- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) - The first debate between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist reflected the negative tone of the campaign.

The debate hosted by Telemundo 51 on Friday found no common ground between the candidates on issues including health care, the minimum wage, Cuba policy, gay marriage, medical marijuana.

Scott used almost every question to criticize Crist for jobs lost while he was governor or tuition increases. He repeatedly said Crist was a do-nothing governor when he served from 2007 to 2011.

Crist said that just as he can’t be blamed for the state’s downturn during a global recession, Scott can’t take credit for Florida’s recovery as the economy improves across the country.

Crist also said he would help the middle class and Scott has hurt it.

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