January 13th, 2010
10:15 AM ET
5 years ago

Florida Senate candidates weigh in on Haiti

(CNN) – Florida's major Senate candidates have weighed in on the crisis in Haiti. Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist, as well as Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek have issued statements of condolence in the wake of the 7.0 earthquake that shook the island Tuesday.

Statements after the jump:

Marco Rubio:

“Like many Floridians, my wife Jeanette and I were deeply saddened to hear about the tragedy in Haiti. Florida is blessed with a large Haitian community, and today our thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people in Haiti, as well as our Haitian neighbors here in Florida. We're also praying for the U.S. law enforcement, civilian and military personnel who are now en route to Haiti to help mitigate this humanitarian crisis.

“Jeanette and I encourage our fellow Floridians to explore ways to support the relief effort in Haiti, including through non-government and faith-based organizations such as the Red Cross, AmeriCares and Samaritan’s Purse. Every little bit helps, and it is important for the Haitian people to know that their closest neighbors are standing with them during this difficult time.”

Gov. Charlie Crist:

“As one of Haiti’s closest neighbors, Florida stands ready to offer assistance to those affected by today’s devastating earthquake. The Division of Emergency Management has notified the United States Department of State that we are ready to assist in every way possible. I have discussed with State Representatives Yolly Roberson, Ronald Brise and Mack Bernard ways we can support Florida families with loved ones in Haiti. Our hearts and prayers go out to them all.”

Rep. Kendrick Meek

"During these times of natural disaster, our first response is to donate food, clothing, and blankets to the disaster zone, but this goodwill often causes delays in the supply chain providing recovery to those in danger. By clicking on the link to the Red Cross on KendrickMeek.Com and making a contribution, needed financial resources will go directly to the Red Cross who possess the know-how to quickly provide disaster relief and aid in the recovery effort of the Haitian people. Floridians always come together during times of crisis and natural disaster, and our neighbors in Haiti need our assistance. I am encouraging Floridians to visit KendrickMeek.com and donate to the Red Cross to aid in the humanitarian relief effort in Haiti," said Kendrick Meek.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Chris W

    Kendrick Meek, way to capitalize for your political website, as if the Red Cross doesn't have their own site?!
    That is an indicator of the scariest kind of politician...

    January 13, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. p.tomas

    wow,more trouble in the world. i hope people will now start to realize that we need to focus on enviroment issues,not war.We half to battle the elements not the human race.

    January 13, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Dutch the Great

    Although it's probably a must that all of these candidates issue statements, I'm glad to see they haven't made this political. This is a time to partisanship aside.

    January 13, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Aspen Professor

    I can imagine that the Republican challenger in Florida will call immediately for protecting the top 1% of wealthy folks in Haiti. Then his next comment will find something about that earthquake to pin on Obama. OR, perhaps that earthquake will provide an opportunity for the Republicans to go play nation-builder?

    January 13, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    Don't forget Catholic Charities.

    January 13, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    And who really cares what they have to say!!! Losers

    January 13, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Jane/Seattle

    Hey, Folks: How about sending some of that obscene campaign money to help Haiti? Or fix America's schools? Or to help the still-hurting folks in new Orleans? Or help the state of California out? When so few are helping these folks daily why are you talking about it now? After these countries get suckered by the IMF and World Bank and get hit with high interest rates, who cares then? Expressing such compassion in the face of disaster is all well and good, BUT who cares after the capitalists move in for their predatory Profits, just like Katrina and other places!?

    January 13, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |