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John King contradicts Alex Sink's cheating explanation



Debategate continues tonight as Alex Sink went on MSNBC to give her version of events from Monday night's CNN/St. Petersburg Times debate at the University of South Florida. Her version being what she said after the Cabinet meeting earlier in the day: "She put this phone in my face and she said 'I don't know who this is from' and I turned around and I looked and I said I — I couldn't tell, really, what it was."

But CNN anchor John King, who moderated the debate with Times political editor Adam C. Smith, was on CNN later Tuesday and said: "We listened very closely to the audio, and the makeup artist, when she approached Alex Sink, said I have a message from the staff. And that at point they looked, it was on a cell phone, it was two sentences. It was essentially advice after the last segment of the debate telling her if that question comes up again, remember this, and be more aggressive when Rick Scott questions you. It was two sentences. It was clear that she looked at it and read it. Mr. Scott called her out on that, if you will. His campaign says it's proof, essentially, that she cheated in the final exam."


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 4:34pm]


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