October 1st, 2010
06:16 PM ET
4 years ago

A fighting Meek

(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.


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Cocitizen

    Meek is a joke. I am a Democrat and the only thing Meek is accomplishing is helping Rubio get a elected. He should have stayed in the House of Reps if he wanted to contribute to Florida. He never had a chance from the beginning. From that standpoint he is no better than the Tea Party candidates that won GOP primaries. He has celebrated the only victory he is going to have this year. Thanks Kendrick!!

    October 1, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Proud Member of Global Zero

    I live in Florida. I have been calling and canvassing for Congressman Kendrick Meek. When people I talk to find out that LeMeiux, who was appointed by Crist has ruined every great bill that was passed this year, they are not voting for anyone but Kendrick Meek. I will be very proud to call him my Senator. I am out registering voters this weekend. They have to be turned in by Monday. Florida makes it hard for you to vote. "No Match No Vote" is a pain. I had to get certified by the state of Florida to register voters like I did in 2008. I can't wait until our Vice President swears him in.

    October 1, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. jim

    Negative personel attacks straight from the dems playbook !!!!!

    October 1, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Meek should just go ahead a drop-out to get Crist the victory. Sorry to say otherwise the Dem's have no chance to beat both Crist and Rubi.

    October 1, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    He is right. It is really scarey the nut jobs running for office. So get out and Vote. The repos keep saying hey are winning all these seats so all you democrats need to go vote in November . Let's surprize them No going backwards.

    October 1, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    I truly hope Meek wins – but it looks Bleak for Meek and this will cost us and allow an EXTREME to win FL!!! I hope both Crist and Meek think about this and somehow join forces!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 1, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. ED FL

    Meek better get in toThe Miami/Rubio territory and remind them that Rubio in addition to stealing thousands of GOP money for personal reasons and foreclosed secret home in Tallahassee he also wants the Arizona law which would make 2/3 of Miami's Cuban population illegal in addition to the GOP mantra to cut /change social security and medicare which are responsible for the Cubans in Miami that survive on those programs. Rubio and the Cubans in Miami thrived on all those benefits and received their lifestyle and medical and educational benefits and now he wants to do away with them.Go get them Kendrick.DO it loud and clear in DADE county and Rubio will dissappear.That is his voting Block!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 1, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. roy

    Theres a strong wind blowing across YOUR country.....Tossing out liberal tax and spend Reps!!!!!!!!!!

    October 1, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  9. ddt

    I do believe Wolf is a republican. He hates the president "Baraka Obama" He uses his Idiot Jack to insult the presidend because I know for sure that idiot Jack hates the president and black people

    October 1, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  10. barry

    Barack Obama screwed Kendrick Meeks. The administration really wanted the turn coat traitor Charlie Crist.h

    October 1, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  11. S. C. C.

    I am a supporter of Kendrick Meek why-
    He has always been a Democrat alike Crist
    He has worked diligently for the people of Florida unlike Rubio -
    As he had said he only represents Republicans not Democrats
    He is a Floridian

    October 1, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  12. George of the jungle

    you go Meeks let every one know what a good job the dems have done. You have accomplished at lot but the repos keep covering it up. Health care,lower taxes one war stopped better benefits for the vetrans stock market up. stimulis working. we can get through this if we don't let the repos back in office.

    October 2, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  13. Pat

    Shocking. Another Democrat trying to label a Republican as extreme. Since this is about the 100th time I've heard this on races across the country I can't help but think this is the Dems only option. All there policies have failed and now all they can do is resort to negative attacks since they have no record to run on. And everyone wonders why the country is so divided. You can't disagree with anyone anymore without being labeled extreme. How sad.

    October 2, 2010 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  14. Vote Democrats or Bend Over for the Tea PartyGOP!

    Go Meeks!! Ok folks, the next big cable craze will be this "Sharia law" Newt started it and Sarah Palin will tweet it and cable news will go crazy. It's all about timing. So, please media see what happening at groud zero beacuse the rightwing has been pushing this story for about two weeks. Don't be a follower, be the leader.

    October 2, 2010 05:39 am at 5:39 am |