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. Paul fom Kissimmee

    2012 can't get here soon enough. Let's hope he doesn't leave us a broken country. Of course, we have to worry about all of the lemmings out there who are under Obama's spell.

    September 29, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. D-Man

    Plzz Charlie....keep dreaming! Obama is here to stay until we the people decide otherwise. You Repubs are Repugnant....get some ideas first and add something useful to the debate. Stop hating on our President

    September 29, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Neil Goslin

    I couldn't agree more. Obama needs to get down to being president and stop being the king of the government takeover.

    September 29, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Va 4 Obama

    Hmm...last year the Republicans would have called any Democrat saying such things "UNPATRIOTIC". It's okay for them to do it though - Wink, Wink !!

    September 29, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. ck

    What a fool

    September 29, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Florida Joe

    This guy will say anything to be elected.........this week he is pandering to the conservatives because of his primary challenge..............What he SHOULD concentrate on is freeing up the stimulus money that is trapped in the state capital..................Don't like what he says this week..just wait it'll change next week...................Notice how they fail to say that Obama was dealt this mess by a totally inept Bush administration............

    September 29, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. in WI

    Sorry Crist, you are obviously mis-informed. Your right wing nut job group is and will continue to be the minority. Unfortunately, only the negative gets into the news, there still is the majority out there, silent as can be watching you make fools of yourselves. So, bring it on Crist!

    September 29, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. willard bullock

    presdient obama will not great his presdient cause he was very weak

    September 29, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. andrew st louis

    charlie who cars what you think!! did we expect him to say anything different?? why is the gop not applauding the administration for stopping several terrorist attacks w/out tirture and the rise of the stock market. in march they nsaid we are not as safe and the market was in the toilet. now can we admit that things are getting better. i bet not you have to keep up the dscare tactics foir the ignorant folks on the right hwho cant think for themselves

    September 29, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Zach

    And why are we taking over all these industries? To stop the economy from imploding. Funny how nobody on the right is willing to consider that, just maybe, it slowed the economic crisis down.

    September 29, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Andy Martyn

    Another pygmy nipping at the heels of Barack Obama. In every generation a leader arises who is a titan (eg. FDR) but unfortunatey there are many more small-minded non-leaders who are trying to bring him down for whatever reason (envy, jealousy).

    September 29, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. greg greenman

    What does that mean that America is awake? That they were asleep for the past 8 years? It's amazing how conservatives don't want to take any ownership for what went on the past 8 years. It's not harping on the past either. It's taking RESPONSIBILITY for what transpired over the last 8 years. Obama has said it plenty of times, he doesn't want gov't involved in the auto industry or the banking industry but it had to intervene in order to save the economy. Now I am not saying he is 100 percent correct on that assessment but all I have heard from the repubs are complaints and no solutions when this was happening. I don't want to have to dig myself out of economical collapse for the next 15 when it can be done in 5. What sense would that make? America was awoke when it nominated Obama. We let it slip through our fingers in 2004 and we weren't going to let it happen again. Bush and his administration created this mess. You can talk about Clinton all you want, you can talk about Dems all you want, but the Repubs had a solid 6 years of total unfettered control to reverse it and they did NOTHING!!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. James

    this is what you call supporting the president and working for the American people.

    September 29, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Neutralizer

    That will happen. The American people are angrier now compared to the time of Bush. No ones to blame, but the American people themselves, they've voted for INEPT president who can't stop blabbing his mouth infront of cameras instead of doing real work. Obambi is all talk, no action – EMPTY SUIT.

    September 29, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. mike,texas

    Once again they got it backwards,after what the republicans did during the bush years ,hiring them to run this country is like handing all your money to Bernie Madoff.

    September 29, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Torch

    If any of the Obama koolaid drinkers don't think that he and Dems in general are in big trouble, all you have to do is look at history. It's going to repeat itself. It already has repeated itself with the election of Obama.

    Just like Clinton, Obama was a smooth talking, ran like a Republican, talking tax cuts and the like. It couldn't be the farther from the truth, but the Dems duped America just like in '92.

    The only difference I see is that Clinton realized he could not govern from the far, far left and actually embraced market based solutions to our nations problems.

    I'm afraid Obama does not have that in his DNA at all. I pray that he gets some awakening, because I don't think the country can sustain 4 years of far left, anti capitalism rule.

    September 29, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. alex african man from congo

    a man , you are not GOD, don't think that whatever you predict , will happen.if you don't see change that obama has already brougth, you must travel out of USA and visit others continents then ask opinion of the people to see how they hated USA, thanks to obama foreign policy the hostilities toward USA,start to wear off

    September 29, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Melissa

    More fear mongering by the GOP. Sick to death of hearing it.

    September 29, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. LetsGetReal

    Again, Obama can't win. No matter what he does, he gets bashed by the Right wing. What he should do is cut off all federal funding to the states run by Republican governors and let them figure out how they are going to run their states. If nothing else, it will cut down on ferderal spending.

    September 29, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Carl Justus

    Crist is as wrong as Boehner and Chambliss when they took a all expense paid week golf outing from those who own their soul and votes in the congress.

    But that is the republican way sell your soul to the highest bidder and be the playboy of the world and say no to good legislation that will benefit anyone that makes less than 75 thousand dollars a year.

    September 29, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. D-Man

    What is really sad about all of have poor people without insurance and struggling to make ends meet allow their personal bias trump reality. We need a Public Option! If it was up to Republicans you racist idiots would die broke...homeless and un-insured!!!!! Wake up people.....

    September 29, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. John in WV

    Just don't come back until Obama has time to fix your last mess.

    September 29, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. N. Elizabeth Davis

    Highly doubtful; but probably wishful thinking on Crist's part!

    September 29, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Malcolm in St Louis

    Republicans mismanaged Katrina and no one was shooting at us.... they started two wars one of which was contrived by lies, and they brought us to the brink of another depression with the worst recession in decades. Their public officials preach Christian values and are involved in sex scandals. Why would we re-elect them so soon. They need 30 years wandering in the wilderness.

    September 29, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. victim of republican greed

    Charlie is sounding more like a wingnut each day. In Obama's first nine months, the economy has begun to turn around, housing starts are up, the stimulus money is kicking in, there is a coalition to deal with Iran, Gitmo will be closed, the stock market is up 20% since the inauguration, the unnecessary war in Iraq is coming to an end. It was pretty dire in September 2008.

    September 29, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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