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. Sean

    Honestly, what have the GOP done to win back our votes? It's very easy to attack anything that the president is doing, and taking on the toughest challenge... healthcare. Remember Bill Clinton was attacked by the GOP? Remember they predicted that he'd lost like Jimmy Carter? Stop listening of all these stupid predictions... get back to work, politicians!

    September 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Reggie

    I agree with Gov Crist. Obama will get thumped in his reelection bid.

    September 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. brian

    It's convenient that he leaves out the last 8 years that we wanted change from. Does anyone dare take a chance on another republican after Bush ran us in the ditch with full support from his party? I will never trust anything any republican ever says again – they had their 8 years and it was a complete disaster.

    September 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. djb

    I, for one, am very happy with the "change" that I have seen with this new administration. I am very pleased that President Obama is doing a great job cleaning up the mess that he inherited from eight years of "cowboy politics". So, don't speak too soon, Governor Crist, of the "no" party that I am a registered member but "no" longer speaks for me. How did you expect President Obama to get everything done in nine months? It took us eight years to spend the surplus left the Republicans in 2001 on an unnecessary war, to wreck our economy and to ruin our reputation world wide.

    September 26, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. John C

    Cheap poltical campaigning aimed at the most ignorant in society. THey thing that because they can say anything and some will fall for it, that somehow changes reality. They started this nonsense BEFORE he even took office. The GOP claimed Bush did a good job, There where WMD's in Iraq, Iraq played a part in 9/11, Exposing a cia agent was not poltical, Politicizeing the justice department was ok, warentless wiretaps where a good idea, deregulating banks was a good idea, torture was not a warcrime, etc etc etc.... They have been wrong more than any potilcal group, at any time in our nations history. Still some where stupid enough to beleive then, and some will be stupid enough to fall for this too. They are banking on the stupidity of the country. Beleive in AMerican, this garbage potlical dishohesty is not working anymore.

    September 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Sky

    This is soooooo! sad to see the Republicant's being so desperate.
    The American people are not that stupid. Obama will have his 8 years no matter what the G"No"P says. The conservatives are sliding further and further out tof the main stream everytime they open their mouths.

    September 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Thank God . You could not be more right !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. ap for obama

    who is cristi to make predictions, what about his future, he looks horrible

    September 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Keith

    More psycho-babble from a conservative nut. The minority is very vocal, but that's all they have for now. With good fortune, that's all they'll ever have. America rejected conservatism when enough people realized that its core philosophies are built on a foundation of greed, hate, and twisted perversions of Christian beliefs. The more people that come to this realization, the better we'll all be as a nation and the safer we'll all be as a global community.

    September 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. JR

    Just sounds like wishful thinking to me, if Obama pulls the economy out then he'll be reelected, it's still "the economy stupid" and always will be.

    September 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. S M R

    Why does eveything that comes out of the mouth of a GOP JUST THE OPPOSITE OF REALITY?

    September 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Mulford Simmons

    Thank God................ You could not be more right !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Eli

    I'd rather get Rush Limbuagh's herpes then vote Crist or any of his like into office.

    September 26, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. otto

    actually its the republicans that should watch out. thier inaction might just cost them this time around

    September 26, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Randy

    The remarks by Gov Crist is not surprising coming from a conservative Republican. When I voted for President Obama I did so looking for change and thus far I feel he has pressed to produce just that. But with change comes great resistance and he has and will continue to face just that. If he did not press for reform and change I would regret my vote. The type of change he has presented is exactly what is needed. I think the republican right wing wants anything that makes President Obama look like a failure. Even pushing against all policies that produce change that our country desparately needs. They have solidified a very negative posturing that has completely turned me off from the republican party. Let's not forget it was a republican President that created the financial crisis we now face within 8 years and caused our world view to become greatly compromised. I don't understand how so many can say that Obama's term thus far (less than one year) is some how worse than what we just came from. The mess wasn't created in a year how can we expect it to be resolved in a year. While they (many of the republicans) say they represent the interest of america I say the represent the interest of their own party.

