Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio have waged a contentious primary battle in the race for the Senate seat in Florida, trading personal barbs as Rubio has emerged as a far-right "rock star". When the Florida governor and the increasingly popular state representative squared off in an extended debate Sunday on Fox News, sparks were expected to fly.
Instead, the two Republicans engaged in a sober 30-minute debate that was more suited to policy wonks than rabble-rousers. Crist and Rubio argued over Crist's support for the stimulus package, Rubio's record as a Florida senator, and the possibility of Crist running as an independent. Though the pair got in their share of sharp comebacks, the exchanges were mostly civil and issue-oriented. In other words, the opposite of Andrew Breitbart and David Shuster's furious showdown.