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. Stu-Florida

    Crist is a moron who couldn't predict a thunderstormduring Floridas' rainy season. The only thing he has done for the state of Florida is force droves of citizens to leaveand go to the states that like their citizens. He is the typical self serving Republican politican... nothing more!

    September 26, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Adam

    Ah yes, because we can truly judge a term on the first eight months of fixing the failures of the last decade. Of course, the republicans have to say this, because they know if the economy has indeed recovered somewhat by 2012, Obama will knock them out...again. And he must be forgetting that a) Reagan was not so popular at first and b) Reagan was the king of running up the debt.

    September 26, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. paul

    hay evreone the gop corpret socialist party of charlie boy here nationalised more banks etc and grew govt bigger then anyone in history . they beleave in redistribution of wealth dont they charlie you take from the poor an middle class an give to the rich , there bye killing any chance of a vibrent growing economy . you corpritists that you are you republicans dont have a capitilist bone on your bodys . now so far an extream to the loony right you have no chance of makeing a single gain in 2010 , charlie you know it an i know it . were were you charlie when bush an the gop destroyed this countrys economy , you people said zip when bush spent like there was no tommrow on death an war , the republicans are nothing but a joke . bye the way people charlies hardly gonna turn up an say obamas gonna win a massive landslide again is he . i predict ferther looses for the gop in 2010 , over health care whos the gop supporting the people that need affordable health care no they are standing up an fighting for the private insurence companys right charlie boy . you should be standing up for the american people an getting some good old capitilisim an competition into health care bye supporting a strong public option in health ., but na the republicans will always support ol money bags an the people can go to hell aye charlie . FDR DESCRIBED THE GOP PERFICT HE CALLED THEM TH SEE NOTHING TH HEAR NOTHING AN TH DO NOTHING PARTY. in other words they see your pain they heAR YOUR PAIN BUT THEY DO NOTHING ABOUT IT .

    September 26, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. jpetz

    This is wishful thinking on Crist's part. Obama has been in office for a mere 8mo so predictions of a one-termer are ludicrous. As its been said often in politics, 6mo is a lifetime so 3 more years must be 6 of them.

    September 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Chris Bulow

    So, Mr Perma Tan "but never around to do any work or make ANY decisions that might make people think about what I do (or actually DON'T do)" is the KEYNOTE speaker? Boy, his party has a problem if that's the best they can come up with. Keep on going Charlie. You're an asset. But not to the GOP.

    September 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. cate

    You have got to be kidding me!!!! I guess they keep on saying this so that they'll come to believe it! (hmmm, sounds much like the Evangelicals lies!!)....The Republicans know that they are in trouble, esp., when healthcare reform passes, yet they continue to delude themselves...I live in FL now and I must say that I have not heard one person say anything positive about Crist!

    September 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Jayden,FL

    Haha Governor! I think you should just shut your mouth!

    September 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Emily

    Is this guy crazy? Has he seen the GOP's polling numbers? Why is the MSM trying to constantly undermine our President, rather than reporting the facts? Disgusting.

    September 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. trueblue

    Doesn't he wish; what a bunch a know-nothing losers the Republicans are. After the leadership President Obama has shown at home and on the world stage, the Republicans will be lucky to be a third party.

    September 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. jay

    As long as the Republican party remains a party of anger and belligerence, and extremist leaders that lack intellect, they don't stand a chance in 2012, Gov Crist's pipe dream suggests that there is more than tobacco in his pipe. Republican extremists of the ilk of Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly, and others risk the fate of other Republican extremists such as Michael Savage, Stephen Black, Fred Phelps who are banned from entering Britain. Extremism is the norm for Republicans, as media evidence on the health care debate shows. Republicans by abstaining from rejecting the extremist's solutions, effectively encourage them and embrace them.

    September 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Curt

    Oh, my god. I can't believe that a republican politician thinks Obama will loose. I guess the republican speaks from personal experiance.
    Personally I think the sky is going to change colors soon. We will be entering the green era. I think this because it has been blue for so long.

    September 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Rosie

    Let me look into my crystal ball, and I think I see a loss for the republicans for the next 20 years after the democrats pass health care reform. The republicans will look like the party of no that they are.

