September 29th, 2009
06:51 PM ET
13 years ago

Crist stands by prediction Obama could face massive defeat

(CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is standing by his recent prediction that President Obama may be headed for a massive electoral defeat similar to that which President Carter faced in 1980.

[It] may happen again," Crist told CNN's John Roberts on American Morning Tuesday. "What I think has occurred is that in 1976 the people wanted a changeā€¦I think the same thing sort of happened last year in America."

"What change we got may not necessarily be the change that America wants," Crist continued. "What I mean by that is that every day you get up and the government has taken over some other industry, auto industry or banks or whatever it might be. I think that the change that's coming about is a little too fast, little too furious."

Plagued by a sputtering economy, an energy crisis, and the Iran hostage ciris, Carter won just six states in 1980 - the fewest by a major-party presidential candidate since 1964.

Crist, who is vying for his state's GOP Senate nomination, recently vowed to a gathering of national conservatives that their party is poised for a rebound in the wake of two straight disappointing election cycles.

"America is awake and we're coming back," he said Friday at the biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

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  1. steven douglas

    As a Republican supporter in 7 out of the past 8 elections I find it particularly odd that the GOP in it's odd wisdom finds it way to bash bash bash. I think what we need to do is support this president like most have supported every president. I know many will say that Bush was supported but he WAS !!! The DEMs jump on board when we went to war in Iraq. I now find that yes we may have went to war without proof and in vein. However most of the reps in the senate and house supported the resolution. The ones that didn't may have been the smarter folks. But to constantly bash Obama for being in office all of more then 250 days is irresponsible and idiotic. At this time we don't need the wannabe front runners passing blame for what is still the past administrations fault. Yes I admit it was due to poor managing of his watch, and when it comes down to it Bush dropped the ball. But I still think that people like Crist, Palin, and Pewlenty need to wait a few yrs before tossing in their towel into an election. We just finished this one. As a republician I will back whomever is elected, I'd prefer my own party's candidate but do support the current president. Stop trying to drum up support until after the mid term elections, that is when most candidates do deside to run for office.

    September 29, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. HUM!!!

    Charlie...Who are you Mr CLEO????

    September 29, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Farrell in Houston

    GOP talk, talk, talk, but what's your solution Charlie. It's amazing how Charlie and the rest of the GOP attempt to make a sales pitch to the American people which is as empty as their pockets and that won't fly.

    September 29, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Dewey

    Obamessiah won't be worried until the media loses it's crush on him...until then he knows the majority of Americans can't think for themselves and will love him the way the media tells them too.

    September 29, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. RH

    The rush to prejudge this administration is dangerous for these Republicans. They're banking on a disaster. If it occurs, they will seem prophetic in retrospect and questions of just how self-fulfilling their divinings might have been will be muted and largely ignored. If it doesn't, well, I suppose many Republicans feel right now that there isn't much for them to lose.

    September 29, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Sian Rose

    I smell ambition

    September 29, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Ryan, Denver

    Gotta get those images of you embracing Obama over stimulus money out of the heads of all the right wings wack jobs that make up your base eh Charlie? Beyond the stupidity of the politics, predicting who'll win the next presidential race today is like predicting who'll win the Super Bowl in three years.

    September 29, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. sifto77

    Florida has one of the best run healthcare systems in the US–Crist should be proud–and no "death" panels for seniors. Yes, death panels were proposed by Obama–just used smoother language.

    September 29, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. jay

    Go get another tan charlie... he hasnt been in office a year and he as dont more actual work than our last president.

    September 29, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. IndyVoter

    And ONCE AGAIN, I will tell YOU Mr. Crist that you must be on some brand new pharmaceuticals if you believe that. What will happen instead is that your ignorant and fantastical comments will help the Democrats turn the state of Florida into a DARK BLUE state versus the lighter blue one that WE TURNED it into in 2008....Hispanics can't wait to show you Republicans just how much they appreciate the way you treated JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR and are harping on illegal immigrant/healthcare! Bring it.... Keep on showing your overly tanned face and running your uninformed mouth! Its only going to make things easier for us in 2012. See you at the polls!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 29, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Lisa from Tampa

    And to the two faced opportunistic Governor-YOU HAVE LOST MY VOTE AND THOSE OF MY FRIENDS/FAMILY FOR SENATOR!!!!

    CNN: Please print this

    September 29, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Heather from Beautiful Seattle

    Crist could make any prediction he wants; it doesn't mean it will happen. I think Obama's presidency is more likely to resemble the popularity of FDR's presidency. There are many similarities in the troubled financial times that each have had to preside over, along with the critisism from their rivals. Crist and others can point out that Obama's approval rate is slipping, but this is pretty typical during a rocky economic period. Also, Crist should note that the republican approval rate is slipping even further than Obama's and the democrats.

    September 29, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Sorry Charlie, but the only thing you have correct here is America is awakening, and the truth is we do not want the GOP version of government either. We are sick and tired of the corruption and the lies on both sides of the political spectrum, we are sick of seeing the Republic of this great nation run by Global Corporate interests over the individual rights guaranteed by our Constitution.

    September 29, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. sf

    America is awake from what? And coming back from what? And what exactly did President Obama take from America?

    Such an idiotic platform to run on.

    September 29, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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