October 28th, 2010
10:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Clinton to CNN: I spoke with Meek twice

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton says he talked to Rep. Kendrick Meek about ending his bid for Senate twice, but that he never discussed the issue with the White House.

“He was trying to determine what was the best thing for him to do,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Susan Candiotti Thursday. “I knew it was being discussed, people had discussed it on and off… it was no secret.”

Clinton said Meek did not have enough money to break through in the polls.
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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Florida • Kendrick Meek
October 28th, 2010
10:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Crist says White House was involved

(CNN) - In an appearance on Fox news Thursday night Republican-turned-independent Senate candidate, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said he spoke with Rep. Kendrick Meek and "several people" at the White House about having Meek step out of the race.

Crist would not specify to whom he spoke at the White House, but he did say he spoke to Meek about the possible shift and that Meek was "considering it."

Crist confirmed that he spoke with Doug Band, a counselor to former President Clinton, who Crist said acted as an intermediary, relaying information about whether or not Meek would end his Senate bid.


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek
October 28th, 2010
09:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Meek speaks: reports are 'inaccurate at best'

(CNN) - At a press conference Thursday night Democratic Senate nominee Rep. Kendrick Meek called press reports that he was asked to drop out of the race “inaccurate at best.”

“Any rumor or any statement that I decided to get out of his race is inaccurate at best,” Meek said.

Meek said neither former President Clinton nor the Democratic National Committee called him to say he should get out of the race.
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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Kendrick Meek
October 28th, 2010
09:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Meek says rumors of deal with Clinton 'absolutely not true'

(CNN) – Rep. Kendrick Meek said it is "absolutely not true" that he ever agreed to any kind of deal with former President Bill Clinton to drop out of the Florida Senate race, in an interview shortly before 9 p.m. ET Thursday with CNN contributor Roland S. Martin.

"The president came down to do an event for me in Orlando and St. Petersburg. We talk politics all the time. He said I heard this thing about you getting out. I said, 'I'm not getting out.' I said Charlie Crist needs to get out of the race. And that was that," Meek said.
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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Kendrick Meek
October 28th, 2010
08:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Clinton asked Meek to drop out

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton last week tried to persuade Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek to drop out of the three-way contest, according to a report by Politico that was confirmed by CNN.

A senior Democratic official told CNN that the White House was aware of Clinton’s negotiations, and that Democrats believed the move would prevent Republican candidate Marco Rubio from winning the Florida Senate seat.

As part of the deal, Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist would then caucus with Democrats in the Senate. Meek was considering the option until two days ago, but the deal eventually fell apart, according to the source.
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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio
October 28th, 2010
08:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Halloween, Alaska style

(CNN) - The witching hour has come early in Alaska, in the form of a Halloween web video by Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller.

Miller won the GOP primary earlier this year against incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski who is now running as an independent write-in candidate.

"My opponent is not a witch, but she sure has conjured up some pretty crazy votes in D.C.," Miller says at the beginning of the ad, a reference to Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell saying over a decade ago that she "dabbled in witchcraft."
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Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • Joe Miller • Lisa Murkowski
October 28th, 2010
08:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Nevada Senate candidates trade barbs over Social Security

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – Nevada's two Senate candidates traded barbs Thursday over Social Security amid a new report about comments Republican nominee Sharron Angle once made about federal social programs.

"Isn't it us that should be caring in our community" for those that the Lord believes need help - Angle says in an audiotape posted on the website viddler.com and earlier reported by Politico - those who are "the least among you?"

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • issues • Nevada • Sharron Angle
October 28th, 2010
06:10 PM ET
3 years ago

A shift in Obama's same-sex marriage vow?

Washington (CNN) –There may be some wiggle room in President Obama's unwavering opposition to same-sex marriage. Speaking to a group of liberal bloggers Wednesday the President said that "attitudes evolve, including mine."

It appeared to be a departure from his stance of supporting civil unions only but not same-sex marriage.
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Filed under: President Obama
October 28th, 2010
06:09 PM ET
3 years ago

GOP leader to campaign for O'Donnell

(CNN) - Lamar Alexander, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, will make a campaign appearance Friday in Delaware with GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, CNN has learned.

The Tennessee senator is the first member of the Senate Republican leadership to appear with O'Donnell, according to an Alexander aide.

O'Donnell stunned and disappointed the GOP establishment when she beat Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican primary. Castle was considered a sure winner in the general election, but O'Donnell now trails her Democratic opponent Chris Coons by double digits.
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Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Lamar Alexander
October 28th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Hollywood celebs and a former White House staffer produce viral video

Seventeen celebrities have joined together with comedy site Funny or Die to encourage the age demographic that most watches viral videos to go out and vote on Election Day.The stars include former Obama White House staffer Kal Penn, Aziz Ansari, Donald Glover, Alyssa Milano and Criss Angel.

The video, which was released on Thursday and is titled "10 minutes," tells Americans voting is easy and only takes 10 minutes.

"It was a bi-partisan effort to get out the vote because so many people in our audience of young people are apathetic about the mid-term elections," Mike Farah, Funny Or Die's president of production, told CNN.


Filed under: 2010
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