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Crist, in Miami, trying to convert Meek backers



At stops, Gov. Charlie Crist is subtlety suggesting to Kendrick Meek supporters that Crist is better positioned to overtake Rubio. In Miami, Meek's hometown, Crist was more pointed. Rather than reminding Floridians to make their vote count, Crist said "I'm the only one who can defeat Marco. There's no doubt in my mind."

When reporters said Marco Rubio was accusing Crist of deal-making to get Meek out of the race, Crist pivoted. "Rubio actually made deals," Crist said, noting that Rubio secured extra funding for Florida International University and later took a teaching position there.

In Miami, Crist met up with one of his more prominent Democrat supporters, state Rep. Yolly Roberson. "This is a battle between good and evil," said Roberson, casting a stark contrast between Crist and Rubio. "In my dreams, good prevails." Added state Rep. Luis Garcia: "Charlie Crist is the best man for the job."

[Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 4:42pm]


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