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Charlie Crist, Rick Scott up front for tonight's presidential debate




Florida's current governor and the man who once held the job -- and might want it back -- provided a little additional political theater to Monday's third presidential debate.mct_us_news_campaign-debate.jpg

As organizers introduced first lady Michelle Obama in an auditorium on the campus of Lynn University, television viewers saw former Gov. Charlie Crist standing a row behind her, clapping and smiling.

When organizers introudced Ann Romney, viewers caught a glimpse of Gov. Rick Scott shaking the hand of the former first lady of Massachusetts.

Both Scott and Crist were at the debate site Monday spinning for their candidates.
Many speculate Crist, the former Republican governor who became an independent during his 2010 run for the U.S. Senate, will run for governor as a Democrat in 2014.

Scott already has said he will run for a second term.

Also spotted in the crowd: Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, former U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz.

[Last modified: Monday, October 22, 2012 9:32pm]


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