October 31st, 2010
09:07 AM ET
11 years ago

Listen to the voicemail Crist left Meek

(CNN) - The St. Petersburg Times obtained a copy of a voicemail Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist left before 5 a.m. Monday for Democratic Senate nominee Kendrick Meek.

According to the audio, Crist wanted to meet Meek later in the day to set up a situation where Meek would back out of the Florida Senate race. Meek later said no.
Last Sunday, the three candidates for Senate faced off in a CNN/St. Petersburg Times debate, and Crist spoke to Meek briefly after the debate.

This audio comes just days after controversial reports that former President Bill Clinton asked Meek to withdraw from the race and throw his support behind Crist.
Clinton said he spoke with Meek twice regarding the possibility of exiting the race, but that he did not explicitly ask him to do so.

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.

On Thursday Crist said he spoke with Meek and "several people" at the White House, as well as Clinton counselor Doug Band about asking Meek to bow out.

Meek has since been defiant about his chances in the upcoming election. Clinton will campaign with him in Orlando, Florida, on Monday night.

Meek and Crist will face Republican Tea Party-backed Marco Rubio in the election Tuesday.

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. GL


    Meek, you are a disgrace. There is no way you can win. The country will remember you fro dringing a nutcase to the senate. Thanks for all your service. I hope your constituency (and the Dem leadership) remember this forever.

    October 31, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |

    DITTO and I am black and want Meek to get out of the way and stop letting his eggo keep the Dems from winning this seat.

    October 31, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. vs101

    The vast majority of Crist's support is from Democrats. Republicans have lost their minds and unless you are a raving t partier, you are not an american. I would have voted for Crist if he had switched over to the Democratic party or if Meek had dropped out. However, the more I hear from Meek, the more I like him and believe that all Democrats currently looking at Crist should support him.

    October 31, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. pkb

    Since news has become so partisan (networks want those big bucks), a Democrat doesn't want to watch CNN because their analysts are all Republicans and their commentary is slanted towards the GOP. Since I'm a Dem, I will watch MSNBC which is slanted towards the Dems.

    October 31, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. mell

    Poor Meek,, not so easy to get a job without your Mommy stepping down to help you, huh!

    Down with political dynastical rule and professional politicians in America!

    October 31, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. GL

    This is bad for big head Meek becasue he is only going to be remember as the one who help a right wing nut win a seat in the Senate. This man is a over baked cake. I guest he only have himself to thank when his polical career come to an end. Stupid is Stupid does. He just killed his polical career.

    October 31, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Christ is in fact, a Dem, in GOP clothing. Basically, he plays both sides against the other, for his own benefit. Why people like someone like that, is beyond me.

    October 31, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Average American

    DemocRATS & clinton are RACISTS! People, you've got to wake up. Politics & power come before the poeple, when your talking about democRATS.

    October 31, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. annie s

    Although I voted for Meek and think he is a good man for the job, I'm also disappointed that he didn't pull out. Christ is a Republican, but at least he's a moderate one and he had a chance without Meek in the race. Now we're stuck with a Tea Party endorsed radical conservative.

    October 31, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Mike

    Christ is a typical politician. But then again aren't they all? That is why they are just below lawyers on the food chain.
    There are just some people that shouldn't be allowed to take up valuable air that others breathe.

    October 31, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. vs101

    All these people who claim to be Democrats and are angry at Meek because of his "ego", should be angry at themselves. The only reason why Rubio will win is if you don't vote for Meek. Why deos everyone think that he can't win? The vast majority of those polled supporting Crist are Democrats. Republicans are not voting for Crist. Instead of being hoodwinked by Media shenanigans, and t party nitwits that post inane messages on this post, get off your delusional behinds and VOTE FOR MEEK!! DUH!!

    October 31, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Why is any of this wrong? We have this sort of thing happen in politics all the time. This is only difference is this is a genteral election.ASKING a person to do something is neither wrong or unethical.

    October 31, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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