Race of the Day

Race of the day: Alex Sink vs. Rick Scott for Florida governor

A deep-pocketed and scandal-tainted former CEO is running slightly ahead of Florida's CFO in the race to become that state's next governor

Name & Party:Image removed.

DEMOCRAT

Alex Sink

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REPUBLICAN

Rick Scott

Basic Info:

Fla.'s chief financial officer

Age: 62

Former health-care CEO

Age: 57

Issues:
  • Supports oil-drilling ban
  • For keeping all Bush tax cuts
  • Against AZ-type immigration law
  • Opposes oil-drilling ban
  • For keeping all Bush tax cuts
  • For AZ-type immigration law
Polling At:47%41%
Campaign Chest:$9 million$500,000
Key Quote:"Regulation is killing jobs.""[Sink]'s an Obama liberal."
Petty Controversy:Accused of making extra stops on an official state aircraft to pick up and drop off family membersHired a former RNC chief of staff implicated in that organization's "lesbian bondage" scandal
Wild card:When Scott was CEO of health-care giant Columbia/HCA the company was massively overbilling Medicare, leading to a $1.7 billion fine; as a result, the national GOP has been wary of embracing his candidacy
Dueling Ads:"Difference": Sink says that while Rick Scott is busy attacking Obama, she'll focus on Florida's challenges"Obama's Mosque": Scott argues that "Ground Zero" is an inappropriate place for a mosque

Alex Sink's "Difference":

Rick Scott's "Obama's Mosque":

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