PALM GARDENS, Fla. -- While campaigning at a pancake house brimming with supporters, Republican Senate frontrunner Marco Rubio commented on reports that former President Clinton's staff had tried to negotiate a plan with independent candidate Charlie Crist to oust Democrat Kendrick Meek from the three-way race.

"If you ever needed a reminder of what's wrong with American politics today, this story is a great reminder of back door deals and that's what got us in this bad public policy that's putting America on the wrong track," Rubio said to reporters outside a campaign stop on his bus tour. "We are running on a message and we live in a republic and the people who decide this election aren't deal makers in Washington, they aren't pollsters, they are voters."

Across the state in Miami, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink encouraged enthusiastic Black leaders to vote for her. Almost all the supporters at the campaign event in the predominantly African American neighborhood of Overtown were wearing Sink campaign stickers on their chests or holding signs.

Afterwards, Sink was asked by Fox News whether she thought Meek should make way for Crist by leaving the race for Senate.

"I am a very strong supporter of Kendrick Meek," she said emphatically. "I plan to vote for Kendrick on Tuesday morning."