Florida Gubernatorial Debate

By: Angela Howard Email
By: Angela Howard Email

With just two weeks left before the general election, gubernatorial candidates Rick Scott and Alex Sink squared off in an hour long debate Wednesday night. During that time, a number of topics were discussed, starting with jobs.

"I'm providing for tax cuts for businesses that agree to hire more Floridians, I'm also providing a plan for reviving our economy and diversifying our economy by bringing new industries to the state," said Democratic Candidate Alex Sink.

"I'm gonna be the jobs governor. I'm going to do what I've done every day in business; I'm going to go out and figure out ways to get people to build their businesses. I'm going to cut property tax rates by 19% and phase out the business tax. We'll be the number one state," said Republican Candidate Rick Scott.

The candidates had only 75 seconds to respond to each question, but both used every bit of their time to outline their plans for everything from cutting taxes to immigration to education.

Scott: "What we've got to do is look at each child as an individual. We've got to make sure each teacher is sufficient at moving each child from this level to this level."

Sink: "It can't be just one thing like a test given on one day. I would build out a n umber of factors and I would test it out."

Sink and Scott fielded questions from a panel of three, discussing the housing crisis, their respective business backgrounds and why they ultimately want to be governor.

"I have a detailed 7 step plan. I'm going to hold Tallahassee accountable for every dollar they spend," said Scott.

" I want to bring my values to the governor's office. I'm just still that girl who grew up on a family farm," Sink said.

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