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. RealityKing

    Huge deficit spending, huge government expansion and huge taxes to pay for it. Of course its going to happen again...

    September 29, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Wake Up

    If people judged Obama by policy, he would get defeated. Unfortunately, the left liberal media glorifies Obama and doesn't actually show how bad and radical Obama and his polices are. America will get back, it always does.

    September 29, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Shirley in California

    Guess what Crist – it won't work. You are NOT believable. He is doing just fine. We will all come together once again and defeat YOU and any others who run on the republican ticket. The republicans are being rejected and they are not going back to the WH for a long time. We the people have spoken and we have long memories. Republicans will find out again when we vote.

    September 29, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. patrick

    Bank bailouts??? Hate to tell Chuck but those were started by a Repub. The first out bailouts, Repub..... give me a break. This mess we are in is not because of Obama, I do agree that american's have an easy time forgetting things, like science, education and a few other small things but considering that Bush put us in the worst economic shape and got us into a war that was a complete error and cost us tons of money, that yes our children will be paying off, I find it really really funny that now you guys care. And about that stimulus plan of Obama's......Ummmm, weren't you championing that as because had you not you would have looked like a failed governor with a state in a complete financial mess???? Chuck grow up, if you are going to defeat Obama in 12, do it with ideas not a bunch of bull. People are sick of that, and the repub are going to have to do better then that to win.

    September 29, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Tim in Minnesota

    Wow, these guys are such great prognosticators! Here we have a new president that has been in office what, a little over eight months and this guy is predicting defeat in a little under 3 1/2 years? Wow, these guys are sooo desperate!
    And of course, this guy, like so many R's do, is look to the past and say, "See, it's going to happen just like it did before!" Hogwash!
    The first thing R's need to do is to come up with some IDEAS. Yes, ideas! It isn't enough to complain, tell people what to be afraid of and who to blame for it all. You can't just say, "Hey, we're coming back!" You really do have to offer something other than bellyaching over your loss of power. I really don't think it's so much of a loss of power as it is a loss of good ideas. Crist can say what he wants, but it has a very hollow ring unless you come up with some concrete thoughts about how to improve the country.

    September 29, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Robert

    If America "is awake", the Republicans would never come back. They had complete control of all three branches of government and proved what happens when they are in power. They should never have the opportunity to be in the majority again. They had a great chance to make a difference and they blew it by making things worse or doing nothing at all.

    September 29, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. J.Crobuzon

    . . . because if you want insightful and predictive commentary, you always think of Charlie Crist first. Or maybe Charlie the Tuna; they're both silly cartoon characters. Never mind Florida, they all have Electoral Dysfunction.

    September 29, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. hockey dad

    Dream on Crist,.. Obama was left to clean up your party's mess,.. and is doing a fine job, while your party plants land mines in every step of his path,... and you expect the American voters to reward your obstructionist ways?

    September 29, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |

    It's about time the republicans wake up. Let's get these idiots out of congress and balance it out. then the economy will change. we cant have one party running the world we need balance.

    September 29, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Jon Krieger

    And isn't it ironic that one of the most idiotic of Obama's supporters is Jimmy Carter?Its as if Carter knows the doom that is awaiting Obama!

    September 29, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Lisa

    WHAT America is awake? Let me guess...*Your* America. Oh how I love this favorite phrase that Republicans whip out when wanting to appeal to the percentage of Americans that think EXACTLY as they do so that they APPEAR to be all about the working man when really...they've done nothing to remodel themselves as a political party. What has the Republican party done this entire time? Use this opportunity to remake themselves? Grow from these electoral defeats & get back in touch with what little good their party once stood for? Advance themselves by keeping their nose to the grindstone & just working hard? No. Once again, they relied on fear pushing, misinformation, hate rallying, crowd manipulation tactics. They spin BS as truth & feed it to the ignorant of the world.
    It's the same crap they're spinning. They get to be the same homophobic, xenophobic, gun toting, choice demonizing crazy-ass right wing as ever they were.
    THAT will be the Republican party's downfall. Again & again. Because they just. don't. get it.

    September 29, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. oh come on know

    charlie are you the next anti christ? you sure sound like you're a know it all . please don't run for public office again. you are on the do not return list.

