotten why in incompetent party was booted out of power by Americans.

    It is funny to see GOP boys making plans for their upcoming 'Great Victories' after screwing up our country for last 8 years...

    September 26, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Sean the thinker

    Charlie Crist has a good point. Fortunately for President Obama and his adminstration they have the benefit of learning from history and the benefit of having three remaining years in his term to turn around any negative sentiment against him.

    If it was Obama's original intent to implement healthcare reform, Its better to do it at the onset of his term. I think if healthcare reform is going to be sucessful, its results won't be apparent immediately, perhaps during the third or last year of his term. This is why I think he won't have the same misfortune that former President Carter had.

    September 26, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. m jeff

    Don't worry Gov Crist, we won't make the mistake of putting a selfish greedy Republican back in office so they can look out for only their rich friends.

    September 26, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Ken Williams

    I'm afraid the Governor is wrong. The same sheep who showed up in massive numbers to vote for Obama will still vote for him without knowing why just like the first time they voted for him without knowing why. They know he's not qualified but because Sean Penn and MSNBC say he's qualified he surly must be...right?

    September 26, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. annie s

    I wanted this much of a change. Heck, I wanted even more. What I don't want is a return to the disastrous Reaganomics that nearly destroyed this country, and I don't want a return to the go it alone disastrous foreign policy of the Bush era. Republicans have proven to have one voice – one of fear – and have set out to destroy the Obama presidency just as they once set out to ruin the Clinton presidency. I'm hoping Americans are finally smarter than they were and can see that President Obama is on the right path to making America prosperous and competitive in the new world order and building our economy from the ground up. He's off to a good start. Give him his health care reform and that good start turns great.

    September 26, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Susan

    He is right........... we have Palin as the new Reagan, except she is a QUITTER...........

    September 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Marko,TX

    Dream on've got your head in the clouds AGAIN!

    September 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Crist = Opportunist

    Crist is transparently pandering to the far right (again). He started by opposing Justice Sotomayor over some absurd accusation that she was somehow not constitutionally qualified, even though she ruled with the majority 98.2% on constitutional cases.

    Crist is just the type of hallow politician that goes whichever way the winds blow. He embraced President Obama's stimulus at first and of course, now goes into criticism mode as he prepares for an upcoming primary where many FL Republicans increasingly do not trust Crist–his actions are predictable and pathetic.

    September 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Blue

    Crist don't count your chickens before they hatch, President Obama is in it for the long haul. Our country cannot take anymore of the GOP rule. The last eight years almost destroyed us and our country. Who do you think that you are? You are just another Bush Republican.

    September 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Kasyla

    This is tooooo funny, maybe he's the one to take Palin's place in comedy. What an idiot.

    September 26, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Nate from Atlanta

    I actually agree with Crist (one one the few republicans who I would support). Obama needs to get it together quick on health care because if this issue keeps lingering with or without getting it passed, he won't get re-elected.

    September 26, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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