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. Peoples Voice

    Dream on. Dream on.

    You people are losing more and more voters each and every time you lie about something.

    September 29, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. obummer, 1 and done

    We can only Hope!

    Now that is change we can believe in!!!

    September 29, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Jeff Adams

    George McGovern only won Massachussets and the District of Columbia in the 1972 presidential election.

    September 29, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. keenaber

    These are worried hass about their individual feelings that are not met, they are not God to know what comes in future.The president is there forever my rep. crist. U are not satistified while u were not choosen.shut up.

    September 29, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. mike

    I am a Republican who is ashamed of the way the GOP is behaving. I think they are their own worst enemy, and because of their behavior, I will be voting Democrat for a long time.

    September 29, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Chris D.

    I really and truly feel that Gov. Christ is wrong........I know that 46-48 million Americans didn't vote for the President, and that they are truly letting their voices be heard......However to say that this President will lose for being an over achiever is wrong. It all depends on where the unemployment rate is at this time next year (for congressional elections), and by 2011 for the President. If the unemployment rate is at 5.0-6.0, the President will be re elected. Knowone will kick the President out of office for a job well done. The mistake that many opponents make, is counting him out 9 months into office. The economy has stabilized. That's job # 1a, job 1b is dropping the unemployment rate. Ronald Reagan got 2 years in office to fix the economy, and had an unemployment rate of 10.0........To attack a President in year one, and compare him to president Carter, whose coalition unraveled two years into his 4 year term is ridiculous. Yes the cries of foul, and disappointment are loud, but they come from a legion of voters who did not support Obama, (I'll be generous 53 -54 million voted for Obama. I'll give the opposition a million unhappy customers, from that lot, and he still has enough support for reelection) and the rest of the detractors represent the status quo.

    September 29, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Jim

    With Obama's number dropping consistently and the American people's displeasure with his policy direction, Crist's prediction isn't too bold and shouldn't make too many waves. Of course much can happen in a year until the 2010 elections...
    Jim

    September 29, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Chris - Denver

    I hope Crist is wrong, but knowing the rampant stupidity among the American public, I fear he may be right. People resent smart, articulate people who make the tough choices we need. They like flashy dimwits who tell them what they want to hear. Enter S. Palin.

    September 29, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Eric

    He also stood by and waited in line for Stimulus money. Can't have it both ways Crist, besides your party is never going to accept you anyway.

    September 29, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. keenaber

    Does it mean the president is not an American?stop dreaming.

    September 29, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. di

    America is awake, both parties hopefully will face massive defeat!

    September 29, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Mississippi Miss

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

    This is a true statment spoken by a true American patriot. Not that the Conservatives have a monoploy on patriotism, quite the opposite.

    Hopefully independents and moderates will un-leash their patriotic side too, and help us to 'stay awake'. Be diligent, hard working, and fair in our assessments of President Obama's administration.

    We are 'all fired up and ready to go' Mr. President. You are inspiring
    us more than you know, no surprises there. Yes we can... and in
    2012 Yes we will!

    September 29, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Darlene Hagen

    Gov, I agree with the idea of "coming back" but it seems all we are doing is talking about it. Just what will we do to return our country to unity, civility, morality? (It sure isn't Obama for that.)

    September 29, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Nija

    Can you name just One solution to the current problems.

    September 29, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. EMJ

    Yes, I don't want to but I fear what he is saying may end up true. All the racist, fake christian, flat out lying Repglican talking heads have riled up the rednecks and they will indeed come out in droves. Since normal people already have a president they like and trust the won't come out and vote like the 'it's gotta be white or it ain't right' nutjobs. Then we end up with the same old Republicans hiding behind the flag and making sure they are teh only true Americans.

    September 29, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. ETM

    Crist wishes! Obama will win a crushing victory over whoever the Republicans nominate in 2012, particularly if they nominate that nitwit from Alaska.

    September 29, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. me happy- at 4:20 each day

    I think Crist may be right. Democrats (and many independents, and a few republicans) were so power hungry and full of Bush hate that once they finally got it (the power) they did not know what to do with it.

    Although I am indifferent to Obama (we certainly have had worse presidents) this administration, however, with their “change crusade” is really starting to make a lot of people uncomfortable.

    Democrats are acting as if they were a bunch of starving kids who were cut loose in a giant candy store with all they can eat. Such erratic gluttony “for change” is bound to cause some big messes.

    September 29, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. keith

    Charlie Crist ask as if he did such a wonderful job during the November election. If I remember correctly, and I do, President Obama won Florida dispite Mr. Crist's appeal. First Charlie should try to hold onto his own office, before looking down the road at the presidents chances. With the constant bashing of Hispanics in Florida good luck. kp

    September 29, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. unshrub

    Anyway you look at it, the problems where face in this country are problems that were created WHEN republicans were in control. republicans only hope is that people will forget that when they vote next time. republicans have nothing else to offer people.

    September 29, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. A Southern Lady

    Mr. Crist, in all his Republican bluster, fails to mention the steps that President Obama has been forced to take to correct the massive problems this county faces left by the Bush administration. Where was all this Republican bluster when Bush and Cheney were taking us to war on half-truths and lies, running the economy into the ground, torturing people, tax breaks for the rich and ruining our reputation around the world as a good and decent people? All Republican voices were silent. We now have a President of intelligence who is working hard to get the country back on course and he will succeed even with the efforts of the Republicans to make him fail thus the country will fail. Mr. Crist is singing an old and tired song.

    September 29, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Rob

    Governor Crist, you are smoking the drapes. Talk about wishful thinking on the Republican's part. Do you really think the 62+million people who voted for President Obama in '08 are just going to stay home? We're all still out here, and we support what he's trying to do to restore America at home and abroad after the eight most disastrous years of Republican rule ever in history. Do you think we're all idiots? We know why the bailouts happened (and why they had to happen–thanks, President Bush), we want health insurance reform and we know who's bankrolling the efforts to stop it. Your party, its true leader (Limbaugh) and its fawning acolytes like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and the rest of the paid flunkies at Fox News may shout all you want. You are now and will forever be known as the racist, I've got mine party of fear and pessimism, modern-day Luddites unable to face change that is way overdue. We won't forget that by 2010 or 2012.

    September 29, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Chris

    Crist and his GOP buddies been praying for Obama's defeat ever since he won the election, and undermining the President all along.

    September 29, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. T'SAH from Virginia

    The IDIOT QUOTES: "America is awake and we're coming back,"

    DANG!!! What part of AMERICA is he talking about??? The far-right Party of NO REPUBLI-CAN'T's America??? And if so, HOW are they coming BACK???? Where have they been??? Who are they? What is their PLAN? What is their Race? Where do they live???

    If they DO come back, they are in for a RUDE AWAKENING because the majority of America DOES NOT think like them and WILL NOT hire them again to run this country!!!

    September 29, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Lynn

    Why are Republicans predicting a defeat for Obama when he's only been in office 8 months. Republicans need to quit listening to Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Fox News, etc. and give the President a chance.

    September 29, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. Absolutely!

    America is awake and we're coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You've got that right, Charlie – the big nightmare is beginning to end.

    September 29, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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