September 7th, 2010
11:34 AM ET
4 years ago

Meek teaming up with Bill Clinton again

 Former President Bill Clinton will stump for Florida Senate candidate Kendrick Meek on Tuesday.
Former President Bill Clinton will stump for Florida Senate candidate Kendrick Meek on Tuesday.

(CNN) - The Democratic Senate nominee in Florida's making a quick trip to New York City Tuesday afternoon to team up with Bill Clinton.

Rep. Kendrick Meek will appear with the former president at a fundraiser to raise cash for his bid for the Senate.

This is the ninth time Clinton has helped out Meek. The former president joined the four-term congressman and former Florida state trooper at three campaign events in the Sunshine state just prior to the August 24 primary. Meek beat billionaire real estate Jeff Greene by 26 points in the primary in what had been a bitter intra-party battle.

Clinton has also served as the main attraction for Meek at five fundraisers over the past year.

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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Florida • Kendrick Meek
September 3rd, 2010
02:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Senior Florida Democrat bucks party, endorses Crist

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist received a surprising endorsement on Thursday.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist received a surprising endorsement on Thursday.

(CNN) – The highest ranking Democrat in Florida's state Senate on Thursday endorsed Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

In doing so, Florida state Senate Democratic Leader Al Lawson passed on an opportunity to endorse fellow Democrat, Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Lawson, known as the "Dean of the Legislature" for his tenure as the longest serving member of Florida's state Senate, is the only African-American state senator from North Florida; Meek is Florida's first ever African-American U.S. Senate nominee.

"Florida desperately needs an independent senator in Washington who will fight for good jobs and economic opportunity, a quality education for every child, and Social Security for all of our seniors regardless of what the political party bosses want," Lawson said in a statement. "Charlie Crist will be exactly that Senator, and I am proud to endorse his candidacy."

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Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek
August 29th, 2010
11:35 AM ET
4 years ago

FL Senate candidates support homebuyer tax credit revival

 Both Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek said Sunday that they support the revival of an $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit.
Both Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek said Sunday that they support the revival of an $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit.

(CNN) – Two of the three candidates running for U.S. Senate in Florida said Sunday that they support the revival of an $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit, but the Obama administration’s housing chief said “it’s too early to say” whether it will be offered again.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan left the door open to extending the tax credit but said that the White House will be "focused like a laser" on stabilizing the housing market.

“All I can tell you is that we are watching [the housing market] very carefully,” Donovan said. “[…] we're going to do everything we can to make sure that this market stabilizes and recovers."

Republican-turned-independent Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said reviving the tax credit “would be a great lift” that “would stimulate the economy, it would increase home sales in Florida.”

Watch this portion of Ed Henry's interview with Crist, after the jump:
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Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • issues • Kendrick Meek • Shaun Donovan • State of the Union • Taxes
August 24th, 2010
10:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Meek thanks Obama, Clinton

Hollywood, Florida (CNN) – Rep. Kendrick Meek, giving his victory speech after winning Florida's Democratic Senate nomination, thanked President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

After numerous stories that Obama wasn't doing enough to help Meek's bid for his party's nomination, White House officials recently stressed that the president was firmly supportive of Meek. Obama appeared with the candidate last week, giving Meek a hug upon arriving in Florida for a Democratic party fundraiser. Meek also spoke at the fundraiser.

And Clinton headlined three Meek rallies last week. The former president had already served as the main attraction at several fundraising events for Meek and penned fundraising e-mails for the candidate.

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Filed under: 2010 • Kendrick Meek • President Clinton • President Obama
August 24th, 2010
09:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Meek thanks supporters in e-mail

Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek thanked his supporters in an e-mail Tuesday after securing the Democratic nomination for Senate.
Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek thanked his supporters in an e-mail Tuesday after securing the Democratic nomination for Senate.

Hollywood, Florida (CNN) - Rep. Kendrick Meek hasn't even given his victory speech yet, but he's already reaching out to supporters.

Meek, who according to a CNN projection has won the Democratic Senate nomination in Florida, moments ago sent out a thank you to people on his campaign's email distribution list:

"We did it! I am about to step on the stage at our rally here in Miami, but I wanted to send you a quick note of thanks before I do.

All of our hard work paid off – I am officially the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate.
I am 100 percent certain that we couldn't have gotten here without your dedication and support. The pundits thought this seat could be bought. Our critics wrote us off. But, together, you and I proved them wrong. We defied the odds.

