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.