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. Proud American

    This is the same Idiot who said Obama couldn't win Florida I better write this one down, it's not everyday some Idiot comes along with this kind of inside information..

    September 26, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. pcmicia

    I doubt it. Carter is not as cool as Obama. We will re-elect me. Thank you very much.

    September 26, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. S M R

    We will prove you wrong on ELECTION DAY Gov Crist!!! THE GOP has no shot at ANYTHING in the near future, they can thank the ONE/TWO punch of BUSH/CHENEY

    September 26, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Mark S.

    Keep on dreaming, Charlie.

    September 26, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. gary

    Are you kidding me? How is this worth a headline.A republican predicts that Obama will not win in 2012.Who would of ever thought that.CNN is so in the pocket of the gop.

    September 26, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. djw

    Yeah Crist but you took the stimulus money –what a hipocrite !!!!

    September 26, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. We Won Get Over It

    Oh boy don't those republicans love to dream...THERE IS NO WAY IN HADES that this country would vote for a republican for president or congress after what they did to this country in the eight years they stole the two elections.

    Some of the republican incumbants might retain their seats, but no new ones are going to get in. Another group are going to loose their seats. they won't even be able to run because new democratic candidates are going to beat them out...and that's the blue dogs pretending to be democrats when they are a bunch of low class republicans.

    September 26, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Steve in Denver

    My money is on Obama. As the recession ends, health care passes, we're out of Iraq, we've made headway on Bush's Afgan nightmare, I'm betting Obama will have approval ratings in the 70% range.

    I think most of the voters are realizing how flawed the neocon movement is. Provide nothing but lip service to the social conservatives as you wreck anything good coming from government. They were hoodwinked by the dispicable tactics of GWB and rove, and the lies and distortions of ACORN news, er Faux news and Limbaugh.

    Hopefully, we realize how close to financial collapse the neocons brought us, and will some day hold the shrub accountable for the murder of 4000 US soldiers in the lie about Iraq, the 1000+ deaths that he could have prevented in New Orleans, and for crimes against humanity. Hopefully we will soon turn off the right wing nuts who think it is perfectly ok to commit war crimes, the very war crimes we prosecuted a short 60 years ago.

    Hopefully, the Republicans will discard the flawed neocon movement and become a party consistent with Goldwater. Smaller, but competent government, morality, ethics. Until then, Charlie, you are in a losing party!

    September 26, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. david

    After Crist's early appearance with the President, I thought that he might be a different kind of republican, but I was wrong. He's a tool, just like all the rest – a prisoner to his keepers and their collective, insane and extreme ideology. Crist will win Mel Martinez's seat, but he does have greater ambitions. And when he tries to achieve that, he will be in for a McCain-like loss.

    September 26, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Independent

    Mr. Crist, don't count on it, Bub!!!! The party of NO polls are way down...

    September 26, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. demo for obama

    well you wasnt saying that Mr Christ when you accepted thatstimulus $$! If you hadnt taken it your state would be in worse shape now then it ever been! Shut up and sit down Mr Chris you just dont get it!Republicans dont care about poor and the middle class people! America do you really want our country back the way it was these last 8 years? NO dont vote rethugs back in office. There only for helping the rich and ousting the poor!

    September 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Diane

    It's true that Nixon, a Republican, was a terrible crook, and that Bush, another Republican, was also a terrible crook, though in a different way.

    And it's true that Democrats were voted in after these two fiasco administrations.

    But the difference now is that the people are sick of Republican phony religious nonsense and Republican tendency to put corporate interests before the interests of ordinary people.

    People did want change, and the change Obama is bringing is working out just fine, in spite of the relentless negative spin generated by Republicans and the corporate lobbyists who are desperate to hold on to their profits.

    September 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Ray

    Yes, people wanted to change and Reagan brought the change that has driven our economy to virtual collapse. It is a simple model we call tricke down economics where you cut taxes and spend and send until you drive the country into bacnkruptcy. Congratulations to republicans. They really found the winning formula with reagan.

    September 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. John

    I'm waiting for the Log Cabin Republicans to endorse Crist. He should embrace his homosexuality, rather than keep it in the closet. He's a popular politician in Florida and coming out would only help, not hurt. Alas, he's likely to scoop up a lady with children, a la Larry Craig and keep a "traditional family values" face on. Too bad. Such potential.

