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. Nick

    Who is this guy?

    September 29, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. I'll make 'em famous

    "America is awake and we're coming back,"

    Ahahaa, ..dream on dreamer, Carter never had a Georges W Bush as predecessor!

    September 29, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. HarryB

    With all due respect, Charlie is an idiot. He's standing before unknowing GOP audiences who are desperate for a 2012 candidate and telling them that the country could learn from his success in helping Florida recover from the near-Depression. Even his primary opponent has stated that when "Empty Chair Charlie" became Governor, the unemployment rate was 3.7%, and it is now 10.7%! Ask him about his "hurricane insurance" creation, the one that will bankrupt the state when the next major hurricane hits. Those who know the harm that he caused as Governor are terrified concerning the even greater harm that he might cause as Senator, VP, or God help us, President. His Primary opponent, Marco Rubio, is only radical. Charlie is sly, cunning, well tanned and incompetent.

    September 29, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Libertarian

    NOTE TO GOP: Stop trying to scare America into voting for you actually DO something.

    September 29, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Bob the Slob

    Wow! What a showdown! Crist versus Anti-Christ!

    September 29, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. single mom

    If Obama had been more subtle, then he might have gotten his agenda through while fooling the American public.

    However, the Democratic leadership – Obama, Pelosi and Reid especially – showed an arrogance and mouth-in-footitis syndrome that clued the American public that had been fooled into what was really going on.

    2010 is just the start.

    September 29, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. disgusted by the partisian continual harping

    I am ashamed that Charlie Crist, a governor of our state, is predicting that Obama will fail when Obama hasn't even been in office one year. It seems that some politicians are trying so hard to move up that they are working towards an election 3.5 years away more than they are working together now to help solve the problems. Our political process has become more of working toward the next step of moving up instead of serving in the capacity in which they were elected. Leaders spurring distrust and lack of allegiance to individuals who were elected by the majority in order to move ahead themselves.

    This negativity in our country has to stop – what happened to supporting our President who was elected by the majority and working together to solve the problem instead of "divide and conquer"? It is a petulant loser who keeps on harping and harping like a shrew, hoping that the sqeaky wheel of inuendos will take hold.

    Shame on your Charlie Christ! I voted for you!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. geecee

    What is he talking about. It's his party that caused the mess that we are in now. So how does Obama get blamed?? The guy has been in office 9 months. Talk about rushing to judgment!! Once the economy begins to improve, the Rethugs won't have a chance.

    September 29, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. A. Goodwin

    Why is it that Republican's, when it comes to something big like our failing economy or healthcare...keep on saying to slow down? Really, what is the slowdown for? I keep hearing the same sentiment "we want to do this right."

    Why can't you do it right, yet do it in an expedited way? Why do we hire these fools who have continually stall out on real change...and ask us to wait. Wait for what? Hire some darn interns and start getting the job done!

    I am so tired of people saying "oh, you voted for change but..." BUT WHAT? We DO want change...we want it NOW. Not 10 years from now...not when its good for the Rebpublican's. Now means, NOW! American's are SICK of waiting for Washington to get off their duff and do something. And here comes Crist...yet again sputtering the Republican mantra.

    Should we have bailed out the banks (thanks Bush)...should we have bailed out the auto industry...who knows. But the fact of the matter is that sometimes you have to use your best judgement and do what you think is right. That is what has been missing from Washington for so long. Lets stop sitting around and actually DO something!!!!

    September 29, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Ken

    Hmmm. Yes, Obama could face a defeat. Of course, it is also possible that your phone could turn into a refridgerator - or maybe your pet will start quoting Shakespeare. And then again, what remains of the [R] party could get a BRAIN. But I wouldn't bet a dime on any of it.

    September 29, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. John

    No, we wanted a end to the corruption, the blatant and quite excessive, (and I mean crazy excessive corruption) of the Bush Admin. and cronies. We also wanted justice to be served for the endless stealing and killing and eroding of civil liberties the Bush Administration did on Americans and foreigners for their own greed and power. Obama proved to us, in only half a year, that he would not prosecute the criminals of the Bush Administration the War Profiteers and the Wall Street crooks. In fact on a lot of things he just continued and even expanded Bush's policies. Now he's pushing for a mandatory insurance bill for every American with an almost $4,000 fee for anyone who doesn't pay. Baucus did a bunch of back door deals with the pharmaceauticals, from gag orders about the disclosure of the $1/2billion in costs to the Medicare to the legilation promise blocking Americans from Canadian drugs. Basically, continued corporate funded corruption of our government, same game different team.

    September 29, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Sandra, Atlanta

    Charlie, your view of 'America' is not necessarily everyone's veiw! People like you propogate the notion that if you aren't on one side or the other, you're not 'AERICAN". I hightly resent that no matter which view I take.

    Get over yourself !

    September 29, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Abby

    How about you get some work done in between elections and stop the wishful thinking?


