(CNN) - Rep. Kendrick Meek, the Florida Democratic Senate nominee, sounded defiant on Friday when he called his Republican-turned-Independent opponent, Gov. Charlie Crist, "sad," and his Republican opponent Marco Rubio, "extreme."
"What has to happen in the days forward is that we share with Floridians the extreme views of Marco Rubio," Meek said in an interview with CNN Situation Room Anchor Wolf Blitzer. "We're going to get down to the nitty gritty on who Marco Rubio is. Marco Rubio got his birth from a very extreme group of individuals."
In an interview that aired on the Situation Room, Meek said he is the only candidate who will be able to beat Rubio in the November election because he is the only candidate who had to fight for votes.
"Charlie Crist, all he did was walk down to the supervisor of elections office, became an Independent out of convenience versus conviction," Meek said.
Crist laid out a similar strategy for the last leg of the campaign season.
At a meeting with the Palm Beach Post's editorial board Friday morning, Crist referred to Rubio as a "radical" conservative, calling himself the "reasonable alternative" to his Republican opponent.
Crist also said he would have run as an Independent even if he had been leading in the Republican primary by 20 points.
The latest CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation Poll taken September 24 -28 of likely voters has Rubio with 42 percent, Crist with 31 percent and Meek with 23 percent.