Kendrick Meek: 'Crist Approached Me About Dropping Out'

Meek says it was Crist who approached him with the idea to drop out of the race, not Clinton.

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In what is sure to become a marathon game of "He said, she said," Rep. Kendrick Meek, the last-place Democratic candidate running for the Senate from Florida, denied claims that former President Bill Clinton had advised him to drop out, saying the idea came instead from his independent rival, Gov. Charlie Crist. Rep. Meek went on national morning-TV news shows to address reports that he had told Clinton, who was campaigning for Meek, that he would drop out to improve Crist's chances of defeating the front-runner, Republican Marco Rubio. Crist left the GOP to run as an independent after Rubio led him before the Republican primary. Meek said Crist had also called Clinton's office "trying to persuade them to get me out of this race." "Gov. Crist talked to me about getting out of the race. I recommended to the governor that he should consider getting out of the race," Meek said on CNN's American Morning. Really. Why are we not surprised? Politics is looking more and more like politricks. Florida is like D.C.: Anything can happen when it comes to elections.

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