The Hill reports Kendrick Meek has withdrawn his support for two pieces of legislation dear to some liberal allies: a controversial trade bill and legislation to create a single-payer health care system.
Both measures have attracted opposition from business groups, the Hill notes. It says the Miami Democrat announced on the floor on Wednesday that he was taking his name off a bill that requires U.S. trade agreements to be reviewed and renegotiated. He also dropped his sponsorship from a bill that would create a single-payer health insurance system.
A spokesman for Meek told the Hill that Meek ended his sponsorship of the health care bill because the debate on healthcare is not focused on creating a single-payer system.
It's not the first time the Senate candidate has seemingly sought to move to center: Over the summer he joined a handful of Democrats in proposing that federal money continue to be prohibited from paying for abortions for poor women.