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. pat

    honestly? it's been seven months crist. things take time

    September 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Brian

    I love it, Mr. Politician himself predicting the future.

    This guy probably will be elected to the senate seat, but what has he done for the state of Florida? I mean the big property tax amendment that he pushed that gave people who needed the tax break the least another huge tax break and those funds were utilized by local governments to fund social services, now services are ending across the state. I mean didn't you feel sorry for all those multiple property slum lords getting aditional homstead breaks for all their properties.

    He is truly Mr. Lip-service.

    I have a prediction, one day the truth will come out and the hypocrit will be revealed for exactly what and who he is, and I think we all know what that is.

    Anyone who can live a lie and not be authentic and honest, how can you believe them, trust them, have faith in them, or vote for them.

    September 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. carlos, THAT one

    crist, christie, cantor......the epitomy of being hypocrites.....but, not only those three, the whole repugnant party.......crist just raised a whole bunch of fees, not only raised them, he doubled them.....I wouldn't spend the ink on christie, not worth it, and that cantor guy, he is still looking for a date with Britney Spears............C-Streeters anyone?....amoral, corrupt, cheaters

    September 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. james

    At some point the Republicans are going to have to offer something concrete to a wider range of voters. I still don't hear what that might look and feel like. If it sounds anything like the failed policies of the last 10-30 years, voters will continue to send them back to the drawing board. A guy from Florida speaking on Mackinac certainly doesn't fill the bill to a great many people in this country.

    September 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Ron


    Sure. Get some of that spray-tan lodged in your eardrum?

    September 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. FL for Change

    Crist is a TOOL...he's ruined Florida! He needs to just SHUT HIS MOUTH! Besides, the republican party has NO ONE in the wings like a Ronald Reagan...Oh, I forgot about Sarah "quitter/no brain" Palin!

    September 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Roger in Minnesota

    "Especially afer the seven or eight or nine months that we've had of this new administration". what???? he expects after 8 months that all will be wonderful after it took 8 years to screw everything up??? is he and the lala GOP in the real world?? It takes more than 8 months to seel a house-if you can. I think he did take the money for his state. right?

    September 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Reef2115

    this is the problem, the people who are fired up are the same people who were fired up BEFORE the election. They DIDN'T and WEREN'T ever going to support Obama in ANYTHING he did.

    The problem is the media isn't prefacing this information to the viewer when they show a 9/12 event, when they show an angry town hall meeting, or events such as these above. And it seems like Obama is LOOSING support when its the same opposition he had since January of 2008.

    September 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Linda

    And if McCain had been elected the economy would have drastically improved. Overnight. Unemployment would be in the single digits, and the American people would be one happy family. Spending right and left without a care in the world.

    September 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Isn't is sad that most GOP practically drool at the thought of an Obama failure. They'd rather see the country ruined than a Democrat succeed.... what a sad lot they are.

    September 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. A lane

    you are oh so right change is the game

    September 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |

    I do not like Crist, Boehner, Canter, Max Baucus, Olympic Snowe,
    FOX NEWS,Hannity, Glenn Beck, Limber Limbaugh and Dancing with the Stars, Tom Delay, (Did the voters keep him on the show for laughs?)

    They have made a "mockery" of our Government!!!!!

    These people want to destroy all "entitlements". Then they lie
    about it!!!!!

    September 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Leon

    It is because he is young, inexperienced, ignorant and naive, period.

    September 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Keven Bennett

    A Republican predicting Obama's demise?

    At least Crist hasn't advocated for a worse fate for Obama, like others in his party have. Tell me something newsworthy!

    September 26, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Kevin Tudish

    The stink of George Bush and Dick Cheney is going to be a lingering reminder of the hateful, narrow, short-sighted politics of the Republican Party. I don't think Americans will vote that kind of incompetence back in any time soon.

    September 26, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. c

    I have met Gov Crist and the man is quite impressive. He may be the one that unseats Obama. The country is getting tired fast of socialism. I am a gov contractor and i know from 30 years experience that anything the gov runs is inefficient, corrupt, wasteful and run by people who cannot hold a job in the real world.

    September 26, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Linda.. WI

    When the crybaby, bedwetting Reslugs are really worried and scared the lies start.

    September 26, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Keep trying Mr. Crist

    Start up that campaign machine Mr. Crist. The truth however is that the American people are fully behind our President, and he is making the changes that we asked him and the congress to make, by voting them in as a majority. Our President is doing exactly what we asked him to do. His popularity is still very high and the polls show that the American people support all of the changes he is making, even surprisingly, a majority of Republicans support what he is doing.

    It is the Republican leaders in congress who are not hearing what the American public is saying loud and clear. Make the changes, NOW.

    September 26, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. OhShush

    I once had hope for this Administration... Hoped the accusations were just rumors.. Not so... I have caught Obama in dozens & dozens of outright lies,& deception, as never before in the history of crooked Politicians. Not sure if he's leading the ship, or if the strings are pulled by other people higher up...EITHER WAY. Dangerous& very creepy airs blowing in the winds of HIS "change" I DON'T LIKE IT ,, AT ALL.

    September 26, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. IndyVoter

    You Wish Crist! Go ahead and try it, and see what happens. You will see a revolt the likes this country hasn't seen since the Civil War. Most Americans still favor President Obama. Just because some Americans are allowing themselves to be gripped with the false fear created by Republicans as it pertains to Health Care, doesn't mean that Americans as a whole don't see just how manipulative, selfish and incapable of governing the Republicans really are. See you at the polls!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 26, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. once upon a horse

    all the people who voted for change and expected it to happen in just NINE months were living in a dream world. The Dems predicted bad things for Reagan, trhe Repubs did the same for Clinton and we see what happened there. I just can't understand why so many people either don't want to give this man a chance or just hope he fails on all accounts. I just can't recall any other president who's entire term was decided on his first nine months in office. At least I'm sure he won't do what Sarah Palin did and just quit, something the GOP hopes he does. And the last I checked his approval ratings were still in the mid 50s and higher than both the GOP and Congress as a whole.

    September 26, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. jenn

    Wow, a Republican governor who has Senatorial ambitions–perhaps higher–opines that Obama might not get re-elected? Stop the presses!!

    Why is silly political posturing considered news? OF COURSE Crist is going to say that. Duh.

    September 26, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. Ohio Citizen

    One thing Republicans continue to overlook in these assessments is the Republican record over the past 8 years. One of the primary reasons the Obama administration has struggled is the mess inherited. At this stage of the Obama administration it is much too easy to jump to a conclusion that is born of wishful thinking.

    Obama is no Carter. He does not try and micro-manage every little thing to the point of paralysis. The economy is much more likely to be in better shape than it was when Obama came into office, and there is no Reagan waiting in the wings of the Republican party.

    The GOP should have some wins in the mid-terms as is usually the case, but they have behaved in ways that are not conducive to coalition building. Even with the struggles the Democrats have now, the Republicans offer nothing positive. The Republicans haven't earned another bite at the apple. They just wish for Democrats to fail enough to win by default. It's not going to happen, and the rude awakening that's on the horizon is just what the GOP needs to finally get them to toss the remnants of the nasty southern strategy that has become a liability.

    September 26, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Kim Stone

    It's time to abolish the Republican party!

    September 26, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. GoHillary16!

    Sounds just like what they were saying early in President Bill Clinton's first term. Right before: A. The beginning of the most productive period in American history, and B. His landslide reelection.

    September 26, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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