June 25th, 2010
11:44 AM ET
4 years ago

Bill Clinton: 'Please donate $5 or more' to help Dem win Florida

 Bill Clinton sent out a fundraising letter on Friday for Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek.
Bill Clinton sent out a fundraising letter on Friday for Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Washington (CNN) – Bill Clinton is asking for money – to help Democrats take back a Senate seat in Florida. The former president sent out a fundraising letter on Friday for Rep. Kendrick Meek.

"Please donate $5 or more to Kendrick's campaign today," Clinton writes. "Help him meet his end-of-quarter fundraising goal by June 30 so he can take advantage of the dynamics of this three-candidate race." Clinton states that goal is $100,000.

Meek is locked in a Democratic primary battle against billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene. Also vying for the seat are Republican nominee Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent after exiting the GOP primary.

The rancor in the Meek, Greene race has grown increasingly bitter as both men have traded barbs.

Among other things, Meek accuses Greene of being a "carpetbagger" and amassing his real estate fortune on the backs of the middle class in Florida and California, where Greene lived for many years. Greene slams Meek for a so-called "scandal" involving Meek's past dealings with a real estate developer currently accused of fraud in a project previously proposed for a Miami neighborhood. Both men deny those claims.

In his fundraising letter, Clinton called Meek "the best candidate" with a record of looking out for Floridians. And Clinton hopes Democrats can "take back this crucial Senate seat."

GOP Sen. George LeMieux currently holds the seat after Republican Sen. Mel Martinez retired. Crist appointed LeMieux to the seat.

Greene's campaign is essentially dismissing Clinton's ringing endorsement for Meek.

"Meek is a career politician and therefore has the support of the insiders and the Washington establishment," Greene campaign spokesman Paul Blank told CNN.

"The reason Jeff [Greene] is surging in the polls is because he's an outsider who's independent of all the special interests and is going to shake things up in Washington on behalf of the people," he added.


Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Florida
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Wisconsinite

    @Henry Miller, Libertarian June 25th, 2010 12:39 pm ET

    The Dems are incessantly demanding that you pay more taxes

    WHOSE TAXES HAVE GONE UP??!!! WHOSE???!!!!

    June 25, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Ben

    phoenix86 – "Vote for Meek. Keep Nancy Pelosi in power."

    You can't be serious. Surely you're not dumb enough to want to keep Queen Botox in power after all the crap she's pulled. If you truly want that, you need to never set foot in a polling place ever again.

    June 25, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. geecee

    Sorry, President Clinton. You are wasting your time. Gov. Crist has it locked up, hopefully!!!

    June 25, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    Henry Miller – who is raising your taxes? Those "tax and spend libruls?" We paid less taxes last year than we had in the last 60 years. It was all over the news. Are you purposely trying to spread lies or do you really not know?

    And while I'm at it here, Mr. Miller, have you noticed that the GOP has become a wholly owned subsidiary of corporate America, dropping all pretenses? They're against health care reform (my own Senator told me he had to protect the profits of insurance cos.), they're against Wall Street reform after the banksters caused the biggest economic meltdown since the great depression, and just last week before Joe Barton apologized to BP for the President's shakedown the Republican Study Group in the House (about 100 or so members) used that same wording: shakedown. Do you think we're all idiots?

    June 25, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. THE OBAMA TRUTH

    Bill Clinton I thought you were a better man that what you are. How can you and Hillary not commit suicide being that you have sunk so low as to aid OBAMA in his destruction of the United States. All Obama and his staff should be exiled to the Amazon and given only a survival knife for being traitors.

    June 25, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Ann

    Don't do this Bill. Begging for $5 is the Obama style of winning elections. Obama won once with this trick, he will not win the second term. People, if you really have $ to donate, use them for more noble causes rather than helping politicians to pay their ads and media to throw mud to each other.

    June 25, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. mir

    its sad to know America still lives in the stone age era. They are so afraid of change and progress. Lack of a new America gives rise to 3rd world nations. I applaude the 3rd world countries for moving forward in to the 21st century and beyond. AMerica can continue living in the old fashioned way while other nations rise to the top.