    September 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. marcus2

    Charlie Crist is nuts and he knows it. The Republicans screwed things up so badly there's no way they will get in power again anytime soon.

    September 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Josh Henderson

    Who is going to beat him Mr.Crist? Lets see:

    Eric Cantor-Nope
    Tim P.-Nope
    Minority Leader Bohner-NOpe
    Newt Gingrich-Nope

    Unless Ronald Regan comes back from the dead, well you see where I am going with this. I voted republican my entire life other than, for Clinton and for Obama. In my eyes, for the challenges at hand, he is doing pretty good. He has done more in 9 months then Bush did in 2 terms.

    September 26, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. The Real Issue

    The Issue Americans need to know is the Obama Administration in 8 months has done more than the Republicans and Bush did in 8 years...
    Bush Record..2 Wars/ Katrina Managerial Catastrophy/Poor World Opinion/ Cowboy Diplomacy/ $4.60 gas prices and Recession/Depression
    Obama Record..Fewer troops in Iraq and a stabalization of the country/More troops in Afghanistan to suppress the Taliban...Handling catastrophies like California Fires/helping to reshape New Orleans/ putting skids on Banking Crises/Added Regulation and accountability to Banking and Auto Industries/Restored financial credibility to markets/ STOCK MARKET RECOVERY OVER 3000/ Promoted Successful Clunker Program that caused auto growth in sales/ Has received Billions of borrowed money from banks with 15% interest in some cases. OBAMA HAS WORKED TO IMPROVE BETTER WORLD RELATIONS.

    September 26, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Aaron

    I predict Crist just shot himself in the foot with his Senate aspirations and doesn't understand the mood of the country. You don't make predictions like this so early and double cross a popular president who's helping you out. Is he aware of Florida's economy and real estate problems? I predict he may never be a senator or a one term senator with this attitude.

    September 26, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Linda from Minnesota

    I am one of many who will work hard to re-elect President Obama.

    September 26, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. eolufemi

    Well, to be honest if people were dumb enough to vote for Bush twice, I have no reason to believe they are smart enough to give President Obama a shot.

    President Obama only won 48% of the white vote, and most of the conservative white block stayed home, while "minorities" came out in droves.

    It remains to be seen whether President Obama can bring out the vote, while republicans keep fielding horrible candidates that only appeal to their base and offend everybody else.

    Hopefully President Obama steps on the gas even more, enacting more change than these people are able to turn back the clock on if they get back the office.

    September 26, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Crist predicts???We care about this because?????

    September 26, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Eascogal

    Crist ain't going to get elected by following along with the "destructive" attitude saying, "I believe that the people have seen that they wanted a change but not this much. Not this kind, and not this way." Crist forgets how his state absorbs more "pork" after each hurricane and loves to receive but hates to GIVE BACK! This party is dead in the waters and the GOP just hate being DEAD FISH going upstream!

    September 26, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Deep Throat

    It's not enough to oust Obama. He's just a symptom of what's gone
    wrong politically in this country over the last 20 years. What's needed
    is the new American spirit we see at the tea parties and town hall
    meetings. A spirit of taking our country back. No more games in
    Washington, like senators gaining their seats from Harry Reid's
    wheeling and dealing instead of earning them the old-fashioned
    way – – by winning elections. No more of congress abandoning its
    oversight duties, like letting the home loan industry self-destruct.
    No more leaving the direction of this country up to an anointed few,
    like the Kennedys and ACORN. WE ARE THE CUSTODIANS OF
    THE COUNTRY...not them. We must stop being apathetic and
    looking for answers, like on Sunday news interview TV shows.
    The fate of this nation is in our hands – – not theirs. Obama may
    need them...but we don't. Let's get started works more than
    Yes We Can.

    September 26, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |

    What are the Republicans tasting-a win? Does what they think they
    can taste, smell in any way.

    Republicans want riches for the rich.
    They want to end medicare for seniors.
    They want to end Social Security Benefits. end or privatize=same thing!

    Who says? many republicans in their lie tactics. Cheney and Bush cared about the rich.

    Should the REPUBLICANS ever win again, our country will be digging
    a deeper hole for itself.



    September 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. David Greenville, tx

    Right now the GOP doesn't have a Ronald Reagan to run against Obama- minor detail- and pronouncing a presidency failed after nine months is a bit premature.

    September 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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