    September 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. The MAJORITY back Obama and HRC...we elected him.

    Wishful thinking, Crist. The GOP wants Obama to FAIL so bad " they can taste it". They want him to be Carter-esque, which will never happen. If i remember correctly, the GOP smelled victories in 2006 and 2008 and what happened? Obama still has a very high approval rating, the economy IS getting better, and health care reform will get done, with or without the GOP. Let's hear what Crist has to say when in 2010 the GOP is still in minority in the House and Senate and make no gains in either.

    September 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Larry

    Your a dreamer Crist

    The people of this country are a whole lot smarter than the PARTY OF NO gives them credit for

    We are no longer going to sit back while people like you and George W. drive our country into the ground

    I can't wait until 2010 and 2012, just to watch more of your racist, do nothing for the country or it's people, buddies get thrown out of office

    WE THE PEOPLE have just begun to speak

    But dream all you want ...

    September 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Charles

    Gov. Charlie Crist is spot on about Obama. President Obama is inspiring and well-meaning and it helped him in winning the election, but it is very clear now that he lacks political skill to get things done. I do not think that he is WEAK, but he seems naive enough to believe that just being on the right side of a moral issue is enough to get it all done.

    September 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Craig

    Charlie Crist is an idiot. He has no concept of reality.

    September 26, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    Crist & Cantor – typical – no ideas, just no .... blah blah blah.
    Nine months into Obama's first term and these goof balls and their goon squads are doing everything they can to make our President fail. How un-Patriotic of them. All they care about is regaining political power. SLEAZY!

    September 26, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Ilene

    These Republicans are so very hopeful that Obama will fail. No one could possibly fail as much as the Republicans' Georgie Bush. It's going to take years and years to fix the damage he did to our nation.

    September 26, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Oliver T

    What has become evident is that Republicans have vowed to thwart any initiatives the Obama administration comes up with. They have their eyes fixed on the next election – not the day to day running of the country for the better good. I hope that Americans don't fall for this trick but I have a feeling that one may be asking too much of the American electorate – humans generally forget the lessons of history and are bound to repeat the same mistakes. Governor Crist may be right. I hope he is wrong.

    September 26, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Mike

    I guess the governor failed to observe that the federal deficit hit the $10 trillion dollar mark in Oct 2008… before the 2008 elections… before "Dems" and the President even boarded this sinking ship which is the current American Economy.

    If we're supposed to forget that and fall for this show their putting on... I guess that they take us for idiots.

    A Republican President, Republican majority in the House of Representatives and Republican majority in the Senate completely failed us. Please forgive my skepticism when I hear Republicans claim to be the party of (fiscal/moral) responsibility.

    And they're coming back? Oh boy... can't wait.

    September 26, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Vyker

    Yep...I am going to vote stright Republican this time. I have grown up a bit to. republican commits adultry...they are all bad "according to liberal's"

    However...the 4...5...or 6 ACORN office's aren't representative of ALL Acorn Offices. Me thinks the IRS should audit those income tax's prepared by ACORN.

    September 26, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Robin

    Agreed. Four and the door.

    However, he he ushers in another Reagan, I don't think any of us will complain about 96 months of economic growth.

    September 26, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Rabi Jay

    This is probably the best shot the Republicans have to criticize President Obama. Because they know after a few more months, the economy will be doing great and the health care would have been passed, and they will have no more strong reasons to talk about.

    September 26, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. tisgoogle

    Gop's give your mouths a break! President Obama is getting us out of the
    mess your party of BUSH/CHENY got us into! Your all BIG LOSERS! You
    all look and sound like the JOKER!

    September 26, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Deidra Jones

    I am from Florida and I disagree with the comments of our Governor regarding President Barack Obama. I feel the American people wanted change and the things that the president are doing are good for this country. In the 8 months the president has been in office is had worked to help home owners. He has worked to reform health care and he has worked to address the credit crisis as well as spark the economy with the cash for clunkers program. Also, the presidsent approval numbers are still high. Higher than President Bush's number after serving 8 months in office. The republican part and former President George W. Bush go this country in the situation it is in and it will not get corrected over night. The governor is wrong and only wants to position himself for political advancement. If he really wanted to serve the people, he would have continued his work as governor of Florida.

    September 26, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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