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Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Kendrick Meek
August 23rd, 2010
09:39 AM ET
4 years ago

Meek, McCollum lead in Florida, but many voters remain undecided

Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek has a ten point lead over Jeff Greene.
Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek has a ten point lead over Jeff Greene.

Washington (CNN) - Only one day of campaigning remains before Florida primary voters go to the polls, and with time running out a new poll reveals that massive numbers of voters remain undecided even after months of tough politicking.

Rep. Kendrick Meek holds a 39 percent to 29 percent lead over billionaire Jeff Greene in the Democratic Senate primary, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning. But 28 percent of likely Democratic voters say they are undecided in this contest.

In the marquee Republican match-up, Attorney General Bill McCollum holds a 39 percent to 35 percent lead over health care executive Rick Scott in the Republican gubernatorial primary. In that race, 22 percent of GOP voters say they have yet to choose a candidate.

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Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek
August 19th, 2010
08:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Crist maintains lead in Florida

 Crist is ahead in Florida.
Crist is ahead in Florida.

(CNN) – A new poll in Florida suggests Gov. Charlie Crist is maintaining his lead over Republican Marco Rubio and either Democratic candidate in the battle for that state’s Senate seat less than three months before Election Day.

The Quinnipiac University survey shows Crist, who is running as an independent, leading Rubio by a 39-32 percent margin. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is currently in a primary contest with businessman Jeff Greene for the Democratic nomination, registers 16 percent in the poll.

If Greene should prevail in the Democratic primary, he wins 15 percent of support in a general election matchup with Crist at 40 percent and Rubio at 32 percent, the poll shows.

Listen as CNN's Dick Uliano and Senior Political Editor Mark Preston discuss why Republicans are spending a fortune on a Florida Senate race.


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Filed under: Charlie Crist • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio
August 18th, 2010
09:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Poll: McCollum, Meek retake leads in Florida

 Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek has retaken the lead in the Sunshine State’s Democratic Senate primary.
Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek has retaken the lead in the Sunshine State’s Democratic Senate primary.

(CNN) – The two political veterans in Florida's closely-watched primaries have each regained the lead in their respective races, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum has retaken the lead from former insurance industry executive Rick Scott in the battle for the GOP nomination for governor. McCollum holds a 44 to 35 percent lead over Scott, who held an 11-point lead in the same poll just three weeks ago.

Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek has also regained the lead in the Democratic primary over rival Jeff Greene in the Sunshine State's Senate race, holding a 35-28 percent lead. Greene held a 10-point lead in the most recent Quinnipiac poll.

Each race remains extremely fluid however: Almost 20 percent of Republican voters are still undecided and 32 percent of the respondents who named a candidate said they could change their mind.

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Filed under: 2010 • Bill McCollum • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek • Polls • Rick Scott
August 16th, 2010
06:52 PM ET
4 years ago

Star Jones hits the phones for Jeff Greene

 Star Jones, formerly a host on the daytime talk show 'The View,' recorded a robocall for Florida Democratic candidate Jeff Greene.
Star Jones, formerly a host on the daytime talk show 'The View,' recorded a robocall for Florida Democratic candidate Jeff Greene.

(CNN ) – While former President Bill Clinton is in Florida campaigning for Rep.Kendrick Meek, Meek's opponent in the state's Democratic Senate primary, billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene, is getting help from another big name.

Lawyer and television personality Star Jones–formerly a host on the daytime talk show, "The View"–recorded a robocall for Greene that's going out to Florida households starting Monday.

"My friend Jeff Greene is unbeholden to any special interest group, corporate entity or government lobbyist," Jones says in the call. "And as an attorney that means something to me."

Listen to the call after the jump:
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Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek • Star Jones
August 16th, 2010
08:22 AM ET
4 years ago

Bill Clinton stumping for Kendrick Meek

 Former President Bill Clinton hits the campaign trail Monday for Rep. Kendrick Meek who is running for Florida's Democratic Senate nomination.
Former President Bill Clinton hits the campaign trail Monday for Rep. Kendrick Meek who is running for Florida's Democratic Senate nomination.

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton hits the campaign trail Monday with three rallies for Rep. Kendrick Meek as the latter makes a bid for Florida's Democratic Senate nomination.

Last month, CNN learned that President Barack Obama's aides were putting together an aggressive schedule to deploy Clinton at campaign and fundraising events in key states around the country in the weeks ahead.

According to Democratic officials familiar with the plans, the White House specifically wants to use Clinton in key swing states where Obama is not particularly popular, such as Arkansas and Kentucky.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Kendrick Meek
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