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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    Democrats have it easy there are going to GAIN more seats in congres 🙂

    With Republicans like Beck ,Cheny, Rolve, Bush, Bill o riely, Palin and BECK and BECK plus Rush limpy being the leaders and representive of mainstream republicans The democrats need no help to get reelected and take more seat from republicans LOL

    They are so good at pointing out radical republican extreamism and protecting the top 1 percent of wealthy corpate WELFARE DEAD BEATS that plundered the WORKING AMERICANS TAXES and wealth under Bush Cheny republican rule. WE REALY DONT NEED HELP.

    They are doing so much damage to republicans I bet they are Democrats MOLES in the republican party LOL You cant pay any one to do a better job of destroying the republican party LOL

    Are they that stupid they only focus is appealing to the right wing extreamist voters LOL

    Are they that stupid that there action and lack of action has no appeal to the moderates and swing voters LOL

    Are they that STUPID republicans dont understand that extreamist in either party always vote for there party LOL. You will never win an election with out strong support of the moderats and swing voters.

    I HOPE THEY DO DEFEAT THE OBAMA health care bill. HOPE THEY UNDERSTAND MODERATES AND SWING VOTER want reform and public option LOL and it will reflect HEAVLY IN MORE DEMOCRATS TAKING OVER CONGRESS to get it passed LOL

    we will get public option if we have to kick out more republicans we will do it and kick out the bought and paid insurance democats to.


    ELECTION 101 I HOPE REPUBLICANS UNDERSTAND that minorites blacks hispanics asians are the fastest growing poll of voters. With there racist like attitudes on policy and bashing and disrespecting a minority president never done in presidential history is not scoring well with republicans. DONT FORGET OVER HALF THE WHITES VOTED FOR THE BLACK PRESIDENT LOL Im just wondering where you plan to make up the votes LOL LOL LOL

    I see the BLUE SAILS SAILING at the whitehouse for a long time to come 🙂

    September 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. ab from MN

    national polls show at only 18% consider themselves affiliated with the Republican party. 66% of people feed the republicans are only playing politics. While over 60% think the republican are being obstructionist. Fox news might be creating a lot of false noise out of the fringe right, but believe me Mr. Crist, we want change and we're not done yet. We're not done until our government is back in the hands of the people and not corporations. We're not going to stop looking for change until politicians serve the people and not the company's bank rolling them. The repubicans are still shrinking. We're going to vote them out and the democrats who are still in bed with corporate america. What you smell isn't a winning streak sir. It's the crap coming out of your mouths.

    September 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Perusing-through

    GOV. CHARLIE CRIST SOUNDS LIKE A DESPERATE MAN, , , and that is a real surprise. Millions of "real" Americans are hurting, and they are sick and tired of "fork tongue speaking, do nothing" Republicans. Americans know their unemployment directly relate to 8-years of Bush policies, and they know they have NO health coverage because of Congressional GOP "do nothing" policies.

    September 26, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. S M R

    We have the CHANGE in AMERICA that was so Important.... Change from the GOP connected at the hip of BIG BUSINESS and the RICH..... TO a LOVING and CARING POTUS That cares about the MIDDLE CLASS ,which is the BACKBONE OF AMERICA. OBAMA 2012, CLINTON 2016,2020.

    September 26, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. VGal

    Do these guys JUST NOT GET IT??? Instead of playing CONSTANT politics, perhaps he could address a REAL crisis???? Perhaps the great fortune teller could offer real solutions to problems that exist today? I don't want to hear his predictions on politics. I want to hear his SOLUTIONS.

    September 26, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Dixon

    If people remember all that then I am sure they also remember what happened to the average working people under Regan. Don't believe for a minute that Obama has no support, or we won't be blaming the proper people for obstructing improvements for our country. Those few screaming idiots at the so called Tea Party's will not win it for you. I believe until you people have something to offer besides slamming Obama and lies about his policies you have no chance. This is how you blocked so much when Clinton was in office. Lots of delay and fear mongering. If there is one thing the Republicans are good at is war. Demonize the enemy and confuse the battlefield.

    September 26, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Peace

    Is that a day dream of Charlie Crist? Is he aware where the approval rating of his party stands now? He needs someone to inform him accordingly.

    September 26, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Becka

    Republican Crist is just another old, disgruntled, out-of-touch, white-haired moron who yearns for the days of George W,. and the riches and capital gains he once enjoyed. Crist is a greedy Republican who can't stand having "his funds" cut. He needs to be ousted, along with other nonproductive Republicans. What a sorry bunch.

    September 26, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Betts37

    Crist has LOST IT!

    September 26, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. gg17

    If Gov. Crist thinks the American people want a return to reactionary unAmerican incompetent Republican mismanagement, further erosion and destruction of the middle class, undermining of Constitutional principles, etc. he really needs to stop listening to the Republican propaganda machine and get a life.

    September 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Allison23

    Republicans are dreaming again.

    September 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. cfoster

    Crist should wise up and leave the GOP becuase he is a liberal anyway. I don't think a Republican is the answer either, look at what Bush did to ruin this nation. The GOP had a chance when the took control of congrees in 1994 but the sold the America people down the river. The only people who benefit under the GOP are the rich and big corporations.

    September 26, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. ALEX

    Crist needs to hit the nursing home running.......he's acting totally stupid now.

    September 26, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. Richard L

    Charlie Crist is appealing to the hardcore Republicans. He's trying to have it both ways and his liberal record isn't going to go over well with any of them that actually care enough to check.

    September 26, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Mario, mtl, ca.

    I think this guy is dreaming....

    September 26, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. S M R

    I predict that Gov. Crist will EAT HIS WORDS.

    September 26, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. S M R

    The MAJORITY thinks the GOP is HARMFUL to the FUTURE OF AMERICA.

    September 26, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Trisha

    While I can appreciate his point of view, I respectfully disagree. The lower income citizens who are receiving benefits under the current administration are also the ones who realized their right to vote in the 2008 election. This is something they are not likely to forget.

    September 26, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Guilty Bystander

    Charlie, you haven't got a clue.

    Have you been chumming around with Limbaugh at the West Palm Beach mansion?

    September 26, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. bredren420

    a lot can happen in 3 years, pal.

    September 26, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Tom B

    Rather than help try to solve problems, the Republicans continue to be obstructionist and prefer to label people. Honestly, I expected more from Crist. "So bad they can taste it" would be a good motto for the Republican governance style.

    September 26, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Alan

    Dream on, Chuck-o. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Go back through your words. Who was everyone ready for a change from when they ELECTED Carter? A REPUBLICAN who nearly destroyed our entire country.

    Who did we want change from this time? Republicans, again, who this time came within a hair of bringing EVERYTHING down.

    You have no solutions and you are living in a dilusional world. When what Obama has been pushing against you to do continues to work (as it HAS been despite your idiotic claims he's failing) it will be a hopeless cause for Republicans everywhere.

    Nine months into his administration and you're calling him a failure. THAT'S the American spirit that will drive me harder to keep your party out of office for my remaining days on earth.

    September 26, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Joe

    More pie in the sky dreaming instead of offering practical solutions. The Republicans strike again.

    September 26, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Bob

    Wishful thinking, but it ain't gonna happen. President Obama has started un-winding all the damage from W far faster than I had hoped he would. 3 more years of this and the country will be ready for another 4. Keep wishing repubs.

    September 26, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. minnie

    Hardly. The changes President Obama is bringing to the table are needed and wanted – even though some people don't want to admit it ... yet.

    September 26, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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