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Kendrick Meek steps up attacks on Charlie Crist



Locked in a battle with Gov. Charlie Crist over likely Democratic votes, U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek stepped up his attacks on the governor during a morning press conference in Tallahassee.

“When it comes down to the governor, I think Florida voters are going to really pay close attention because you don’t know where he stands on the issues,” Meek said. “You just can’t get by a United States Senate race just saying that you ‘love Florida.’”

Marco Rubio, the Republican former House speaker who has been leading some recent polls, was almost an afterthought. He was mostly mentioned in tandem with Crist as examples of two conservative peas in a pod.

Meek, a four-term congressman from Miami, underscored his point with a D.C. joke: “It’s going to be hard for the governor to master the Potomac two-step.”

Meek stressed that he is the underdog in the race but will “out work” his two opponents. “We will continue to move up, and I know that Democrats will be with us.”


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:25am]


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