Insider Meek, outsider Greene begin closing arguments in Democratic Senate primaryby George Bennett | August 20th, 2010
Kendrick Meek is playing up his presidential connections while Jeff Greene is underscoring his outsider status as the Florida Democratic Senate primary rivals make their final pitches to voters this weekend before Tuesday’s election.
Former President Bill Clinton recorded an automated phone message calling four-term Miami U.S. Rep. Meek “my friend” and mentioning that President Obama is also backing Meek’s Senate bid. Both Clinton and Obama campaigned for Meek in South Florida this week.
While Meek stresses his Washington ties, Palm Beach billionaire Greene is taking the opposite tack in a new TV spot released today.
“If you want to send Washington a wake-up call, send me to the Senate. I’ll shake things up and never let you down,” Greene says in his new ad.
After months of attacking Meek in ads and mailers, Greene’s new ad doesn’t mention his rival by name.
Meek is airing two ads over the final weekend of the primary campaign. One is a positive biographical spot and the other a 30-second ad that begins by touting Meek’s endorsements and ends with an attack on Greene.
Meek plans to campaign in Jacksonville, Gainesville and Eatonville on Saturday. He’ll visit Miami churches on Sunday before heading to Tampa for a rally later in the day with Democratic governor candidate Alex Sink.
Greene’s plans include campaign stops in Broward County and Orlando on Saturday and Miami on Sunday, with other cities to be announced.
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