October 30th, 2010
02:58 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton to stump for Meek

(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

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Florida • Kendrick Meek
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. S Achele

    I am a Democrat and I am truly disappointed that Meek did not do the right thing and get out of a race he cannot win & support Crist ,who could have beaten Rubio! It's a big deal, this senate seat in Florida , may be the decider as to which party rules the Senate! It may be politics that President Clinton is going to stump for Meek , or CYA , but it is
    an embarrassment for the Democrats & he is wasting his time Meek has lost! I will vote for Governor Crist in the
    hope that there are some Democrats in Florida , who share my view ,that we do not want a Tea Party senator
    representing Floridian Democrats in Washington!!

    October 30, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. CBR

    Kendrick Meek deserves an award for remaining on track during the campaign in Florida. He sticks to the issues and is running a good campaign. In a few monthsI think Floridians will realize that the best man did not win. We will be back into partisanship and a loss of some important programs that will be dismantled in the name of balancing the budget.

    October 30, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Tam

    What happened to decency and intelligence?

    October 30, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. KK

    S Achele...This is why the country is 'teaching' the DNC a 'lesson'....We need truth and honesty, NOT back door dealings...
    Have a Wonderful Voting....

    October 30, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. willie flpyd

    S Achele, I totally agree with you. I am not a Floridian, but this affects our entire country. Meeks' actions tell me he is putting his political career above the good of the country. Clinton should certainly be somewhere where the race is closer and he might be of help.

    October 30, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. astro24102

    Bill is just making up for the embarrassment that he caused the democratic party. Tooo little and too late! I applaud Mr. Meek for not quiting even though the democratic establishment deserted him. No wonder the dems are going to get obliterated on tuesday. Bill knows that he is going to need Florida's support to get Hillary into the whitehouse.

    October 30, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Fed Up

    I guess Clinton messed with the wrong candidate. Was there an outcry?

    October 30, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. db

    That should drive the final nail in his coffin.

    October 30, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Outsource Me

    Yes just give it up Meek. It makes no sense for you to run with only 15% showing in the polls.

    October 30, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. Rick in OP

    I live in Florida. Less four months ago Charlie Crist said he was a Republican. Now he says he is an "Independent". He has flip-flopped on every issue to the point where nobody is sure of what his position is on any issue is today. I seriously doubt if he knows what his position on any particular issue will be tomorrow.
    Democrats are considering voting for Crist instead of Meek in the hope that if Crist wins he will caucus with the Democrats.
    Given that the Democrats are probably are going to get slaughtered on Tuesday, what makes Democrats think that if Crist were to win, that he would actually do what he says he will do? We know one thing is for sure, Charlie Crist will do what is best for Charlie Crist. And that does not joining in with a bunch of losers who just got their butt kicked.

    October 30, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Tim

    I applaud Meek for staying in the race for the sheer fact that it ensures a Rubio victory. The State of Florida needs a common sense senator with a fiscally conservative mentality. Marco Rubio will bring this to Washington, wheras Meek is a tax and spend liberal and Crist flip-flops on his views even more than John Kerry circa 2004.

    October 30, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. A Kickin` Donkey

    Shouldn`t there be an effort to get McAdams to drop out in Alaska in an effort to thwart Joe Miller?

    October 30, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  13. AF.

    I like Meek but in this race he cannot win. Please fellow democrats let us vote for Crist. He is the right guy who can represent Floridians now. I hope Crist will win. If Crist wins all Floridians win, if he losses, all Floridians losse.

    October 30, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. use the brain

    If Clinton is supporting Meeks, then I will have to vote for someone else. Clinton? Yikes.

    October 31, 2010 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  15. Bob in Pa

    Just like Bill never asked Sestek to remove himself from the Primary in Pa. He may have a great smile, but Billy boy is a dirty politician.

    October 31, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  16. barry

    It is a shame what Obama has done to Kendrtick Meek. Truly sad. Kendrick Meek is a good man.

    October 31, 2010 06:25 am at 6:25 am |