Meek: ‘I’m not doing backroom deals’by George Bennett | October 29th, 2010
Democratic Senate nominee Kendrick Meek, making the morning TV news rounds today, says he and former President Clinton discussed Meek dropping out of the race — but only in the context of addressing rumors that Meek says were spread by independent rival Charlie Crist.
Meek denied that Clinton asked him to get out of the Senate race or that he agreed to do so.
“President Clinton and I talked about it. Yes we did. But he didn’t say, ‘Hey, this is my recommendation to you.’ Because that’s not his place. The bottom line is, he asked me about the reports of last week and the week before,” Meek told CNN.
“I’m not playing politics. I’m not doing backroom deals,” Meek said.
Meek said Clinton, who campaigned in Florida with Meek last week, “saw some reports the week before of course that the Crist campaign was pushing that I was going to get out of the race and I said that’s not the case,” Meek said. “We talked about it and I said I’m not going to sell out on the people of the state of Florida — not that he was asking me to do so. He never asked me to get out of the race. I never told him that I was getting out of the race. But it seems to be part of the Crist strategey…for me to sell out on the people of the state of Florida. I’m not in that business. I’m not going to do it.”
Meek said he and Clinton were alone when they spoke
“President Clinton and I had a discussion….No one was in the room. We talked head on head about this issue. There was no agreement,” Meek told CNN.
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