    Obama 2012
    Democrats in 2016

    September 29, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Richard/ Michigan

    Are you serious Chuckie? The "change" that you speak of was an economic " Katrina" caused by your party in the first place. We actually may get out of this much better than anyone would have expected partly due to GW Bush's takeover of the banks before he left office. President Obama had the sense to listen to his advisors and continue on that course. Even here in Michigan improvement is beginning I guess its a good thing that they both had enough sense to know how to prevent another Great Depression. It seems that you however wouldn't be even a worse president than Bush!!!

    September 29, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Paul

    Obama is on track to be worse than Carter. If the feckless media would have done its job investigating Obama's sack lunch worth of credentials we would not be in this dilemma. Your friends/confidantes & experience are important and we are paying dearly for Obama's ample weakness and countless blunders.

    September 29, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Jay

    Crist is a piece of garbage who doesn't even know how to run the state of Florida. Maybe if he was open and honest, he'd come out of the closet and tell everyone he is gay. There are good sources stating Crist was in a relationship with a man.

    September 29, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Tony

    He is just saying what most Americans believe. This is not the change people wanted. Socialism and wrecless spending only equal one term president. And most of the dems in congress will be told to hit the road too. Thank God.

    September 29, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. john u

    The government has provided needed cash infusions to prevent an economic is a big overstatement to say "every day you get up and the government has taken over some other industry, auto industry or banks or whatever".....and the gov't isn't actively managing any of it....and they haven't done anything since GM in June. Maybe Christ should read Bloomberg's latest tally of total gov't assistance, backings,'s DROPPED from $12.8 trillion to $11.6, and the credit market has almost returned to normal (though the cheap credit days are over). Instead the gov't has bent over backwards to keep things in private hands. You'd think someone prognosticating on this would know what they're talking about. And what would Christ have done by the way....just let it all collapse?

    September 29, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. NJ

    You guys absolutely don't get it !!

    It's just a little matter of wanting a change. You guys screwed up EVERYTHING.
    – You hawkish foriegn policy got us into an uncessary and morally questionable war.
    – Your philosophy of small governament and deregulation lead to a massive melt-down of the financial sector.
    – Your party has been completely taken over by fundamentalist evangelicals.

    You turned a huge surplus into a massive deficient to fund nothing other than an unnecessary war and tax cuts for the rich. And after decades of preaching tax cuts to create jobs there were fewer jobs when you left office then when you took over.
    You tortured prisioners, listened to prive phone calls without a warrent, fired US attorneys for political reasons, outed a CIA agent, lied about inteligence....AND ALL OF THIS AFTER RECEIVING FEWER VOTES THAN THE OTHER GUY !!!!

    September 29, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Helen, NY

    Charlie, Obama boy deserves it. He has no experience whatsoever. We cannot have such president in white house who is a big talk and no action.

    September 29, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Mike in MN

    I think Crist is on to something.
    People wanted change, but not this.
    In November no one knew that there would be a massive increase in deficits that would triple those under Bush. And no one knew that Obama would all but ignore the deficits while at the same overseeing a massive growth in government and pushing more and more huge pork filled spending bills that add even more to the deficit.
    In November many who voted for Obama thought he was going to govern from the center, but he has taken a hard turn to the left.
    People wanted change, most did not want this change.
    And not only has Obama's approval ratting dropped a ton in the polls over the last few months, so has the Democratic party. Obama is taking the party down with him.
    All over the country in major races for governer and US Senate Republicans are leading Democrats, inculding some major incumbants like Harry Reid and others. And the real tell is independents are now pulling with a majority disapproving of Obama and indicating they would prefer that Republicans controlled congress.
    Crist is not kidding.

    September 29, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Peter

    The Phrase "TALKING THOUGH HIS HAT" means:

    1. Talking Nonsense.
    2. Talking about a subject as if you know a lot about it when in fact you know very little.
    3. When you fail an Exam, you don't teach others how to pass the Exam.

    GOP is full of Clowns and Jokers. – Keep the Circus on. 🙂

    September 29, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sorry Charlie. President Obama is not Jimmy Carter and Mitt Romney is not Ronald Reagan.

    September 29, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. rapotat

    What I think, Crist, is that while you republicans continually try and force Americans into thinking the GOP is mainstream, YOUR party is the party doomed for failure.

    To date nothing from the right has been mainsteam or accomplished anything - including Palin, chosen for the female vote, tea bagging brouhaha, race baiting, hate speech, or fear mongering. None of it has worked.

    As long as the GOP keeps it's attacks on President Obama, the GOP continues to prove they have no leadership, no solutions, and no economic or health care alternatives.

    September 29, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. Aunt Bea and Opie

    And we thought the only dangerous snakes in Florida were in the swamps,this guy is a delusional but sneaky boa.Lets hope the gator eats him.hahaha

    September 29, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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