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 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. a. beal

    "Carter won just six states in 1980 — the fewest by a major-party presidential candidate since 1964."

    Huh?

    In 1972, Democratic nominee McGovern only won 1 state plus the District of Columbia.

    September 29, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. I can see Canada from my house!

    As I recall, Democrats were emboldened in 1982 after the GOP lost seats in the House and the country was rocked by recession....

    I'm assuming some of you remember what happened in 1984: a few thousand people in Minnesota prevented a 50-state sweep by Reagan.

    Don't count your chickens before they hatch. We are only 9 months into a 4-year term, and its very difficult to unseat a sitting president, especially one who shares personal approval ratings like Obama. People may disagree with him, the same way people disagreed with Reagan, but he is personally likeable, unlike Carter. No one in the GOP can even approach Obama in charisma, and I was amused to hear some say they will try to go the " competance" route in 2012: The Democrats tried that with Dukakis, and look how well that turned out.

    September 29, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Unemployed

    Crist is a victim of his own propaganda. The glimmer of truth is in his quote is that we won't get the change we wanted. The republicans and their corporate owners are doing everything they can to see to that.
    Well know this Charlie,, We are aware of what you and your Repub pals are doing. The very idea that politics rank higher than the welfare of our country's people can only be a Republican notion. That will be your undoing. There aren't enough stupid people to compliment the legions of greedy Republicans to further republican ambitions. America won't soon forget what Bush did to this country without any argument from a Republican controlled Congress.

    And to think,, Crist had the nerve to go to Michigan to spew pro-Republican manure.

    September 29, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Mary

    Guys not so fast – let Obama screw up on his own – don't be helping him out. You are just helping the dems by attacking him. Obama is failing on his "own" – LEAVE IT ALONE!!!

    September 29, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Anon

    America has BEEN awake, Mr. Crist. That is why your party was voted out of office in the first place.

    September 29, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Debbie Gomez

    Or Mr. Crist may have to think further back to FDR. The same protestst took place, and the same ugly vitriole was thrown around about his policies and his so-called "socialism and communism". The GOP spent the same ton of money they will this time, and the tactics were just as disgusting, but a funny thing happened. FDR won his 2nd term in a landslide. So Mr. Crist, before you start making wild predictions, look at more history than the past 25 yrs, and you'd be wise not to consider Jimmy Carter as your example. And maybe you should consider the millions upon millions of us who are completely disgusted by how low you'll go. We don't react in kind because we have more class than that, but you can be sure we will go to the polls again when it counts.

    September 29, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. MattCJohnson

    Makes me wonder why and how Gov. Crist was so supportive of the stimulus President Obama and the Federal Government bestowed on Florida. Of course, when he is vying to be his party's candidate for a Senatorial bid, it makes more sense to play to one's own base. Of course, then, we can see just how disingenuous and duplicitous Mr. Crist is.

    September 29, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. JS007

    He is assuming the American people will just forget the destruction of the past 8 years.

    September 29, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Fool me once shame on u, fool me twice... err...

    "America is awake and we're coming back,".
    Republicans are too funny! No, America is awake and that's why you're NOT coming back bud! LOL

    September 29, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. kimberly

    I stand by my prediction this idiot is going to die from fake and bake cancer. What a loser. 76% approval on health care is NOT a small majority. Obama does NOT need to listen the idiots that are yelling so loud. He needs to understand that even if there are 1 million people against this there are 299 more MILLION for it! Its just that the tea baggers and loons have hijackd the right wing and they are making noise, I DO believe they are the SAME people calling him a terrorist at paln rallies, and still think he was not born in the USA. They dont matter they are loons, and no one but them cares what they say. JUST SHUT UP CHRIST, go get another wrinke

    September 29, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. PeterHonest

    So, does this political opportunist really think he has a chance of being president.

    Charlie has so many skeleton's in his "closet"..... he is simply a circus-side-show!

    September 29, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. gl, From Pittsburgh

    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."

