Clinton Urged Democratic Florida Candidate Meek to Drop Out of Senate Race

October 29, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News) – Last week, Bill Clinton stumped around Florida on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek. And then he told Meek to drop out of the race to make room for independent candidate Charlie Crist, the Washington Post reports.

Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna confirmed yesterday that the former president told his longtime friend Meek that he could be more impactful if he dropped out of the Senate race and endorsed Crist, who is leading him in the polls. Concern among Democrats is that competition between Crist and Meek may create a split vote issue, allowing Republican candidate Marco Rubio’s lead to strengthen even more than it already has. Currently, Meek is a distant third behind Rubio and Crist, the Post reports. Recent polls show that most Meek supporters have indicated that they would support Crist if Meek left the race.

Although McKenna said that Meek considered taking Clinton’s advice, Meek asserted that he has never considered dropping out of the race and is continuing his quest to become the first African-American elected statewide in Florida, the Post indicates.


One Response to “Clinton Urged Democratic Florida Candidate Meek to Drop Out of Senate Race”

  1. Randal Coon on October 29th, 2010 8:40 pm

    I am proud that President Bill Clinton is now one of the most popular of all past presidents. I think he did a great job as President, leaving us a budget in the black.
    Obviously President Bush felt war was more important than any other action of the country–even against a country who had nothing to do with the 9/11 terrorist act.

    But Bill Clinton is now a private citizen, just like me. IF I had any persuasion ability and the access to the Demo candidate for Senate in Florida, I would have given him the same advice. It is the only chance to prevent the election of a radical tea party candidate, by giving Gov. Crist the opportunity to combine the demo and independent votes to mount a viable challenge to the tea party candidate.

    Since I was not able to do so, I am very happy that Bill Clinton took the initiative to point out to the minority Demo candidate that he has no chance of winning the seat,l but has the unique opportunity of withdrawing from the race and urging his supporters to vote for Gov Crist. It is the only rational choice for someone not overcome by the idiocy of the tea party. Bill Clinton is a private citizen, and there is no legal or moral problem with him making the suggestion to his long time friend, Mr. Meek. I am sure that if Mr. Meek has a viable candidacy at some point in the future , Bill Clinton will support him in that effort.

    So, BRAVO to Bill Clinton for urging Mr Meek to take the ONLY reasonable choice for a Florida Democrat in his position at this time.


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