Fla. Gov. Scott Campaign Disputes Debate Delay

Posted at 7:01 AM, Oct 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-16 07:14:35-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The campaign of Florida Gov. Rick Scott is disputing what caused the delay of Wednesday's night televised debate with former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Crist was alone on stage for nearly 10 minutes at the start of the debate. Moderators hosting the debate told the audience that Scott was refusing to take part because Crist had an electric fan under his podium.

But in an email sent out to campaign supporters hours after the debate ended Scott's campaign manager maintained that Scott "never refused to take the state." Melissa Sellers also contends that the campaign was "not notified" that Crist had taken the stage. She said they were told Crist was talking with debate organizers about the fan.

Scott's late entry into the debate prompted ridicule and widespread attention nationally and on social media