October 28th, 2010
08:50 PM ET

Meek says he's staying in Senate race

[Updated at 10:35 p.m.] Florida's Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate said Thursday night that he was staying in the race and called earlier reports that he was asked to drop out "inaccurate at best."

[Original post] Former President Bill Clinton last week tried to persuade Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek to drop out of the three-way contest, according to a report by Politico that was confirmed by CNN.

A senior Democratic official told CNN that the White House was aware of Clinton’s negotiations, and that Democrats believed the move would prevent Republican candidate Marco Rubio from winning the Florida Senate seat.

As part of the deal, Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist would then caucus with Democrats in the Senate. Meek was considering the option until two days ago, but the deal eventually fell apart, according to the source.

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  1. none of your business

    All you democraps need to drop out.hobama is on his way out.stupid moron w/ugly wife.who ran the country off a cliff with no parachute.now stop your crying little black boy the republicans now gotta save you.noway i wont do it.wheres the kkk when ya need em.

    October 28, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ace

    Cnn is cold i said alot n they didnt post it one thing bush is not n the office cuz he done enough damage n he took us off a cliff without a pairachute so ha

    October 28, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. termlimits

    Democrats, the cut throat party of losers! They throw their people under the bus in a heart beat. If you didn't already know the libs were dirty lying pieces of c rap, you do now! Rubio and Meeks have run a clean campaign, Crist on the other hand is using every dirty whiny trick in the book. "Sorry Charlie" Crist has flip flopped all the way! Republican to Independent to Democrat! What a frikin loser!!

    October 29, 2010 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Don

    Nyob you are a coward 1.you won't give a name 2.you need the
    Kkk to do your Dirty work.yoiur cowardly actions overshadows your racing

    October 29, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mano

    This shows me one thing. That the parties are all about the power, not our interests. Those who run the parties are not elected officials but hold the puppet strings. The real power is held by the few party leaders that have never seen the voting booth.
    Scary when you think about it.

    October 29, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ancient Texan

    Mano, I think you are correct, there are folks we never see that are pulling the strings. The ones we do see are just the Showy, Celeb type that want the adoration.

    October 29, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Don Wuerl

    If this report of Clinton asking another person to withdraw from the race is true, then why the hell did he stay on as Commander in Chief? WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON SHOULD BE IN PRISON!

    October 29, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lisababy

    Meeks needs to get out of the race not split the votes hey noyb were you living in a cave during the last 2YEARS of bushs term in office where he did ABSOLUTLY NOTHING! its nuts like you that got us 8 YEARS of throwing us under a bus bush is out thank you Jesus! and whatever it is its better than shrub spouting mispronounced words about issues he knew nothing and/or did nothing about not to mention mr munchousen cheney who apparently took the job for the medical insurance we never heard a thing about him except hes in the hospital hes out oh yea lets not forget his biggest contribution as vp shooting his friend in the face they were both great sing their praises! as a comedy team LMAO shrub starts a war and walks away into oblivion where he came from good riddance to bad rubbish i hear hes playing scrabble perhaps he should have learned his words before becoming president he sucked a&$ and somewhere deep down you know it too you just cant admit that YOURE WRONG

    October 29, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lisababy

    Your party shrub cheney, palin all starters not finishers and palin telling her party to man up has she got some secret set of testis sounds to me like she resents her male gop counterparts and is demeaning to her own party lets tally up her qualifications shes a quitter shell just walk out on her commitments for the first chance to run her expensivly lipsticked mouth in front of a live audience for the teabaggers shes powermad and an attention seeking quitter who gets paid rediculous amounts of money to tell her own party to grow some b@lls and that voice OMG! as appealing as fingernails on a chalkboard LMAO!

    October 29, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. jerryfelldown

    I'll tell u where the kkk is uder deeper cover. They changed their name to( send our kids to war let them die). Then we'll sit back get rich an hide with our moonshine & dixie flag i hid for 8 yrs.

    October 29, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lisababy

    Meek please drop out do the patriotic thing and give the party a the best chance its not just about you

    October 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel

    By staying in the race,all Kendrick Meek is going to is to ensure the election of Marco Rubio the Republican. We need more independents and far less right-wing fanatics in Washington.

    October 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pat Grandfield

    These cooments coming out of your mouths R disgusting.
    U all sound uneducated and racistIf U R that unhappy. Leave the US and find out how your life will be like. Without the freedom U have. Have some respectfor the President and make sure U vote.

    Goodnight

    October 30, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pat Grandfield

    Lisababy, U R 100 percent correct. Thank U. Bush us in and the recovery will be slow.

    October 30, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jim Brieske

    Lisababy. You are a very wrong. President Bush had an unemployment rate of 4.7 until the democrats took over Congress in 2006. As Frank and Dodd's subprime loans were greatly increased causing the eventual collapse of our economy. During this period the republicans were trying to stop Fannie and Freddie but Frank (it's all on film also) would not allow it.
    So the man whose boyfriend turned their apartment into a gay den of ill repute, should be replaced.
    He helped to almost ruin this country. Id say 2 to 3 trillion dollars worth of damage caused by him.
    If this was China, he would be executed.
    jim

    October 30, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
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