October 17th, 2014

Report: Florida governor’s debate hits the fan

A little appliance caused a big fuss at a Florida debate with Gov. Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist, but Crist’s fan isn’t allowed on stage under the rules of an October 21 Florida governor’s race debate that CNN is hosting in conjunction with Jacksonville affiliate WJXT.

The candidates were sent a memo on October 8 outlining the format, rules and logistical information for the debate. Among those rules: No electronic devices.

After being lampooned on social media with #fangate trending, Gov. Scott told CNN affiliate WPBF, “I think he was sweating and he needed a fan. I’m surprised he didn’t try to ask for dry ice.” Crist’s campaign later started selling hand held fans that read, “I’m a fan of Charlie Crist.”

Watch CNN on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. ET to see Jake Tapper co-host the next live, one-hour gubernatorial debate in Jacksonville, Fla. between the two candidates.