Obama to Meek: Don't say I never gave you anything

The campaign of Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) certainly made the most of Wednesday's brief Florida visit from President Obama.

Even though the president still hasn't headlined a fundraiser or campaign event exclusively for Meek, the congressman's campaign used every chance it could Wednesday to get him close to the president. 

Meek was on the airport tarmac to greet Obama when he arrived, and the two later made a stop at Jerry's Famous Deli in South Beach for corned beef sandwiches.

After purchasing Meek's sandwich, the president joked, "Don't say I never gave you anything." 

The fundraiser Obama headlined raised some $700,000 for Florida's Democratic Party, and in his speech Obama bucked up Meek, who faces a primary against self-funded billionaire Jeff Greene next week.   

"Kendrick has been a champion of middle-class families and somebody who has not been afraid to stand up to the status quo and special interests," Obama said Wednesday. "So we need that kind of fighter in the United States Senate. I need you to help him get there."  

Obama's full embrace of Meek and his Senate campaign was long-awaited. While the president has offered campaign help to several Democratic Senate candidates so far this cycle, Meek received little help through most of the spring and summer, even as he struggled to hold off Greene in the Democratic primary.

It's something that rankled a few members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who suggested the White House hadn't done enough to prop up Meek. Earlier this month, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel did headline a fundraiser for Meek in Washington.

Former President Clinton has been Meek's biggest draw on the campaign trail. Clinton has held some five fundraisers for Meek and made three campaign stops with him earlier this week. Meek was a backer of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008.   

After plenty of negative press for Greene over the past two weeks, Meek regained his footing in the primary, according to the latest polling. And given photo-ops with two presidents in the past week, Meek looks to be in a stronger position ahead of Tuesday's primary.

The latest Quinnipiac numbers from the state have Meek ahead of Greene 35 percent to 28 percent.