When Miami’s WFOR agreed to produce the first debate between former FL Governor Charlie Crist and current FL Governor Rick Scott, they never had any idea that biggest fight would be over a small fan.
The Crist campaign had placed a small electric fan under his podium, something that Governor Scott did not like. Scott refused to come on stage and delayed the debate.
The rules of the debate stated that no electronic devices would be used. However, the Crist campaign had asked prior to the debate for the use of the fan to keep cool and had gotten approval in writing. Co-moderator Rosemary Goudreau questioned if the fan violated the rules of the debated, causing Crist to reply “Are we really going to debate about a fan or are we going to talk about education, and the environment and the future of our state? I mean, really!?”
“I’m thinking, where do we go from here? Do we tap dance? But, I thought it was extremely uncomfortable. We lost 7 minutes that I thought we could have used.” This is what WFOR anchor Elliott Rodriguez said about the debate between former FL Governor Charlie Crist and current FL Governor Rick Scott, that he moderated.
Scott did finally come out and participated in the debate.