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Alex Sink faces Kendrick Meek flap questions in Little Havana

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink -- who could be the biggest loser amid the rumors that former President Bill Clinton asked Senate hopeful Kendrick Meek to drop out of that race -- brushed off questions about the flap at Little Havana's Versailles restaurant Friday morning.

"I haven't been involved with that," she said.

When asked if she was worried that the rumors would hurt African-American Democratic turnout on Tuesday, Sink added: "Not at all."

"I met with a number of African-American pastors last night," she said. "They understand what's at stake. They're all supporting Meek very enthusiastically...I am really focused on the Alex Sink campaign for governor right now."

Questions about the Senate race persisted after Sink drank Cuban coffee, ate a guava-and-cheese pastry ("Delicioso!" she declared) and sat with Hispanic supporters, including several Republicans, who touted her economic and education plans.

"What I know is this: I'm a very strong supporter of Kendrick Meek," Sink said. "I'm going to vote for Kendrick Meek...He has strong grassroots support."

In an appeal to voters in Miami-Dade -- where her opponent, Rick Scott, was trounced in the GOP primary -- Sink also played up her ties to South Florida. "I moved to Miami 26 years ago and I fell in love," she said. "I fell in love with Miami and South Florida."

She gushed about Miami's diversity, too: "That's what I believe is the incredible strength we have here in Florida, and we don't talk enough about that," Sink said. "I'm going to be sure that my appointments reflect the diversity of the people of Florida."

"I'm going to be watching the Miami-Dade election results very, very closely," she added. "We're looking very good. The reception from the Hispanic community has been very strong for me."

Sink's trip to Versailles came shortly after a visit to the restaurant from Republican attorney general hopeful Pam Bondi, who drew a crowd when she hung out at the restaurant's street side coffee window and chatted with folks grabbing breakfast.

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