Bill Clinton Urged Meek to Drop Out of Florida Race
But deal to support Crist fell through
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2010 6:32 PM CDT
Bill Clinton talks at a rally in Minnesota on Oct. 24.   (AP Photo/Andy King)

(Newser) Politico has the scoop on some behind-the-scenes political intrigue in Florida starring none other than Bill Clinton. It seems Clinton made a personal appeal to Democrat Kendrick Meek to drop out of the Senate race and throw his support to Gov. Charlie Crist, who's running as an independent. The idea was to foil the GOP's Marco Rubio and help prevent Republicans from taking over the Senate.

It nearly worked. Meek reportedly agreed to drop out, and the Clinton, Meek, and Crist camps even scheduled a rally to announce the move this week. But Meek had a change of heart at the last minute, apparently convinced he still stands a chance despite the blunt reality check delivered by Clinton and the plea to "be a hero." The White House reportedly gave the scheme its blessing.

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Oct 29, 2010 3:35 PM CDT
This is the same as cheating while playing poker. You can get into deep trouble for this kind of action, no matter who you are.Think about it.
Oct 28, 2010 11:34 PM CDT
The republican radicals that infest these discussion boards love to hate the most successful president of our lifetime. WJC presided over the longest running period of economic prosperity this country has ever known... including an actual surplus... and the lowest unemployment rates... and the lowest welfare rates... ...while the republicans have created the most national debt and the most wealthy elitists and the poorest middle class... and the worst economic downturn of our lifetime.
Oct 28, 2010 10:20 PM CDT
Bill Clinton reminds me of the enemy you never want at your funeral, and here he is at Obama’s wake presiding over the casket. Bill and Hillary must be toasting their luck this evening, "clink" goes the martini glasses.