October 28th, 2010
09:55 PM ET
12 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.

He also addressed Gov. Crist’s comments earlier in the night that Meek was asked to step aside.

“He’s trying to push Democratic votes in his direction,” Meek said. “He wants to climb on my back to get those votes.”

Meek ended the conference saying, “If there was a conversation between Bill Clinton and I, we’re the only two people that can say how that conversation went.”

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Kendrick Meek
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. kkehoe

    why does the former president keep this up? campaign and move on

    October 28, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. james

    Kendrick youre not going to come close to winning, you would have the gratitude of your party if you played a role to keep Rubio out. You may not like Crist..but really.

    October 28, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  3. D

    The Democrates need to change the party name to "Dorkocrates" then maybe somebody will respect them!

    October 28, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  4. Ronald Raygun

    I thought it was turn on tune in and drop out? gotta love Bill Clinton he makes me want to do all three,,,,

    October 28, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. Danny Cali

    Mr. Meek you not going to win this time so let dropping out and let Gov. Crist in maybe Democrat have better chance to win.

    October 28, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. Peter s

    The best thing you can do before you embarrass all democrats including yourself is to drop out of the race!!

    October 28, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  7. swin5, Pittsburgh, PA

    Remember how Obama/Clinton tried to bribe Joe Sestak to drop out of the Pennsylvania senatorial race? And when Sestak, not known as an intellectual heavyweight, was told that he was accusing the president of an impeachable offense,he suddenly changed his story to that of only being offered an advisory position. Yeah, right. Do y'all see a pattern here? Ever since the health care bill, it seems these democrats will do anything dishonest to maintain their power. And, oh yes, let's not forget the democratic senatorial candidate in Florida cheating during the debate this week.

    October 28, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  8. BPstinks

    Republican smear campaign at it's best, huh?

    October 28, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  9. gmh

    That folks is just how politics is played. It's just politics.........I like Mr. Meek.........He would make an excellant Senator. Try again Mr. Meeks.....

    October 28, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. FstEti

    (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.” THAT'S NOT WHAT HE SAID! Watch the video. At no time does he say that Clinton and he did not discuss him bowing out. He is alluding to what he affirms later in the video, that he is not dropping out, not that Clinton and he discussed it. I just saw Charlie Crist interviewed by Greta on fOX and he said that he, Meeks, Clinton, AND people in the White House had discussed this and that Meeks had agreed but changed his mind. Interesting that whoever wrote the article above took the license to assume that the discussion with Clinton didn't happen. One would assume that if the White House was involved, it wasn't done without the okay from the President. This revelation comes on the heels of the latest Rasmussen Poll saying that of the votes already cast in Washington, Senator Murray is behind Rossi by 2% and Rossi is ahead by 1% which would explain taking the risk of a public opinion being against dropping a Black candidate for a White one (Crist). Interesting. I wonder what the reaction would be if this was a Republican candidate?

    October 28, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. Michael K.

    This is completely unsatisfactory. Crist has confirmed the story, and that he spoke with the White House about it. This stinks. Clinton involved in more sleazy goings-on, that also involve the White House. These people demean their offices (and former office). The sleazy vote-buying in the health care debate (Nebraska, Louisiana, Fla., etc., PLUS the unions), the Sestak situation in PA and this.... I have lost any hope for these corrupt and corrupting people. "Hope" is gone; "Change" is to cashier out any semblance of propriety. At this point the Republicans deserve every vote (that hasn't been bought. This is sickening!

    October 28, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  12. Snow

    He admitted earlier that clinton had talked to him and he had agreed to drop out and support crist but later changed his mind. crist comfirmed this on cable news tonight and said he had talked with the white house and he had their support because they knew he would vote with the democrats. I watched crist make this statement on cable news.

    October 28, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  13. Josh

    Was that Suge Knight behind him?

    October 28, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  14. normajean

    Mr. Meek is a young man with plenty of time to run for office, but this time he is not showing the votes for a win. Perhaps he would be wise to align himself with Mr,Crist, gain some publicity and let voters know who he is. and what he stands for. This way the votes are not lost and he will come back stronger at a later date. This way the Repubs will not get the win.It takes a winner to know when to wait until the time is right.!!!!

    October 28, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  15. slavedriver

    I like the character Mr Meeks shows. Too bad other candidates zround the country cannot figure out what integrity means.

    October 28, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  16. james

    It wouldn't matter anyway. At this point, if you're polling 15 percent it's a hardcore 15 percent. None of them would switch to Crist even if they were asked to switch.

    October 29, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  17. NameAmericanstorm

    Crist is desperate and apparently dishonest

    October 29, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  18. Islander

    This is a guy who is soooooo sorry his family ever became 'friends' of Bill Clinton's, to the point of..... "If this is a 'friend' I'd hate to have enemies."

    Isn't it so sad that even 'leaders' sell out to 'an agenda'.

    Shame on you Bill. Watch the landslide results of your disgraceful behaviour Tuesday night.

    October 29, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  19. George of the jungle

    good for you vote the repos out.

    October 29, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  20. CBR

    I believe we should listen to Mr. Meek. Why is that people think that they can cause trouble by assuming that what the newslinks say or write about is truthful.

    Mr. Meek is the Democratic nominee and it would be nice if the Democrats in Florida would back him. If they believe that things will be better with a Republican majority then they should think about it again. How were things going for you 24 months ago? Were you concerned about the economy then? Did we need to call candidates back to Washington to discuss and vote on a procedure to help with the fiscal problems?

    It took years to get into this mess and it will takek time to get out of it.

    October 29, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  21. XWngLady

    Well Meek, you need to make up your mind already....If you're going to do it, please do it now, so that people have some time to digest it before Tuesday. Thank you....If you do, you still ran a respectable race given that you had a tea bagger riding the waves of fear and hate and a power-hungry camera loving flip-flopper to deal with. Best wishes.

    October 29, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  22. Omar

    Dems are going to lose at election day anyways.

    October 29, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  23. ArizonaYankee

    Yeah, and remember "I didn't have sex with that woman" Right Bill. You and Obama are a sick pair of liars.....

    October 29, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  24. Janie

    When it comes to politics, there's only one person I believe and that's President Obama.

    October 29, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  25. Cindy

    Poor guy.

    Do the right thing for Florida, Mr. Meek. Is it Rubio, or Crist? It's your decision.

    October 29, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
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