Crist On The Campaign Trail

Panama City - Calls for Democrat Kendrick Meek to bow out of the US Senate race so Republican Marco Rubio doesn’t win are coming from party leaders and maybe even the White House.

Governor Charlie Crist, an Independent candidate for Senate, won't name names but insists a White House staffer told him Meek had agreed to step aside and endorse him. Meek denies the claims and the White House remains mute on the issue.

Early Friday morning Governor Charlie Crist was in Panama City Beach serving breakfast to supporters, during his first of four campaign stops. His Northwest Florida tour follows a night filled with controversy.

Crist says former President Bill Clinton and the Obama administration brokered a deal with Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race and endorse him. But even if Meek did step aside, at this point it might not matter.

“I’m not going to get into the back and forth about it. I think it’s been well reported. The story that’s out this morning, it’s true, it’s accurate and I’m going to be focused on the next four days, getting the message to the people of Florida about commonsense versus nonsense in Washington.”

From Panama City Crist boarded his bus and headed west to Destin. The polls show Crist gaining ground but still down by seven. If he could siphon off half of Meek’s supporters between now and election day he could win.

Another obstacle facing Crist is his position on the ballot. He’s near the bottom at number nine. His main opponent Marco Rubio is number one. And Crist honed in on Rubio during all four of his campaign stops.

"This guy Marco Rubio literally wants to overturn Roe Vs. Wade as it relates to a woman’s choice, doesn’t support stem-cell research which I find unconscionable."

Crist’s tour ends in his home town of St. Petersburg Sunday. He hopes the weekend of travel will be enough to pull off a come from behind win in the three way contest.

This morning in Palm Beach Gardens Marco Rubio kicked off his three day bus tour. Meanwhile Meek is busy fighting back rumors that he has plans to pull out. Both Meek and now Bill Clinton deny ever talking about stepping aside and endorsing Crist.

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  • by Joe Location: pcb on Nov 1, 2010 at 09:13 AM
    Tomorrow is an important day for the future of this country. If you havn't already voted, you could make a difference. If we don't kick Boyd out, he could very well be one of the deciding votes to let the Bush tax cuts expire on Jan 1st. That means that all of us, no matter what your income is, will get a huge tax increase next year. Your tax rate will go up 5% or more. Your take home pay will significantly decrease. Please go vote. It looks like Steve Southerland is the best bet to defeat Boyd. Also, please vote for Mark Rubio for Senate to keep Crist and Meeks out of the Senate for the same reason. If you don't want to see you pay decreased, please take the time to go vote tomorrow. Keep America strong.
  • by Brian Location: Panama City on Oct 31, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    You just know that Crist is offering to sell his soul to anyone and anything for their support, including the Democrats that he denounced a few years ago. It's all about Crist. It's all about HIS power. What a loser.
  • by Jeff on Oct 30, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    Imagine that, democrats asking another democrat to step aside so an independent has a chance at winning. The democrats must really be afraid of Rubio, and what he stands for!
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