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Called back to D.C. for vote, Meek wants debate moved



Kendrick Meek is asking Democratic primary opponent Jeff Greene to move a debate that had been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. The reason: The U.S. House has been called back for a vote on a $26 billion aid package for states and schools.

Meek's camp suggests that Greene has been unwilling to move the televised debate. "While under no circumstances are we willing to forgo the only chance for a statewide audience to view the debate, if your inflexibility persists, Kendrick will be left with no choice but to miss this critical vote that is so imperative for the future of our state," reads a letter to Greene's campaign.

Meek wants to move it to Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

UPDATE: Greene spokesman Luis Vizcaino said Greene offered to do the debate later Tuesday or in the week but, he said, Meek balked. He said Meek's campaign had indicated he had the go-ahead from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to miss the vote. Everything was on, but now the letter, Vizcaino said, adding, "This is just political theater."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:17am]


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