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Forum shows Scott may be underestimated



ORLANDO — In their first joint appearance on the campaign trail Friday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink challenged Republican Rick Scott to five statewide televised debates and chastised him for a running an overwhelmingly negative primary.

"I didn't hear anything about how we're going to improve our economy, or get people back to work, or what we're going to do to improve our education system," Sink said of the one hourlong debate she saw between Scott and his chief primary election rival, Attorney General Bill McCollum.

But the conference of the politically influential Florida Association of Realtors highlighted how underestimated and unpredictable Scott may be as a candidate.

The controversial former chief of Columbia/HCA hospital chain drew louder applause than Sink in his speech emphasizing deep cuts in government spending and government regulations, and his reception room drew more people than the Democratic chief financial officer did at hers. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:24am]


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