Three televised debates in the Florida governor's race appeared like the best opportunity for Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist to promote policy plans outside of their ongoing negative campaign.
But as the first debate hosted by WSCV-Telemundo 51 wrapped up its taping Friday, the candidates offered voters few specifics.
Sure, the questions reporters asked related to big, important issues. Yet the two men's responses, while mostly polished, shed little new light on where they stand.
Scott backs "traditional" marriage, but wasn't clear on whether he supports marriage for same-sex couples. Crist does.
Crist supports expanding Medicaid reform under the Affordable Care Act. Scott, who in the past said he did as well, sounded again like a critic, calling it too expensive for Florida.
Scott opposes a medical marijuana amendment to the Florida Constitution. Crist supports it.
Crist wants to lift the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba. Scott says it should continue.
And on and on.
Meanwhile, outside Telemundo's Miramar studios were supporters of Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie. "Let Wyllie Speak," a sign said.