By Javier Manjarres
Tampa, Florida– The three candidates for the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida squared off again in another debate hosted by CNN and the St. Petersburg Times this Sunday morning. The audience was not lulled to sleep, as there were an abundance of jabs that were thrown around by all three of the candidates- with even a few round-house kicks thrown into the mix.
Much to the surprise of the viewing audience, the debate was crashed by a “heckler” who disrupted the proceedings by showing a lack of respect for the moderators and for Mr. Rubio whom this ‘Heckler’ targeted. I am sure CNN is looking into how this heckler made it past security and into the debate room. “The Heckler’s” chameleon-like disguise was one of a kind and his actions showed that he has obviously mastered the art of deception and has perpetrated this kind of smoke and mirrors trickery before.
This “Heckler”, who actually made it on to the stage, can only be described as Superhero-like, with snow white hair, lean physique, and a very tan complexion. The Heckler has been identified as none other than the candidate ”of the people”, the “ I need your vote, what should I say now” candidate, the “ what do the pollsters think I should do” candidate. The “Heckler” of whom I refer to was none other than Governor Charlie “The Chuckster” Crist.
Rubio was responding to Governor Crist’s politically expedient ‘flip-flops’ on the issues, when Governor Crist lost it and began a rant that was aimed to talk over Rubio, simply to try to muzzle Rubio from laying a smackdown on him by detailing the reasons for the Governor’s change in party affiliation and the notorious, well documented changes in his positions on the issues.
Rubio delivered the line of the campaign when he said that he had been heckled before from the audience, but never by one of his opponents on stage. Rubio called Crist a “heckler” several times during the exchange.
The same ol’ arguments were made by the candidates and they all stayed true to their talking points, except for the fact that Governor Crist is now open to a compromise when it comes to tax cuts- yet another “El Flip-Flop-o”.
What was made evident by this debate was the fact that both of the candidates seemed defeated and on the verge of tapping out to Rubio’s choke-hold. Rubio later told me that, “he (Crist) was broken.”
Governor Crist’s juvenile heckling in the middle of a nationally televised debate is the final desperate maneuver by a candidate that sees not only his campaign for Senate, but possibly his political career as well, being brought to an undignified end.