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Politico: Clinton tried to get Meek to drop out

Politico: Bill Clinton sought to persuade Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race for Senate during a trip to Florida last week – and nearly succeeded.

Meek agreed – twice – to drop out and endorse Governor Charlie Crist’s independent bid in a last-ditch effort to stop the Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee who stands on the cusp of national stardom.

Meek, a staunch Clinton ally from Miami, has failed to broaden his appeal around the state and is mired in third place in most public polls, with a survey today showing him with just 15% of the vote. His withdrawal, polls suggest, would throw core Democratic voters to the moderate governor, rocking a complicated three-way contest and likely throwing the election to Crist.

The former President’s top aide, Doug Band, initially served as the intermediary between Meek and Crist, and Clinton became involved only when Meek signaled that he would seriously consider the option, Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna confirmed to POLITICO.

“The argument was: ‘You can be a hero here. You can stop him, you can change this race in one swoop,’” said another Democrat familiar with the conversations, who said Clinton had bluntly told Meek that he couldn’t win the race.

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Bebo

Nice job not actually linking to the source of the story, Beth.

-- Bebo

Jeff

Cute...this was dropped by Crist campaign specifically Eric Johnson...why because they know Wexler should of counted the voted in 2008 to have Clinton (Hillary) be president...Wexler is scared she is coming back and so is Eric Johnson...She is!

Moderate Democrat

It is now time for thinking Democrats to come together to stop Rubio and stand behind Governor Crist.

The Big Dog knows and so do we.

Kaue

Why not ask crist to bow out. Why does it have to be the black guy? Meek is the true dem. Charlie is an opporotunist,

Amanda

This has nothing to do with skin color. What it has to do with is stopping the extreme far right.

TaxPayer 2010

How could a democrat's voter who respects himself vote for this sleazy candidate...?

Statement by Governor Charlie Crist Regarding Indicted Chairman Jim Greer:

“I would like to commend My Friend Chairman Jim Greer for his selfless dedication to the Republican Party of Florida over the last three years. Jim has long been a loyal servant to the Republican cause."

"Chairman Greer Has and Always Will Have My Unwavering Support." ROTFL

http://www.rpof.org/article.php?id=807

Paul Citro

Crist has been a good moderate governor. Democrats having nothing to fear from him.

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