    September 29, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Proud Member..Party of No

    If republicans legislate conservatively they will dominate the next two election cycles....but they have to be conservative republicans, not Olympia Snowe republicans.

    And all this because Barack Obama and his administration, Nancy Pelosi and the democrat party in general are such dismal failures on every front.

    September 29, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Lisa T

    Charlie, Charlie, Charlie...I see that you have moved from the moderate position for which I admired you to playing to the extreme fringe of the conservative base. Such a disappointment!

    September 29, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. jay

    If the Republicans throw out all of the angry and belligerent extremists like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly, and some of the other religious loonys, they might have a snowball's chance in hell in 2010 and 2012. But if they did that who would be left.

    September 29, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Diana

    America woke up two years ago when we voted you out and voted Obama in. Wishful thinking are we?

    September 29, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. ps

    A republican predicting a republican victory – how predictable is that?

    I'm an independent and I predict an independent victory – where's my news story?

    September 29, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Larry

    America is awake all right

    And very aware of people like you Charlie, that don't have a clue as to what is really going on down here in the trenches

    We can't wait to throw people like you to the curb as we get this country back on track after all the destruction you and your fellow Republicans have created

    By Bye Charlie

    September 29, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. larrywi

    Crist is right on the money $$, Those of us who were an adult during the Carter peanut, Billy beer era know this all to well, and now we see it again, only this time it is worse with Obama than it was with Carter. Obama is coasting, he knows absolutely nothing about running our government, and how could he! He is in hopes that his equally inexperienced czars and staff will see him thru this, but the cannot, and who looses, we do. Obama got waht he wanted, notority, no matter what the disastorous results are of his term he will still have benefitted big time, and at our expense. I hope the no minds that voted for this chump enjoy everything that he will throw there way..

    September 29, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Mississippi Miss

    True that. True that. American Liberty for the masses bill of 2010, will begin to dismantle this brick wall of partisanship. If the Republican party doesn't have bi-partisanship... they will be voted out also.

    This is the one thing that most Americans are sick of, whether they follow policies or not. With President Bush, it was 'grid-lock',
    with President Obama, it is single minded push and persuasion (sticks and carrots). I never thought I would see 'that' used on the American people. With this administration we are seeing things like we never saw before.

    Remember the song 'Mama told me not to come' ? Well we are
    at the party, and it blows our collective minds.

    I really wish I had more than one vote.

    September 29, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Reagan was wrong

    I also have a prediction: Crist, who is unloved by the GOP base, will continue to make statements like these to try and appeal to all those people who have labeled him a RINO, kinda how T-Paw all of a sudden started flinging bombs left and right.

    September 29, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. zago

    What Crist is saying is that there is no way a Black man could have been president under normal circumstances. Then, things get to be really bad to hand the presidency to a black man provisionally. When things get back to normal, we will take it back no matter how he performs because this is not his place.

    If you think you are that superior Crist, why don't you run for president and show what you capable of. Don't tell me you don't like it. You moving away from the governorship to the senate because you want a say in national politics. If you move yourself to the WH, you probably will have more power.

    Go get a life Crist. Stop the veiled racism!

    September 29, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. FloridaFranny *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Like I would put any stock in anything Charlie Crist has to say.... tallk about a man who talks out of both sides of his mouth.

    September 29, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. chelle

    Say what????? The President has been in office for nine months and Crist is predicting a landslide win for the Republicans? Let's see – Wall Street is on an upswing, housing sales are up, retail is up, jobs are a lagging indicator so they will likely be up in 8 months to a year, people's optimism is up, the only true areas of dispute are Afganistan and health care. Well I am guessing that the Obama administration is smart enough to deal with those issues without causing the country to turn against them (minus the religious right and the Limbaugh lovers). Dream on Charlie...dream on...

    September 29, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Sniffit

    yawn...they gain back even 1 seat in the senate and they'll be swinging from the ceiling fans screaming that it's a major victory an d a sign of america's displeasure with the Dems. why? because they will undoubtedly fillibuster everything they possibly can...and if the voting public doesn't realize that, doesn't consider it extremely damaging (not to mention infantile) and doesn't wish to prevent the GOP from bringing the country to an even worse standstill until 2012 just so they can point fingers and blame it all on Obama, then they'll allow the GOP to take back a seat. It's likely to happen...americans are great at aflling asleep at the wheel.

    September 29, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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