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. Cystem Phailure

    I wish the GOP would try to go on a winning streak of good ideas. How many decades has it been now since their last one?

    September 26, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Jose

    Crist, so you think Obama's change is wrong? Exactly what good have you done for Florida except stay in the closet, spend our money and pass laws that do very little to help the average person – oh wait, I forgot your biggest accomplishment yet and that's wasting all this time and money running for the Senate instead of doing your job! I guess, with all these things, you must know what you're talking about when it comes to change. Honestly... I can't believe I supported you. Why do I keep saying that about republicans.

    September 26, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. REG in AZ

    Crist as a objective analyst? I am against run-away big government as much as anyone but when having to choose between big government and accepting government being focused on benefiting only Special Interests and a select few, history has clearly shown that the majority (95+%) loose far more when the focus is on benefiting the few. When the voters become deceptively led by appeals to their biases, the scare tactics aimed at their prejudices and / or the subterfuge designed to excite their emotions, with the result being that they then choose to support placating and patronizing the interests of the influential, powerful and wealthy few, then the majority looses big time (reference 2000 – 2008). Currently we actually need some liberal efforts to regain balance after the drastic abuses that have allowed financial disaster with excessive deregulation, crumbling infrastructure with irresponsible neglect, unchecked Global Warming with the dishonest favoring of business interests, lost jobs and taxes with the concentration on what big businesses want, degraded quality of education and on and on always with the total focus having been on placating and patronizing the few. Even taxes are relative as those struggling to get ahead, are out of work or are worried about loosing their jobs will attest; again only the few who control the big money would object to a modest tax increase in a resulting strong economy. It isn’t pure and simple nor is it without imperfections (needing fine tuning*) but it is really an easy decision when one can be truly objective and rational, refusing to be manipulated like sheep, and just determine where the quality and gain is and also recognizing when apathy, the costs and the abundance of subterfuge is all that is intended to be given to the majority. It really is a ‘no brainier’ after putting aside the biases, prejudices and emotions used to manipulate and then avoiding self-inflected negatives incurred when falling prey to the manipulation.
    * – When programs are fined tuned with responsible bipartisanship they benefit everyone; when they are killed with self-serving obstructionism they benefit only the few.

    September 26, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. the Plywood State

    That's okay.......WE HERE IN FLORIDA predict THE SAME FOR HIM.


    September 26, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Brian

    When pigs fly, Charlie. Keep dreamin'

    September 26, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Brennan

    Hmmmm..... I predict a rough year for you as well and even if you do get elected you'll get a bitter cold reception on capitol hill.

    September 26, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Kate

    The party of fear continues to go on and on without offering any concrete ideas!!!

    September 26, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. the Plywood State

    Charlie Crist is a J.O.K.E!!!

    HE'S a thorn in the side of ALL FLORIDIANS

    September 26, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. G. Roberts NYC

    He's so right, I mean after seeing our president trying to make progress on nearly every major issue, Americans are probably ready for going back to shirking stem cell research, firing up the torture chambers, putting those alternative lifestyle folks back in their place and burning up as much oil as possible to line the pockets of cronies.
    Maybe even toss in some pre-emptive strikes here and there...

    The world is changing. The republicans are out of touch and devoid of anything positive to add to the mix. The only thing they have been capable of is having staged "tea parties" to showcase their racist imagery and their poor spelling.

    Need a perfect example? How about the young man in St. Luis who was protesting gov't healthcare and was badly injured and had to ask people at the gathering for donations because HE HAD NO HEALTH COVERAGE. It's like a scene from the movie "Idiocracy".

    September 26, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. carrie

    What an idiot...OK crist thanks for the prediction. you might have trouble getiing anywhere however, since you happily took the stimulus money form the bill that was passed...isn't that a no-no in the Republican party,...republicans have a very skewed view of history...Regan introduced Czars back in 1980, and GW Bush had 40 czars, but Obama has Czars and he is a communist...the GOP takes advantage of the ignorance of people all the time, if that is the way they think they will get votes, that is sad...Also...Crist doesn't mention who will beat Obama in 3 years...that is question...the GOP keeps coming up with worse candidate than the last...

    September 26, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Adrian Ogle

    No one asked you Governor Crist. The American people are selfish and impatient – they only look for self gratification when it comes to real change. When it's not done exactly right, they cry foul every time like brats. I'm quite tired of hearing people harp on President Obama – he has A LOT on his table, cut the guy a break, sheesh. Everyone is just looking out for, guess what, THEMSELVES.

    I'm so sorry that you all are looking for someone to blame for the mess left by the Bush Administration – can someone from the Republican Party please take some responsibility for once? I have the utmost faith in Obama's ability to be re-elected in four years and at the moment he has my vote for a second term. Speaking of which, the Republicans need to step their game up if they really believe they'll have an actual electable official by the time 2012 rolls around. And no Sarah Palins' either, please and thank you.

