October 7th, 2010
10:10 AM ET
12 years ago

Crist: I can 'crash that Tea Party'

(CNN) - It was the Republican candidate for Senate in Florida that received frontrunner treatment at a debate Wednesday night.

Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio was attacked by the two other candidates running for Senate, Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Crist tried to differentiate himself from Rubio who has received support from members of the Tea Party movement.

"It's abundantly clear that there's an extreme right faction in the Republican Party," Crist said. "I'm the only candidate that can both win in November and crash that tea party in Washington."

Meek also said Rubio's platform shows he has a "right wing ideology."

"You want to take us back to Dick Cheney days," Meek said.

Rubio responded to the attacks and tried to draw similarities between his opponents.

"If you like Obamacare, if you like the stimulus plan, you can vote for Charlie Crist or Kendrick Meek. I'm probably not your candidate," Rubio said.

In the latest CNN/Time/Opinion Research survey Marco Rubio led among likely voters with 42 percent. Thirty one percent supported Crist and 23 percent said they would support Meek. The survey's sampling error was 2.5 percentage points.

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Eric

    Charlie Crist is so far underwater at this point, they're going to have to snake him an oxygen hose.

    October 7, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. America Shrugged

    How a state known for drawing the Senior citizen / retiree crowd would vote for a candidate who's party platform is to dismantle SS and Medicare is beyond me. I guess they don't care about us inbetweeners who have been paying into the system for 33 yrs and have another 20+ yrs to go. Is this a " Ive got mine, you fend for yourself in 20 yrs " moment? Shame on them.

    October 7, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. ddr

    Marco, you could could have saved a lot of time and just said that last line. "I'm not your candidate" and would have nailed it on the head!!

    October 7, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Dean

    Well stated by Rubio. You can tell what a man stands for by what he stands against.

    Vote Republican...now and always.

    October 7, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. jenn, philadelphia

    Of course he can crash the tea party. That's why he had to run as an independent, because he was so assured he'd win the primary.

    October 7, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. katiec

    Although a Democrat, I like Crist. Have nothing against Meeks but do not know that much about him.
    The fact that the republicans threw Crist to the wolves and that the tea party supports Rubio makes one
    think Crist is the most credible of the two.
    From what I understand Crist did a good job as governor but evidently was not as radical right as his party wanted.

    October 7, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "It's abundantly clear that there's an extreme right fraction in the Republican Party," Crist said.

    It's abundantly clear that Crist, along with a lot of other people, don't understand that the Tea Parties aren't, generally speaking, to the "right" of the GOP. They're to the right fiscally, but they reject the Big Government philosophies of both major parties, and where they are on so-called "social issues" is all over the lot.

    October 7, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Chad from Tampa

    Rubio won that debate hands down. Crist has changed his positions so much I don't know where he stands on anything. Meek is irrevelant.

    October 7, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. vic, Nashville TN

    Tea party candidates
    1) reduce the minimum wage so we lose our jobs to Illegal, so we can’t offer our health care
    2) they will implement to many restrictions who can work in public school so again we lose our jobs
    3) they will privatize social security and VA care half of the jobs will export so we lose our jobs
    We need to crate jobs

    October 7, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Haren

    We american does not have patiences, it will take more than 18 months to correct the problem created by republican for last 20 years.
    Government is not problem but guy like Glen beck who uses all good thing which govt, did for him when he wake up to go to sleep is nothing but ungreatful and Hippocrate.
    From break fast,lunch,dinner (good healthy) to clean air which he breath,clean water which he drink, to social security,medicare,pension,unemployment, transportation,police,fire fighter, school, energy all are provided to him by government.
    Just think about it if Social security and medicare managed by private co. with more than 5%admistrative cost and 30% profit.

    If righty on this blog does not know than please educate your self.
    it cost only less than .80% to run social security and medicare.

    October 7, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Dennis

    Crist is the one who is going to crash. Rubio wins this one going away.

    October 7, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Big NSX

    Meek should join Crist or the other way around to make sure this Rubio clown does not get into office and push Florida backwards.

    October 7, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. sharon

    Tea Party movement is racist and evil
    . Check-out you tube "Tea Party movement racist." They claim they are not, but check-out the poster they carrying. They are teaching hate, hate crime and is destroying the America. America is not a Christian Nation. We are Nation of many Beliefs. We are Jew, Catholics, Buddist, Baptist, Muslims, etc..etc..You state you want to take the Nation back. Back from whom??? WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE NATION. We have ALL come to this country by boat. Some for freedom, escape from persecution & brought brought here for slavery. This Nation will never come together as one aslong as HATE & RACIST is alive.

    October 7, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. tess

    christ is an opportunist and floridians should kick him to the curb! he has shown his true colors and they are NOT RED, WHITE & BLUE – they are GREEN with envy that he actually lost to rubio! character shows itself in the way losers react and his reaction was small, petty and self-serving –

    October 7, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    Dang – I missed this (football game) but I hope either Crist and/or Meek proved their position better than Rubio!!!

    October 7, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. stufthis

    For what it is worth, Meek kicked butt last night. Both Crist and Rubio said they would eliminate health reform. In the republican 'plague on America' they want to repeal health reform and put the alleged socialist parts back in. We already have a good (not the best, but a hell of a good start) plan that is being phased in now, and if anyone trusts a lying republican, they are not too bright. I will vote for Meek, as he cares about the real Floridians who are not millionaires.

    October 7, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Bob in PA

    Anyone as power hungry as Crist needs to be removed from public service.

    October 7, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. barry

    The only thing Crist can bring down is Kendrick Meek. President Obama sold Kendrick out in hopes the turn coat Crist would win and support his policies. Crist eliminates any chance for Meek. Another under handed Sestak deal from the Administration.

    October 7, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    I hope Crist can crash the "Teas" because a Rubio win will hurt Florida. I keep asking the same question:

    American what have the Republican-Teas done for America lately? Answer with specifics.

    October 7, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Florida will be sorry if they send Rubio to Washington, they will have "NO" respresentation.

    October 7, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |


    October 7, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |