(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will campaign with Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek in Orlando on Monday night, just days after controversial reports that Clinton asked Meek to withdraw from the race and throw his support behind independent Senate candidate, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
Clinton said that he spoke with Meek twice regarding the possibility of leaving the race, but that he had not asked him to do so.
"He was trying to determine what was the best thing for him to do," Clinton said in an interview with CNN's Susan Candiotti on Thursday. "I knew it was being discussed, people had discussed it on and off. It was no secret."
Meek told CNN Friday that Clinton had never approached him about exiting the race, but said Crist had been the one to broach the subject.
"Gov. Crist talked to me about getting out of the race. I recommend to the governor that he should consider getting out of the race." Meek said.
Crist said Thursday on Fox News that said he spoke with Meek and "several people" at the White House, as well as Clinton counselor Doug Band, about having Meek step out of the race.
–CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report