Republican Party of Florida chairman John Thrasher on the debate: "I commend Governor Crist and Speaker Rubio for agreeing to participate in today’s debate, and for addressing some of the important issues facing the State of Florida and our nation. Florida Republicans have an important choice to make, and it is critical
that we have the information needed to make an informed decision.
"While I appreciate our candidates’ passion for this race and strong desire to serve, I was disappointed in some instances when they appeared to be moving away from the issues and utilizing personal attacks, which I don’t believe benefit the people of Florida, or our Party. I am looking forward to the next opportunity to hear more about the records and vision of Governor Crist and Speaker Rubio, and hope that moving forward our
candidates concentrate solely on discussing the issues that are important to the voters of our state."