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Kendrick Meek backs lifting "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio don't

With a key Senate panel poised to take up repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Kendrick Meek is using his stance in support of repeal to cast himself as the "lone progressive running against two conservatives.

"Do the governor and Speaker Rubio still stand with the far right instead of our men and women in uniform?" said Meek spokesman Adam Sharon.

Gov. Charlie Crist told reporters Monday that "I think the current policy has worked pretty well for America. I really do. So I don't know why there's any need for change at this time."

A spokesman for former House Speaker Marco Rubio said Rubio "supports the current policy and doesn’t see any reason for it to change.'

Meek's campaign says he's been a "longstanding cosponsor of legislation" to repeal the policy and has posted a petition on his website calling for its repeal. Bill Nelson said yesterday he'll vote to back repeal.