Last night’s Florida gubernatorial debate almost didn’t happen as GOP Gov. Rick Scott refused to come onstage for the debate because his challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, had a fan under his podium to help moderate the temperature under the lights.
“We have been told Governor Scott will not be participating in this debate,” CBS moderator Elliott Rodriguez said. “Now, let me explain what this is all about. Governor Crist has asked to have a fan, a small fan, placed underneath his podium. The rules of the debate that I was shown by the Scott campaign said that there should be no fan. Somehow there is a fan there and for that reason, ladies and gentlemen, Governor Scott will not join us for the debate.”
After the debate, the Crist camp revealed a copy of the agreed terms of the debate which clearly read “the debate hosts will address any temperature issues with a fan if necessary.” Apparently, the debate agreement mentioned no “electronic” devices (i.e. cell phones, iPads, etc…) were allowed. I’m not sure I would refer to an “electric fan” as an “electronic device.”
Really? Gov. Scott was not going to debate because his opponent requested a FAN? Is this the most infantile thing ever seen at a political debate???
In the end, even right wing pundits have characterized Scott’s debate performance as “week” and “rambling.”