The Debate Candidates
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2010) - See who the players are in the political debates scheduled at the University of South Florida. The Senate debate is 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, and the Gubernatorial debate kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25. Watch parties for both events will be held at the Marshall Student Center, and topic experts will be on hand to discuss various issues.
Marco Rubio: Miami-born Marco Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, holding a variety of titles including speaker of the House. He promoted a platform of lower taxes, better schools and leaner government. A Republican and lawyer, he also served as a city commissioner in West Miami prior to seeking state office. He is married with four children.
Charlie Crist: Currently governor of Florida, Charlie Crist has promoted an agenda of lower taxes, affordable living and better health care and education in the state. Crist served in the state Senate before being elected Florida Commissioner of Education and Florida Attorney General. The independent candidate is married and resides in St. Petersburg.
Kendrick Meek: A U.S. Congressman, Kendrick Meek has a long track record of service to his community, and has held elected office in the Florida House and Senate, focusing on strong education, affordable health care and fiscal responsibility. A former Florida Highway Patrol trooper, Meek was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2002. Married with two children, he lives in Miami.
Rick Scott: The founder of two health care provider companies, Rick Scott opposes more government involvement in health care. Scott served in the Navy and was a lawyer prior to his work with the health care providers. A Republican, Scott is married with two children and resides in Naples.
Alex Sink: Before being elected Florida’s Chief Financial Officer in 2006, Alex Sink worked in the private sector, including president of Florida operations for Bank of America. She served on state commissions and was vice-chair of Florida TaxWatch. A resident of Thonotosassa, she is married with two children.