The war of words playing out over the airwaves between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink spilled into the Doral studios of Univisión on Friday as the two major candidates for Florida governor faced off in their first televised debate.
Echoing their ubiquitous TV ads, a feisty Sink, in her strongest jabs against Scott yet, tried to paint her opponent into a corner for heading a hospital chain that was slapped with a record $1.7 billion in federal fines for Medicare fraud. An unflappable Scott stuck to his mantra of job creation and portrayed Sink, the state's chief financial officer, as an ineffective Tallahassee insider.
Sink went on the offensive more often than her opponent during the hourlong debate, an effort to blunt the effects of Scott's barrage of negative ads against her in the race. Polls show a tight race.
The latest survey, a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research poll released Friday, showed Sink with a narrowing, four-percentage-point lead over Scott. Though she is still better liked than Scott, the number of voters who view Sink negatively reached double-digits, a sign that her GOP rival's attacks are resonating with some voters. Full story here.