September 7th, 2010
11:34 AM ET
4 years ago

Meek teaming up with Bill Clinton again

 Former President Bill Clinton will stump for Florida Senate candidate Kendrick Meek on Tuesday.
Former President Bill Clinton will stump for Florida Senate candidate Kendrick Meek on Tuesday.

(CNN) - The Democratic Senate nominee in Florida's making a quick trip to New York City Tuesday afternoon to team up with Bill Clinton.

Rep. Kendrick Meek will appear with the former president at a fundraiser to raise cash for his bid for the Senate.

This is the ninth time Clinton has helped out Meek. The former president joined the four-term congressman and former Florida state trooper at three campaign events in the Sunshine state just prior to the August 24 primary. Meek beat billionaire real estate Jeff Greene by 26 points in the primary in what had been a bitter intra-party battle.

Clinton has also served as the main attraction for Meek at five fundraisers over the past year.

The pair's relationship stretches back nearly two decades. Meek also backed Sen. Hillary Clinton's bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, and Clinton has actively helped out candidates who supported his wife's bid for the White House.

A Democratic source tells CNN that the amount of campaign cash raised at Tuesday's event at a New York City hotel is expected to be in the six figures range.

Meek will face off in the November 2 election against former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, the GOP Senate nominee, and Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who gave up his bid for the GOP nomination and is now running as an independent candidate. Recent polls indicate that Meek is a distant third in the three way race for Senate.

Meek is also third when it comes to money in the bank. As of August 4, Crist's campaign had just over $8 million cash on hand, with Rubio with nearly $4.5 million in the bank, and Meek at just over $2.5 million.

The winner will succeed GOP Sen. George LeMieux, who was named to replace fellow Republican Mel Martinez, who stepped down from his seat last year.

–CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Florida • Kendrick Meek
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    Maybe Bill can get my job back from India he was so happy to sell them, with the help of Newts "Contract on America".If we all promise to take 50 cent an hour in pay,im sure they will come back.

    September 7, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. A Former Democratic Army Veteran

    ATTN: REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. You want to solve the economic woes of us Americans and do the rest of the world a favor. Get rid of the Muslin in the Oval Office. HE KNOWS NOT WHAT HE DOES. Put HILLARY in for President with her husband BILL as Vice President and both partys will benefit along with the whole world.

    September 7, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Bill

    Smart move on the part of Meek. All the sudden the elections are nearing and Democrats can't get far enough away from Obama. Also we don't hear a word spoken about the greatness of the healthcare bill on the campaign trail from Democrats – no surprise. They better run back to Clinton who had a clue. Obama, Pelosi and Reid have run the ship aground.

    September 7, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. gt

    what about south carolina green why not help both sen canidates ..

    September 7, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Marty, FL

    I respectfully disagree with President Clinton on this one.

    Governor Crist is the best candidate in FL. He would be Floridians' first Independent US Senator, who actually has a real chance to win.

    Go Crist!

    September 7, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    So.......as I read this, Meek is taking campaign money from donors outside of FL?

    That should not be legal. Period. Campaign donations should not be permitted outside the candidate's home area, and even corporate donations, should have to be funneled through a corporate facility in that home region.

    This amounts to campaign influence by outsiders, who will not be represented by the candidate. That should amount to illegal campaign funds.

    The citizens of FL, should be looking really hard at this......and evaluating whether this candidate is honorable enough to serve them..

    September 7, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Debbie

    I still want to know – who are these people the pollers are calling? I vote every election and I never get a call.

    September 7, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. What Are You Smoking, Wolf?

    The press .... Chris Matthews, Wolf Blitzer, some idiot on Fox ... keep talking about how influential Bill Clinton is ... how much "power" he has as a standard bearer of the Democrats.

    If he can deliver a win for Senator Blanche Lincoln, in his home state of Arkansa ... where he was GOVERNOR .... then maybe we can begin to talk about his influence.

    If he can deliver it for both Lincoln and Meeks in Florida ... then I'll buy all of the pronouncements of his popularity.

    Until then, the press is blowing smoke.

    September 7, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. yeah, right

    HAHAHAH....everytime I see this guy I can't help to think....'I did not have sex with that woman' and 'I smoked it, but didn't inhale it'

    September 7, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. water bearer

    "So.......as I read this, Meek is taking campaign money from donors outside of FL? That should not be legal. Period."

    Soooo should it be illegal when Republicans do it too? Or just when Democrats do it? Because, believe it or not, they ALL do it. Have you complained about it in the past? You know, when Republicans have taken contributions from the insurance industry, the oil industry, the financial industry . . . or is it just now, with this DEMOCRAT, that you've got your undies all in a twist about campaign finance reform??!!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. junglejim123

    Poor Meek... he has to have Clinton stage about 10 events for him just so he can raise money ...... Then if he gets elected Pelosi, Reid and Obama will tell him how to vote. Sory Kendrick you dont stand a chance......
    Charlie is a weasel who is out for himself

    Marco is a good solid family man with good values and he is against the Obama agenda...vote for him if you want to save this country from these radicals who apologize for America every chance they get. The same ones who call use vile names .... Vote against them...vote for Marco Rubio !!!!!

    September 7, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Joyce

    Having Bill Clinton out there rooting for others especially in Ohio would be a good decision for the democrats . The man has alot of influence and carries a worthwhile message , he can sell the achievements of the party

    September 7, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. SethC

    When is this man going away, my gosh he owes Monica an apology, although he cried and said he lied. So what is he still doing in politics, besides soothing his poor wife's quills. He is just a drain on society. Who cares what he thinks, besides from what Blair says we know what is on his mind!

    September 7, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Hugo

    Meek must have a hot looking wife or something...what other reason would Bill Clinton come try to prop him up. He has done NOTHING the entire tenure of his political career, but yes black Florida, he is for you, he will get you something for nothing! MEEK HAS NOT GOT A CHANCE!

    September 7, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    OMG Rick McDaniel – who is the TEA PARTY – lead by Ms. PA'IN in the neck – donating to??? They crossed the borders on BUSSES and are constantly interfering with races that DO NOT pertain to them!!

    GIVE ME A BREAK!!

    @A Former Democratic Army Veteran
    YOU are a sick man/woman!! The President is NOT a Muslim!!

    September 7, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    For this, if for no other reason, Meeks should be beaten.

    September 7, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |