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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. coda70

    In his dreams!

    September 26, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. P.J.

    A Republican has predicted that a Republican will beat Obama in 2012? Wow! Stop the presses!

    September 26, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Obama Fan

    Obama enjoys tremendous national support and Charlie Crist thinks he's a one term president? Who's gonna beat him? Not Charlie. Charlie Crist's record is as shady as Mitt Romney's. Obama will get health care done, reduce the deficit Clinton-style, win re-election in a walk, and laugh at fools like Crist and Eric Cantor.

    September 26, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. ray

    President Obama will win next term. If Rep don't support health care reform, they'll loose more seats at both senate and House. The American people now acknowledge the ecomomy is gradually recovered. President Obama= 2 terms

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

    Republican are going back to one of their basic tenets of PR: If you repeat something often enough and long enough, people will begin to think its true.

    Rather than waste my time saying they "feel a winning streak coming", tell me what are the Republicans going to do in place of the policies which cost them dearly in the last election.

    September 26, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Just Me

    Please. Christ needs to come out the closet and stop making noise. President Obama will be reelected for a second term.

    September 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Tony Martinez

    What planet is Charlie Crist on? President Obama inherited a mess from 8 years of President Bush. "American is awake and we're coming back." Oh really?? 45 million Americans with no health insurance, the housing and financial crises (which by the way Gov Crist, your state of Florida is among the worst) More likely the people of Florida will realize what a terrible job you have done and send you to your retirement instead of the U.S. Senate.

    September 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Smart People

    Sorry Crist but i don't think most Americans have forgotten the last 8 YEARS! I don't see the landslide you're predicting.

    September 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Chris

    Riiiight.. lol, 8 months in Office and republicans are already saying Obama is over and they will win a landslide.. Yea and I bet The Panthers thought they where going to win 2 weeks ago against the eagles when they scored the 1st touchdown, we all know how that ended.. The point is, right now its a tie game halfway through the 1st quarter and republicans are already declaring victory for 2010 and 2012 lol. Wow they get more delusional as the days go by.

    Actually im wrong, im giving the republicans waaaay too much credit by saying its now a tie game.. In actuality Obama's approval ratings are now 55% and the GOP current approval rating is 28% hmmm.. Yea Charlie Crist, keep telling yourself whatever makes you sleep better at night buddy.

    September 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Lola

    What's wrong with this guy? Obama's been in office for not even a year and he wants the country to focus on some inane predicted failure. Get off your high horse and help for a change. This country is in a shambles and all these Republican's seem to do is work hard to make things worse, lie (or tell half-truths), spread fear and hate. Shame on you.

    September 26, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Leonore Dvorkin

    Dream on, Mr. Crist! All of us who supported Obama so enthusiastically last Nov. are not going to give up on him that easily. There is still lots of time between now and Nov. 2012 for him to help improve the economy and make good on many of his promises. He may not be perfect - who the heck is? - but I sure don't see any Republicans out there who attract my vote in the least.
    Leonore Dvorkin, author of ANOTHER CHANCE AT LIFE: A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR'S JOURNEY (Norilana Books, 2009) Details:

    September 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Carmela, Longwood, Florida

    Charlie, go back to your closet.

    September 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Richie

    Ha ha ha - Yeah, the day old white men become the majority, the GOP will come roaring back.

    September 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Chris

    Nothing but more negativity and criticism from the Right. It seems these days that the only way the Republicans know to build themselves up is by tearing the Democrats down.

    I'm originally from Michigan and now live in Florida so I can tell a few things about Mackinac Island and Governor Crist not mentioned in this article. The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference takes place at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac. It's an exclusive, luxury hotel for the wealthy that know for its preservation of much of the 19th century. Perfect the Republicans. And the biggest ways Governor Crist used to help make the budget – he increased revenues from gambling, hiked up the fines for misdeamenors and slashed social programs. All actions to take more and more money from the poor. All the while leaving untouched many tax exemptions for various industries – all who just happen to be backed by the wealthy. Typical Republican – let's give everything to the rich and screw everyone else.

    September 26, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Peoples Voice

    Dream on losers.

    September 26, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. June

    I wouldn't be licking my chops and sitting to the table too soon if I were a Republican. The Mess the Republicans have made for 8 years has not gone away or faded from Memory.
    This is an 8 Year long Republican MESS!!
    It will take more than 9 Months to clear this up.
    Mr. Crist better remember that and concentrate on Getting Florida back to par before casting Stones!
    The Republican Party is Down & Out for a Long, Long time!!
    There is No Republican Candidate to take on Pres. Obama and won't be for a while.
    We just better hope that Pres. Obama even still Wants the Job after the Mess he was left with!

    September 26, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Mark

    I'd vote for Obama, I'd never vote Republican again.

    September 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. ANGRY_Liberal

    The only way the Grand OLE Party of Rich, white racists can beat Obama is if they showed their true fascist colors and DIS-ENFRANCISED THE ENTIRE rest of the country, except for those country club, martini swilling losers that have already destroyed America with the Bush – Chaney debacle!

    I cannot wait till the Congress taxes the HELL out of those rich bastards. Who will lead the Right? That right wing-nut, EX gov of Alaska?

    The Repugs better remember, they are less than a generation now from the grave and the country is fast becoming a majority of minorities!

    September 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Concerned in North Carolina

    What is he now? Kreskin? This dribble, coming from the stand up guy who finally married his wife in order to be a more acceptable VP candidate on the utterly failed McCain ticket...I'd say he's more of an idiot than I thought before!! Dream on Charlie. You and your party of obstructionist fools are DOOMED!!!! And you deserve to be!

    September 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Nico Hardeman

    Wish is the father of thought

    September 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Governor Crist needs to come back to Florida and get us stright down here. Things are only a little better but not much

    September 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. Robert


    This is no prophet foreseeing the future. He is a Republican, and he is verbalizing his wishful thinking. Obama may lose in 2012, but it's entirely too early for this sort of prediction to be valid.

    September 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Proud member of "Global Zero:

    Way to go Crist. First you beg for stimulus money then let it be held up in our state legislature. Lowers the property taxes here and wonders why Dade and Broward have to lay off all the police, fireman, and teachers. Why don't you work a little bit on insurance in this state. It is way out of control. I have never lived in a state with such high premiums. This is for all insurance, car, property and health. Don't even get me started on the gas prices.

    The president deserves your respect. You will not get my families vote for the senate. We are democrats, republicans, and independants all suffering with our 10.6 percent unemployment. This is your job....not the presidents.

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

    Crist didn't predict Carter-esque loss for Obama. He is not God messenger. Like many GOP, he wanted Carter-esque loss for Obama. They wanted the president to fail.

    September 26, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    The problem is that, though Obama may have represented a change from GWB and the neo-con nuts, he was actually just a reversion to FDR and the tax-and-spend nuts. There's nothing new about Obama other than, possibly, the magnitude of his profligacy and the scope of his determination to seize all political power and concentrate it in Washington.

    The country doesn't need, and can't afford, this endless parade of political extremists dominating government. We need an end to politicians with their damned "visions for America."

    Just keep the bad guys on the far side of some ocean and keep the states from going to war with each other. That's mostly what the people who wrote the Constitution wanted the Federal government to do, and, as far as I'm concerned, the country would be a whole lot better off if was reined back to doing just that.

    September 26, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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