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PolitiFact Florida looks at Kendrick Meek's abortion claim



There was a time when Kendrick Meek didn't need to defend his Democratic credentials. The son of a popular Democratic congresswoman and a longtime party loyalist, Meek ran unopposed in every general election since his foray into national politics in 2002.

When the Miami congressman aimed his ambition toward Florida's U.S. Senate seat, the forecast was an easy primary win. Then along came Jeff Greene, a real estate investor and Palm Beach billionaire whose TV ad blitz helped carry him into a two-way tie with Meek only weeks after he entered the race in April.

Now Meek's hopes seem pinned to exposing Greene's former Republican flirtation while broadcasting his own Democratic lineage. In a June 22, 2010, Palm Beach Post debate, Meek painted himself as the principal defender of public education, the middle class and legal abortions.

"When I become the nominee, the Democratic nominee, I will be the only pro-choice candidate on the ballot," he said.

If Meek makes it to the general election, would he be the only Roe v. Wade defender in the race? PolitiFact Florida decided to check it out.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:43am]


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