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. Anonymous

    America is awake to what? Another president who tells the nation lies about a war, a president who dismisses intel prior to 911, a president who tortures, one who is rude and disinterested in other countries, one who totally ignored at least two states who were desperate for help during Katrina, one who can't even put together a complete sentance and butchers the English language, one who, under his watch, let the economy slide to ruins? One who only cares about the rich and powerfull and couldn't care less about the poor and disinfranchised? Well, I could just go on and on and on.
    We now have a President who makes millions of Americans proud, one who is intelligent, compassionate, has dignity, one who is honest, one who is forthcoming and one who can communicate with all countries, as well as his own. I am so proud of President Obama and will be back, as will so many millions of Americans, to vote for him in the next election.

    September 29, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Dave

    Yes, America does not want the change that is taking place currently. We have been promised transparency, but no one can read the bills being proposed. We have been promised accountability, but the congressional representatives don't even know what they are voting on. We have been told we should have a "Pay as you go" mentality, but we are going into further debt. We have been told the prior president left us all sorts of problems, but the current president is intent on magnifying them. We have been told our current administration values freedom and liberty, but there are many things that call that into question. I want change – but not what is being offered today!

    September 29, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. sportsguydave

    Keep drinking whatever you're swilling, Crist. You people aren't going to the White House without a ticket for a very long time.

    September 29, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. SlowGun

    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.

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    "It may happen again"... How is that a prediction?
    That's like saying "it may rain today"...not quite a prediction.

    September 29, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. vgal

    When is SERIOUS republican going to come along? I had thought this guy was one – but he's shown is true politics as usual side. Moderates don't want to hear this kind of talk. They want to hear positive messages about how THEY plan to make things better.

    Party of No is at it once again.

    September 29, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Greg

    Sounds like Chuck is scrambling to be welcomed back into the GOP fold after dissing McCain last year. And what is his alternative to the bailouts? Banks failing? The US auto industry collapsing, with the attendant ripple effects? Instead of telling us what he thinks Obama is doing WRONG, how about telling us what he thinks should be done INSTEAD? Oh, but I forgot, he belongs to the "party of no," not a party of ideas.

    September 29, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. rufus

    Sorry, Charlie, but Obama beat you to it as our first black (well, half black, half white) president.

    September 29, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. rob in oakland

    An aufully vague speculation when you consider that the likely challenger to Obama is...who again?

    September 29, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Typical of Republicans, Crist is predicting a landslide defeat for Obama in 2012. Why? Because Obama has had the guts to jump in like a real statesman and attempt to fix the problems that he's inherited from a failed Bush administration!

    September 29, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Craig of LA

    Another republican in denial and completely out of touch. The American people will not put back in power the party that brought of the Iraq debacle, the 2008 depression, the collapse of the housing market, tax breaks for the wealthiest americans, rampant deregulation and a blind eye to the oil and health care companies screwing us working folks. We are not going back to that grim and dark past which has brought our great country to near ruin. Never again!

    September 29, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Tom in Delaware

    Here we go...let the emotional hemoraghing from the Left begin....

    September 29, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Ted Tartaglia

    Crist is engaging in wishful thinking. The American public seems to like the Repubs even less that the Democrats so it is hard to see where Christ's assertion has any traction.

    The Repubs are grasping at straws because they have no ideas, no support, and no leadership. Their hope is that Rush or Newt will save them.

    September 29, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. bostondan

    Despite my high hopes for President Obama, I think Mr. Crist is correct. Obama is coming across as a stereotypical socialist liberal, a True Believer in "Government Will Fix Everything, Just Give It Your Money".
    This approach will only appeal to the losers in our society who do not have enough drive to succeed in an open, free marketplace, and want "someone else" to pay their way. Big defeat for O in '12.

    September 29, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. EDDIE

    Wish in one hand and......I got news for him America has been awake since November of last year.I suggest he wake and join America because we have been on our way back since January.

    September 29, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Jilli

    Yeah yeah yeah, we've been hearing the ney saying from the right since the run up to the election, so far they haven't been right yet.

    September 29, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Keith in Austin

    Most Americans believe Crist's statements are true.

    The economy remains in the tank,foreign policy is unraveling, The Government is becoming more and more corrupt, tax and spend policy is out of hand etc.etc.

    Meanwhile, Barry, Mickey and the girls are on their way to Europe to petition the Olympic steering committee! His priorities are completely flawed!

    September 29, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Duck Fallas

    More lies and distortions, with nothing positive to offer. Your base of agitated morons, while noisy, is shrinking. AND... The Moose Hunter wants to be president. Massive defeat? You betcha!

    September 29, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Darren, South Florida

    I live in Florida and I think Christ should keep his predictions to himself. I am not saying whether Obama and the Democrats will or will not suffer a defeat in 2010. However, Chris predictions is more about putting himself in the spotlight and advancing his agenda to become a senator instead of fulfilling his duties as Governor and trying to tackle the states problems. Simply put he lives in a glass house and should not be pointing fingers when he has not effectively dealt with the housing crash, insurance crisis, educational issues (we are one of the last states in education), and whole host of other issues.

    Florida is a mess and instead of trying to fix it he is busy trying to advance his career and become a senator and lamely tries to spin his quest as way to better server Florida.

    September 29, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. gt

    jimmy carter.. worest president ever.....till obama....

    September 29, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Steve

    Once again a Republican is standing about, not solving any problems but once again crowing about the end of Obama. If they put as much effort into fixing the country as they do whining and crying about their position they would probably be alot better off.

    Well, and this is from Florida, we all know they just dont count anymore...or couldnt count to begin with...either way...

    September 29, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Oh No

    Dear Lord, Please help me on my journey to rid my heart of all hate and disgust, the two emotions that Conservatives inspire me to nourish. Please Bless Them with enlightenment and show them the errors of their evil, racist, dangerous ways. Please let them know that true victory comes after this life and into the next. And most of all, please show them that it is not necessary to speak non-stop without actually SAYING a thing. Amen.

    September 29, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. ANGIE

    who cares what you think. just run your own campaign. idiot!

    September 29, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Dale

    America IS awak and it IS coming back ... but that thanks to Obama, not people like Crist. Looks like Crist is going to have a very disappointing year in front of him.

    September 29, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. AJAX

    He will have to eat a crow!!

    September 29, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Tommy

    Yeah, and pigs fly too.

    September 29, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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