    Hey, Crist the Banks came to the Government for help and Bush sign off on the First TART, AND President Obama sign off on the second one for Auto industry which most of the money have been paid back so please stop twisting everything because we know thE government do not own the banks or the car industry. GOP= BIG LIARS!

    September 29, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Jeff

    Give me a break. The government isn't taking over anything. Failing industries, that are failing due to Republican policies, have come crawling to the government begging for help because 30 years of Republican economic policy has destoyed America. If Obama faces a defeat it will be because his agenda has not been progressive enough and "liberals" like myself will have left the Democratic party for good to vote 3rd party, seeing finally that the Democrats are never going to be able to bring about the change needed in this country.

    September 29, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. FL for Change

    Hey, Charlie...so can YOU in 2010. Floridians are SICK of you. You have ruined our state, and we don't want you representing us in Washington. Your marriage is a sham – come out of the closet – and quit the usual Repulican mantra of lies...you are a disgusting sack of pond scum.

    September 29, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. arapikos

    "America is awake and we're coming back" Coming back to what?
    The era of the financial meltdown worldwide caused by the 1% Repubs power machine? I think we Americans are much smarter than the Repubs think.

    September 29, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. brown

    did he predict that he would be defeated as well or has he paid in full to those that will guarantee him a win?

    September 29, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Mary

    What a bunch of crapola. Yeah, it looks like to me the banks in this country are doing just fine, on the backs of - not taxpayers - their so-called customers. How about those insurance companies, Charlie? Looks like to me they still have plenty of power since they've been so successful in blocking a public option. Unfortunately, too many Americans don't know how to think for themselves. Last year, before the election, health care reform was the #1 issues for most voters. Too many people think change of any kind is a bad thing and they are more comfortable with keeping so many things like they are today whether they are working or not.

    September 29, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Bluebonnet

    As much as I don't care for Charlie – I think he has a valid point here! Obama needs to go and take his far left liberal agenda with him!

    September 29, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Bill of Florida

    I think that Charlie Crist had better start acting like our governor before he has a massive defeat problem on his hands. Why hasn't he put the federal stimulus funds for highway construction to good use yet. Why is Florida ranked 51st in the nation to use them? Mr. Crist, you took the federal stimulus funds. Why haven't you implemented the programs yet? You are holding Florida back. I'll tell you something else. I think that your support for the super homestead exemption put Florida into its current fiscal crisis. Now we're getting hit on the millage rates. Is that a taxcut or a taxshift? And you want to drop property taxes like a rock? Ha!

    September 29, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Brian

    What an idiot.

    September 29, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. David

    It sounds like Crist is just spewing the same old tired GOP talking points. Nothing to see here. Move along.

    September 29, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Kansan

    America is awake alright, that's why there is no way we're gonna let another Republican back in office any time soon. We are too aware that your party serves no purpose but your own selfish interests. The Party of NO are like spoiled little children who didn't get their way and bring nothing but negativity, mis-information and deversion to this country & your numbers of mindless lemmings are falling. Rush, Glenn, Ann, Sean and the other idiots at Fox News are trying to start a civil war and we won't have it. Obama will win again in 2012, count on it...Especially if that twitt Palin get's involved again.

    September 29, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Peace

    Charlie Crist, your comparison of the "CHANGE" of 1976 and that of now is vague.
    The young ones who geared, mobilised, and voiced loudly on Change in last year election, are holding firmly behind the President. Don't think this will turn in your favor in the coming election!

    September 29, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. enough

    This is too funny... I believe if my memory serves me correctly, the take over he's talking about, at least with the banks, started under the Bush administration with the bail outs last fall and the auto industry shortly after that. Who's he kidding. So what change are we going for next. It can't be republican or democrat, they were both involved with it. He must think the American public is completely stupid. Pleeeease. Like we need more of the last eight years. It's going to take us years to get out from under the damage that was done.

    September 29, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. white female

    Charlie Crist, please stop it. you are such a two faced man, you should be ashame of yourself to speak this way about the President.
    Clean around your own back step before talking down others, ypu may just find yourself out of a job soon for wishing it on someone else. How soon we can jump ship for the devil.

    September 29, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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