Kendrick Meek says Crist's announcement doesn't shake up his campaign -- but said he's now "running against two Republicans in the general election."
Asked on a conference call with reporters whether he's expecting the national party -- which has several Senate seats to defend across the country -- will be putting any money into Florida, Meek suggested it was a question for the national committees to answer.
Campaign manager Abe Dyk noted Senate campaign chair Bob Menendez and DNC chief Tim Kaine had sent out e-mails touting Meek.
"While Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio have been busy bickering over luxury spending by the Republican Party of Florida and debating who is more conservative, Kendrick has been working to find solutions to the challenges confronting Florida’s middle class families," Kaine said, calling Crist's decision "the latest example of the corrosive civil war waging among Republicans."
Meek got some major cable TV time, appearing on CNN and MSNBC to plug his candidacy -- and defend his campaign against Chris Matthew's assessment he's had a "weak performance.
"Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on TV in Florida, we haven't even run a 15-second ad yet," Meek said, adding that by election day, "We'll be where we need to be."