    September 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Anand

    Does not matter. By the end of the first term, Obama would have accomplished more than 8 years of Bush. He would have reversed the plundering and closed the budget gap, brought the economy under control, restored respect of US on the world stage, fix the broken back of the middle class (who have been hit again and again relentlessly in the past eight years) and they will stand straight again, restored health of the financial system, make available basic healthcare to masses, instill vitality of the education system, on and on. You can count on more things than this list at the end of his first term. Sure, Republicans manage to brainwash part of the American public with their degraded and low level tactics, but majority of the American public perhaps would realize they are humble and decent and they don't need that kind of indoctrination. If they stoop even lower and try to manipulate the results and somehow win (like Bush), by that time middle class would have regained strenght to stand on their own and does not matter who the president is. Keep working on presidency to fail and country to fail. Thank you Republicans.

    September 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. JM

    The Republicans are grasping at straws once again. They have NO candidates worth a bucket of warm spit......NONE. Obama has been POTUS for less than ONE YEAR!! Keep grasping at straws you Republican losers. I'm a registered NON PARTISAN and see NO REPUBLICANS worth anything. I haven't forgotten BUSH's 8 years of failure that nearly killed this country. I will never FORGET!!

    September 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Hmmm.....

    could be..maybe...maybe not. Depends if he holds to his own ideology or does what he was elected to do.

    September 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Let me get this straight: Obama's short Presidency is something that a Republican thinks is "unsuccessful" and will lead to him be outed in 2012..........?? Then keep up the good work President Obama. The Republicans wouldn't know what diplomacy looks like, they don't understand what looking out for the middle class looks like and they really don't know what family values look like. The American Public is tired to death of people who are for nothing but money and power. There is not one person who is a Republican hopeful for 2012 that has shown that they stand for nothing but the rich, the status quo, and their ego.....including you Mr. Crist. Obama has set the economy on the right track, he has put us back into a place of power and honor on the World stage, and he is backing the middle class. During my lifetime I have NEVER seen a Republican be able to do all three of those things........especially during the 1st nine months of their Presidency. Even the Republicans Sainted President Reagan was not able to do all a matter of fact HE is the reason the economy is the way it is today and he is the reason the middle class is shrinking away to nothing.........Can any one say Trickle Down Economics??? As we all know Trickle Down never happened and it never will. Your party is trapped in the 70's and the only good thing that came from the 70's is the music.

    September 26, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Frank, FLA

    ah yes,,,our genius here in Fla has done so much for us ,,,,so now he can tell the future too ... what a joke

    September 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Josh Maloney

    Hey Crist – Thats an unfair assessment – although not surprising. People need to pull their heads out in your party and realize that "me first" Republican "values" do not cut it anymore and never will.

    September 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. S M R

    The GOP should be EMBARRASSED for what Their Party did to OUR Country.

    September 26, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Yeah, and what about the millions of people who wanted Bush out – well now that he is, those millions are thrilled to have a president who is compassionate, intelligent, politically savvy, dignified, and one that makes us proud to be an American. There are NO republicans who have all, and perhaps not any, of those qualities so maybe you should just leave your
    hateful speech inside your hateful heart.

    September 26, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Ricky

    The GOP/RNC will never get my vote, they dont do anything to speak for people of color and I feel most are out of touch.

    September 26, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. GR

    Crist, you are totally deranged.

    We finally have a leader that is RESPECTED around the world.

    A leader that is willing to tackle the TOUGH problems of America instead of trying to trick us into getting into wars for personal agendas.

    A leader that is willing to stand up to the "special interests" that have nearly collapsed the US and the world economy through their GREED.

    The Republican Party has abandoned its roots of fiscal conservatism nd become the party of factions, the party of "special interests", the party of the "good ol boys", the party of the status quo. It is the party who in the last 3 Republican admnistrations managed to raise the national debt by a staggering 9.5 Trillion dollars. How's that for a conservative party? – Pathetic.
    The Republican Party has no leaders, is totally bankrupt of ideas, and now resorts to embracing the distortions, scares and lies and sideshow antics of the right-wingnut talk show hosts like Limbaugh and Beck. The Republican Party is now nothing but a pathetic carnival sideshow. It is time for a real fiscal conservative party to take shape in America and leave this pathetic totally-corrupted "special interest" Republican Party to die a much needed death.

    September 26, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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