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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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5 Responses to “Meek: ‘I’m not doing backroom deals’”

  1. Dave Says:

    It was Charlie Crist who started this. The conversation between Meek and Clinton was to discuss, not twist Meek’s arm.

    It is Charlie who is desperate. He’d do everything he could to get elected. He dropped the republican party, became an independent, tires to bushwhack Meek throughout the campaign.

    Charlie doesn’t deserve to be a senator. No trust, forget being put in the back of the bus, Charlie will throw you under the bus.

  2. Bill Clinton Says:

    I just want to say one thing: I did NOT have a conversation with that man, Mr. Meek. I never asked anyone to drop out, not a single time, and I’m going back to work to find jobs for opponents of politically expedient Democrat party backed candidates.

  3. Crist is a snake Says:

    Charlie Crist is a snake and a desperate politican! He cannot be trusted! SHAME ON AARONSON, VANA, SACHS, ABRUZZO AND THE REST OF THE SNAKES FOR SELLING OUT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN!

  4. Moderate Democrat Says:

    The Big Dog and every thinking Democrat knows that Meek is toast.

    It is time to unite on behalf of Governor Crist to stop the extreme far right Rubio. There is no shame in making the intelligent rational choice to defeat the dark side.

  5. Jackie Says:

    Meek’s mother gave him her congressional seat. How much mor backroom can you get?

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