Crist To Clinton-He will Vote with Dems

Posted on October 30, 2010

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A Charlie Crist victory in the Florida Senate contest would mean an additional vote with Democrats, a senior aide to former President Bill Clinton said Friday, noting that Clinton got an assurance from the Republican-turned-independent that he would caucus with Democrats if he won.

The, aide, speaking after Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek insisted Friday that Clinton never asked him to drop out of the three-way race, said that Crist called Clinton aide Doug Band and Band intervened between Crist and Meek about Meek’s possible departure from the three-way contest.

Crist has denied that he has agreed to caucus with Democrats, saying at a debate earlier this week that he would speak to both parties before deciding with whom to vote. The aide said he understands why Crist would make that denial.

The aide said Crist and Meek were not speaking with each other about this issue, and Clinton didn’t enter the discussion until late in the conversation, when it appeared an agreement has been reached. 

But Meek said Clinton never asked him to drop out of the race so Crist could win, noting that the two men did discuss the scenario, but a request was never made.

The, aide, speaking after Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek insisted Friday that Clinton never asked him to drop out of the three-way race, said that Crist called Clinton aide Doug Band and Band intervened between Crist and Meek about Meek’s possible departure from the three-way contest.

Crist has denied that he has agreed to caucus with Democrats, saying at a debate earlier this week that he would speak to both parties before deciding with whom to vote. The aide said he understands why Crist would make that denial.

The aide said Crist and Meek were not speaking with each other about this issue, and Clinton didn’t enter the discussion until late in the conversation, when it appeared an agreement has been reached. 

But Meek said Clinton never asked him to drop out of the race so Crist could win, noting that the two men did discuss the scenario, but a request was never made.

Clinton backed up Meek’s version of the story in a statement issued Friday.

“I didn’t ask Kendrick to leave the race, nor did Kendrick say that he would,” Clinton said. “I told him that how he proceeds was his decision to make and that I would support him regardless.”

Meek, who’s in a virtual tie for second place with Crist behind Republican nominee Marco Rubio, told Fox News on Friday that Crist is driving the story that first appeared in Politico because Meek’s departure is the only way he would have a chance.

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