    September 26, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Scott

    Gov. Crist is really out of touch...the American people want leaders who focus on working together to solve the problems facing this country...not those whose main focus is playing politics.

    September 26, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. ronald

    If the current President gets a health care reform law passed and it is
    a viable law that actually HELPS Americans obtain and keep health
    care insurance at a reasonable cost, the GOP will be out of luck for
    decades. The GOP is pushing in ALL THEIR CHIPS with their "party of
    NO" strategy of blocking health care reform at all costs.
    This move, when combined with all the OTHER CIRCUS ACTS("you
    lie"..."where is your birth certificate"..."he's really a communist son of
    Islam"...AND WORSE) only serves to turn off real thinking people that
    they NEED to reach.
    This includes me(being a registered Independent)....but they are so lame and idealless, it's just not working>

    September 26, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Rita OHIO

    The reason so many people have stopped following the GOP is because they always talk about winning or losing. They are incapable of constructing a plan and executing it. It's always win or lose. How about accomplishing something for a change? Let's see...can we start with containing the ever increasing cost of health care in this country?? The GOP promised us a plan 100 days ago and I have not heard a construction plan cuts, mandatory coverage, tort reform ?? Is this all they got?

    It's time for us to get serious and figure out how to lower the overall cost of health care for OUR country.

    September 26, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Andrew

    *Yawn* Mr. Crist is as irrelevant as his party

    September 26, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. brian

    What a weak analogy. By that logic I can say every time a Bush serves as President, a Democrat goes two terms. Happened with Bush 1 and Clinton, it will happen with Bush 2 and Obama.

    September 26, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. John

    The GOP is contiuing it's all out attack on President Obama, by predicting the future, when as little as 1 or 2 years ago, they couldn't see the present.

    This Party of No, offers nothing. No policies. No vision. No plan. No alternatives. Just NO. All they have is NO.

    President Obama is going to continue to provide this country with what he promised, during the election. In the short time he has been in office, this administration has taken great strides into moving this country forward, improving the economic situation, left by the previous GOP Administration, improving the USA's standing in the world, created by 8 years of GOP NeoCon policies, and improving conditions for the middle class, after 20+ years of worsening conditions, created by the GOP's trickle down economic policy.

    Time will tell.

    September 26, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Glenn, Cary, NC

    Crist might just be right... as long as
    1) This latest Republican economic debacle is still crippling our economy in 2012 like the Nixon economy was hurting people in 1980, and
    2) A Democrat as powerful today as Ted Kennedy was in 1980 decides to run against Obama for the nomination, and
    3) An attractive, moderate Republican decides to mount a serious third-party campaign as an independent (like John Anderson did in 1980) thus cutting into Obamas numbers among moderate conservatives, and
    4) The media in general turns against Obama like they did against Carter, AND
    5) American voters go collectively insane again.

    September 26, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. NY Music Prof

    Do you think he really believes that? Is this guy really that much of an idiot? Denial really is a step in the grieving process....

    September 26, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. S M R

    Just another GOP CLOWN in bed with the RICH.

    September 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. I am Newt's ex wife

    Not so fast dummy. you really think that the vast MAJORITY of people have forgotten what the GOP and Bush has done to this country??

    That is an insult to any "average" American.

    You let an idiot run loose for 8 yrs and you want to come down on a guy who has been in office less than a year.

    What crap the GOP has kept coming up with........

    September 26, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Keep dreaming. The GOP lacks a credible threat and if the economy turns around or stays 'ok', Obama won't lose. Dems may lose ground in Congress but lets wait and see. I know the GOP would love to brand Obama as a Carter, even though I think he gets a worse wrap then he deserves (and Reagan gets too much praise). If the country had followed Carter into reducing our dependency on oil, we may never have known many of the issues we have had over the last 10 years. Oil dominates our foreign policy (forcing our hand into war) and transfers our well to other places in the world.

    September 26, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Jimmy Obama

    2012 cannot get here fast enough. I'm sick of Obama already, and sickened by his far left aspirations.

    September 26, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Andrew

    First of all, the fact that a Republican politician predicts Obama will lose in 3 years is hardly news. Second, I'll consider it when I see ANYONE on that side of the aisle that has any kind electability.

    On a side note, this Crist guy looks like the aged former beauty queen at the end of "A League of their Own" when they reunite and sing that song and she says she married a plastic surgeon. Not saying that will help him or hurt him, just saying. A lot of people really liked that movie...So that might be an angle he can work.

    September 26, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. mike

    Charlie is right.... there is going to be a BIG CHANGE in 2010, and 2012...

    September 26, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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