October 29th, 2010
07:55 AM ET
5 years ago

Meek says Crist tried to talk him into quitting Senate bid

(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek said it was Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and not former President Bill Clinton who asked him to end his Senate bid in Florida.

Meek talked Friday about the issue during an interview with CNN's "American Morning."

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek
October 28th, 2010
10:27 PM ET
5 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
08:45 PM ET
5 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.

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio
October 26th, 2010
09:21 PM ET
5 years ago

Crist and Rubio sideshow.... Meek stands above the fray

(CNN) - It was 'Three's Company' in the final Florida Senate debate as Republican candidate Marco Rubio, Democratic candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek and independent candidate, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, met in Orlando one week before the election.

The dominant issues in the debate, which was moderated by NBC Meet the Press anchor David Gregory, were the housing crisis and a rousing conversation about the future of Social Security.

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio
October 24th, 2010
01:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Candidates gang up in Senate debate

Programming Note: Watch the Florida gubernatorial debate on CNN's John King, USA Monday night 7 p.m. ET

(CNN) - The three-way Florida Senate race seemed more of a two-sided contest Sunday as Republican front-runner Marco Rubio's opponents both targeted him in a debate on CNN's "State of the Union."

Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist both tried to portray Rubio as too rigidly conservative for Florida in the spirited hour-long debate.

Crist, who launched an independent campaign after losing the Republican primary to Rubio, said he would have left the Republican party even if he had won the primary.

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio • TV-State of the Union
October 24th, 2010
10:27 AM ET
October 24th, 2010
08:58 AM ET
5 years ago

LIVE BLOG from the Florida Senate debate

CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley co-hosts the CNN/St. Petersburg Times Senate debate on CNN this morning. We'll be live blogging throughout the hour RIGHT HERE.

Candidates in the race and on stage: Republican Marco Rubio, Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and independent Gov. Charlie Crist.

9:02a: Unemployment: Crist: "plenty of blame to go around."

9:03a: Support a second stimulus? Meek: stimulus was set to be the floor not a "silver bullet" in Florida.

9:04a: Meek: trust president's judgment in picking own economic team.

9:07a: Crist: we need tax cuts, we need to rein in government spending- recovery act included tax cuts... "people forget that."

Filed under: 2010 • Candy Crowley • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio • TV-State of the Union
October 20th, 2010
04:30 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN/Time Poll: Rubio increases lead in Florida Senate race

(CNN) - Marco Rubio is widening his lead in the battle for an open Senate seat in Florida, according to a new poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday also indicates that the state's gubernatorial battle is deadlocked.

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • CNN/Time poll • Florida • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio • Polls
October 19th, 2010
08:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Crist, Meek spar over use of 'Obamacare'

(CNN) - When independent Senate candidate Charlie Crist railed on health care reform legislation in a debate held Tuesday night, he didn't call it health care reform, he called it "Obamacare."

"I think that Obamacare was off the charts, was wrong," Crist said in a debate between the Sunshine State's three Senate candidates held at Nova Southeast University in Fort Lauderdale. "It taxed too much, has mandates that are probably unconstitutional and it's not the way to go."

"And it was rammed through," Crist added for good measure.

Moments later, the Democratic candidate, Rep. Kendrick Meek, saw an opening.

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • issues • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio
October 13th, 2010
03:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Another endorsement for Crist, but new poll shows he may need it

(CNN) - Independent Florida Senate candidate Charlie Crist scored an endorsement from a big Democratic name on Wednesday, as a new poll shows he needs all the help he can get.

Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, has thrown his family name behind Crist, who until earlier this year held elected office as a Republican.

Filed under: 2010 • Bobby Jindal • Charlie Crist • Florida • Marco Rubio
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