September 29th, 2009
06:51 PM ET
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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 change…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. TangledThorns

    Prediction? It's pretty obvious Obama is gonna lose 2012 to Sarah Palin. I'll be surprised if he makes it past 2011.

    September 29, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. ajks

    Who cares what he thinks?

    September 29, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, North Carolina

    I hope there's a "massive defeat" in Obama's future, just as I hope there's a similar "massive defeat" for all extremists of both parties.

    The US doesn't need, and can't afford, to be governed by either left-wing or right-wing nuts. A huge majority of Americans have had it with Congress and government in general and wish Washington would just sink back into the swamp it was built on.

    September 29, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. KtotheJ

    Obama would have already been defeated without this doosh bags last minute McCain endorsment over Romney.

    September 29, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    There are a number of problems with Gov. Crists logic: 1. )People really do want to change the status quo and a lot of people like what Obama is doing. 2.) All this talk about the government taking over the banks and the auto industry is pure malarkey and people know it. 3.) The Republicans have no strategy and they have no credible candidates that would appeal to enough of the electorate to get them elected.

    September 29, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. SC Guy

    I see it as very likely. No one has a permanent hold on that job, and Obama is letting a lot of people down.

    September 29, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. Mike Dallas

    Uh, Charlie it was YOUR party that starting buying bank, insurance companies and a down payment on the car companies. President Obama did not initiate these "takeovers". Republicans did.

    It this is business takeover, then President Obama is only following the same road the republicans built!

    It was called Wall Street Welfare, guess you missed that error, uh era.

    September 29, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. CA

    Why do Republicans keep talking about winning elections instead of helping us reshape policy?

    September 29, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Robert

    Crist is my governor but as a right wing zealot i can't trust a word he says. This man's got alterior motives and he needs to be looked into in depth. He's hiding something.

    September 29, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Daytona Beach

    thats about as much as I've ever heard Mr. Crist speak since he has been the gov. of this great state. Well at least he is making a stand on something. To bad he hasnt stood up for us on all the increases the insurance companies have demaned and got, that he said he wouldnt let happen. Wonder where is new wife is ? Or why doesnt she stay in Florida, since she is the first lady

    September 29, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Brian

    Crist says "America is awake & we're coming back", implying that the only "Americans" are those who agree w/ him. Seems to be alot of that thought process going on these days, but we are all "Americans", Mr. Crist: Republican, Democrat, Independent, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Atheist, black, white, asian......... You guys lost the election to a black man – get over it.

    September 29, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Obama 2.0

    You just lost my FL vote 🙂

    September 29, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Steve in Denver

    Charlie: Your only hope that Obama won't get reelected is to defeat health care reform. By the time 2012 rolls around, we'll be out of the Bush severe recession, health care premiums will have stopped increasing by double digits every year, the occupation of Iraq will have ended, the Bush bungled war in Afganistan will be ended, Gitmo will be closed, with any luck at all bin laden will be dead, and we will be making progress on reducing the deficit.

    Good luck finding someone who can beat that. Your party's only chance is to derail health care and hope that we who voted him in for it will be mad enough that he didn't get it done to stay home.

    September 29, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Anonymous

    i agree with mr. crist.

    September 29, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Terry from West Texas

    What happened in 1980 is that America did not like to hear what Carter had to say: global warming, dependency on middle eastern oil, pollution, the insanity of endless growth, lowering oil use by lowering the speed limit, etc.

    We didn't want to hear that. Along came a kindly old codger named Reagan. He said, "Screw that, let's ride!" So we elected him. His only accomplishment was to triple the national debt. He did NOTHING about oil dependency, NOTHING about global warming, NOTHING about the strategy of endless economic growth, NOTHING to make any of America's problems any better.

    Now, all of those problems are much, much worse. The Reagan generation kicked the can down to us. Now the national debt is $10 trillion and $8 trillion of it came from Reagan, Bush1, and Bush2. Now, thanks to Reaganism, all of our problems are a lot worse and we're broke.

    I know, let's elect Sarah Palin and kick the can down to 2040! That should work!

    September 29, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. vince

    Obama is attempting to tackle many festering problems, this scares a lot of people, but is the right thing to do.

    In the end Obama will win with no problem if the economy looks like its growing, he'll lose if problems get worse.

    The one major problem for Republicans is what candidate can they run. Many of their top contenders are just regional candidates who will only win in extremely conservative Southern States.

    September 29, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Matthew

    Repulicans are crazy, angry and jealous that President Obama can do so much, showing there is real work to be done and he has the willingness to do it. The GOP on the other hand is every bit as lazy as Bush, have no ideas, and are willing to lie to make others look bad. You were hired to serve the people, not yourself and spend time trying to tear others down. Get your lazy butt to work so this country can get back on it's feet!

    September 29, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. CAL

    Crist, President Obama is no Jimmy Carter. I get so tired of you republicians complaining about the President and how he had to come in to a mess that your party left, bush to be exact. I'm a floridian and crist is a alright govenor, but he is not even close to the likes of President Obama, so he should stop trying to tie the two democrat presidents together, GOP get another story we have heard this one to many times before.

    September 29, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Terri

    What a hypocrite. All political – didn't he vote for the stimpuls that President Obama put forth to help the economy? Republicans never cease to amaze me.

    September 29, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Aim

    Considering the source, no worries, Obama!

    September 29, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Debra R

    from your mouth to God's ear

    September 29, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Phil Stratton, St. Louis

    Jimmy Carter was elected because Americans were tired of an "Imperial" corrupt Presidency under Nixon. Carter was open, honest, a self-made man, and a reformer. On the other hand, Obama was elected because Bush and the Republicans went through a $500 billion trade surplus, an equally large budget surplus, and totally botched the response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. This in addition to favoring the very rich and large corporations in EVERY thing they did. And Crist wants to say that after just two years "America is awake" and will vote the GOP back into office? I don't think so.

    Republicans are good at campaigning. They are not good at governing.

    September 29, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Kentucky

    In the South, the National Rifle Association is calling people and playing a message from the NRA President. The message says that Hillary Clinton is working with Third World Dicatators to take away everyone's guns. Then, a live person asks if you want Hillary and Third World Dicators to take away your guns. Right to Life groups are calling and telling people to oppose Health Care Reform because it will pay for millions of abortions. They ask if you want your tax money to pay for abortions. It is hard for some to believe, but these tactics do work. I know people who believe with all of their heart that Third World Dictators , Hillary Clinton, and President Obama are going to take everyone's guns away. No one is calling these conservative groups on these claims. I have received both of these calls, and so have my relatives and friends.

    September 29, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    Crist, you are just another blabbering fool. You can't even take care of your own state. What a loser!!!

    September 29, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. gl, From Pittsburgh

    This country was not that brown back in 1980 and it makes me sick that the Republicans still act like the minority votes don't count. Well the Republicans will just have to see just how powerful the minority voters can be. I guest election a black President wasn’t enough evident that this country is turning more brown and less white. This is not the 1980 and until the Republicans move into the 21 century they will continue to lose more seats. And 1964 blacks and minority wasn't even allot to vote so the Republicans just don't get it. I am so tried of reading about the GOP governors and their predictions into the future when they still live in the 19 century and continue to dismiss minority voters as if they still don’t exits.

    September 29, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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