The two men vying for the Republican nomination for governor in Florida, Rick Scott and Bill McCollum, took their nasty campaign face-to-face in a televised debate last night. According to reports out of Florida, the debate was predictably brutal, with McCollum -- on the ropes after Scott's TV ad onslaught -- attempting to tear down the frontrunner. For his part, Scott continued to rip at McCollum's past, offering the same kind of rhetoric that has served him so well in his nearly $30 million ad campaign.
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McCollum "was more aggressive than ever" in attacking Scott "for the Medicaid/Medicare fraud scandal during his time as CEO of the Columbia/HCA hospital corporation," the AP reports.
Scott "took 'responsibility' for the fraud but stopped short of implicating himself," the Miami Herald reports. Meanwhile the wealthy political outsider attacked McCollum's political career, claiming his decades as an elected official have amounted to McCollum, in Scott's words, "living off taxpayers and bringing nothing new to the table."
All in all, the Herald reports, the debate "was largely an hour-long version" of each candidate's TV ads.