Crist: A vote for Meek is a vote for Rubioby Dara Kam | October 12th, 2010
Gov. Charlie Crist believes he’s the only candidate who can “stop the Tea Party mess” and defeat Marco Rubio in the three-way U.S. Senate race and that a vote for the Democrat – U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek – equates to a vote for Rubio.
“It sure looks like it. Yeah. I mean, you know, regrettably, that would be the case. I think Democrats are reaching that conclusion all across Florida. They tell me that,” the Republican-turned-independent told reporters when asked if a vote for Meek would be the same as a vote for Tea Party favorite Rubio.
Crist denied that his campaign has been pressuring Meek, lagging in the polls behind frontrunner Rubio and Crist, to drop out of the race.
“Number one, there’s no pressure. People should do what they feel is right. But I’m clear about this. I’m the only candidate who can win in November and stop the Tea Party and the mess that Mr. Rubio would bring to Washington,” Crist said.
Crist said it’s up to Meek whether to drop out.
“That’s his decision. I have no comment,” Crist said.
Despite lagging in the polls behind Rubio by a double-digit margin, Crist was characteristically upbeat about his chances of winning next month’s election.
“I feel great. I’m an optimist. Where I get m optimism is from the people. What’s most important is not what polls say but what people say. I talk to them all across the state, virtually every day. The mood is good. They want an independent voice to speak for them. They’re tired of what the parties do in Washington. They’re tired of gridlock. They are hopeful that we can cut through the fog of partisanship and do what’s right for the people,” Crist said. That’s what this campaign represents. If they want to change everything in Washington, that’s the path we should follow.”