    June 25, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Kelby from Houston, Texas

    I am sure Meeks is a good guy. But, He is going against Crist, who is very well known by Florida voters and teabag nut named Rubio who is a GOP attention whore.
    I do believe Crist will win. Even with Bill giving Meeks a boost

    June 25, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. mir

    American mentality. Some of them have no minds of their own and therefore are easily bullied by the Republican party we saw what happened for 8 years under the republican rule. You Vote Republican you lose. They thread on the fears of the American people. The Tea party people are non other than republicans GOP under another name. Having a tea party is the strategy the GOP have adopted to bully the vulnerable american people. Common open your eyes and look around and compare and judge dont throw away a good thing the Democrat

    June 25, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Ridgeway

    I will give him $5 if Clinton promises to go away forever.

    June 25, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Tall Ed

    If Meeks wins and I think he will the People of Florida will have to make a choice.

    Meeks – who will vote with the other Democrats and support the President and help move the county forward. Remember it take 60 votes to do anything in the Senate.

    Rubio – who will vote against the President always causing the Senate to halt to a stand still.

    Crist – who will vote like an Independent much like Lieberman. So he could go both ways, sometimes with the President and sometimes against.

    Meek= Yes
    Rubio = No
    Crist = Maybe

    I can't risk the economy, and the future of America on Maybe and voting in a No will grind the Senate to a halt. So You have to vote for Meeks if I want to have a functioning Senate.

    June 25, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Andrew

    Shove a cigar in it Bill.

    June 25, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "How about collecting those $5 for the poor families of Louisiana who are in need, loosing everything!!!!! Talk about out of touch with reality."

    Gotta love listening to conservatives talk nonsense like this. They complain bitterly and constantly aboutthe taxes we have to pay and what is done with the taxes we have paid and then donate their after-tax money to the RNC and gloat if/when CNN posts an article stating that the RNC raised more than the DNC some month or has more in the bank total. The sudden shift in focus here is disingenuous. Plain and simple. Nobody believes you care...it's just that you hate Clinton and the Dems/liberals and have now "said anything" in an attempt to criticize them.

    June 25, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Get A Grip

    Hey Bill....instead of asking people to fork over $5, why not let them keep that $5 dollars in their pocket and YOU AND HILLARY FORK OVER SEVERAL OF THOSE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS YOU TWO HAVE!

    June 25, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Dave

    Charley Crist has my vote. Meek has zero chance.

    June 25, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. ehwilson429

    why won't Clinton and his wife give something?

    why do they always insist that someone else pay their bills?
    get some money from Chelsea she works for a hedge fund.

    June 25, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "The American people have witnessed all the damge you have done since 2006 in the Congress and over the last 1.5 years with Obozo at the helm."

    Really? Since 2006? Yo umean when they took over and could do absolutely nothing and get absolutely nothing done because the GOP set records for fillibusters and Bush set records for number of vetoes? The only realistic claim you can make to justify claiming that things ot worse because the Dems took Congress in 2006 is to admit that the GOP reaction to the Dems having control was to break Congress, let nothing happen, and it was nothing getting done that allowed everything to get worse and collapse...i.e., it was still the GOP's fault, so suck it up and take off the tinfoil hat.

    June 25, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. kelly

    The money raised from this should go to Charlie Crist the other Democrat in the race.

    June 25, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Jane

    Next thing is Bill will be standing on a street corner with a piece of carboard in his hand looing for dollars. I think it is sickening that a Former President is hawking for dollars. All the crap going on and people loosing their jobs, livelyhood (gulf states), etc and he has the stones to beg for money for a democratic candidate. Guess the hollywood crowd with their mega dollars aren't parting with their money like they did back in the day to support.

    June 25, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Anybody but that Tea Klux Klan puppet Rubio. Crist and the few remaining "moderates" in the party are being purged in favor of the Neo-Confederate lunatics that are against Civil Rights, Social Security, Medicare, and Green Energy. People are finally wising-up to just how wacked and insane the far right agenda is.

    June 25, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Isabella

    Take money out of politics and we might get better men and women running for office.
    It is obscene how much money is raised and spent by politicians during campaigns .

    June 25, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Edward

    things must look pretty bad for the Dems to send Clinton out to beg for donations.

    June 25, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Lib Hunter

    thank god rubio is going to win. only a complete moron would vote for crist, and as for meek, bwahahahahaha!!!!

    June 25, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Karen

    I say everyone donate to a fund for the people of the Gulf Coast! Their way of life has been destroyed and continues to get worse every day. Mr. Clinton there are times when we need to put politics aside. I am totally surprised that you have not lent your support to the worthy cause of the Gulf Coast!

    June 25, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. gt

    $5.00 for the guy in south carolina too

    June 25, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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