[UPDATE] Florida Gubernatorial Hopefuls Debate for Last Time

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] 10-26 11:00AM -- Tampa, FL (AP) -

Democratic candidate for governor Alex Sink
has fired a staffer who broke the rules by trying to coach her
during a debate.

Sink said in a statement that she "immediately removed" from
her campaign an aide who tried to communicate with her via a cell
phone text message shown to her during a break in Monday night's
debate. That broke ground rules that both campaigns had agreed to
beforehand.

Her Republican opponent, Rick Scott, mentioned the gaffe when
the CNN debate came out of the commercial break, and his campaign
fired out press releases to reporters pointing it out.

Sink's campaign did not name the aide.

Scott and Sink mostly traded attacks during the heated debate,
the last one before next week's election.

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Tampa, FL (AP) -

Florida's two candidates for governor didn't
waste any time hurling accusations at each other during the final
debate of the campaign.

Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink faced off Monday
night during a debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

During the first segment of the debate, Scott painted Sink as an
ineffective insider who supports President Barack Obama's failed
economic policies. Sink said Scott was untrustworthy and again
noted that his former hospital conglomerate paid $1.7 billion in
fines to settle federal charges of Medicare fraud in the 1990s.
Scott has said he had no knowledge of any wrongdoing.

Scott is a former health care executive and political newcomer.
Sink is a former bank president and Florida's current chief
financial officer.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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