Cell Phone Incident During Florida Debate

Open your newspaper, log onto your news website; check your news on your refurbished Blackberry or Android phone. Regardless of how you get your news, you are sure to see negative stories that involve cell phones. Some are about the cleanliness of phones, others the “bill shock” associated with receiving your monthly statement, while many others consider the dangers of using your phone while driving. On Monday, cell phone issues made their way into politics.

The story takes place in a debate between Republican Rick Scott (pictured left) and Democrat Alex Sink(pictured right). During a break, the candidates were primped and primed by make-up artists.  While this was going on, Scott noticed Sink was being shown something on a cell phone. He then brought it to the attention of CNN political editor Mark Preston.

When the debate resumed, the moderator began by asking a question regarding the high unemployment rate in Florida. Before giving his answer, Scott noted, “First Alex, you say you always follow the rules. The rule was no one was supposed to give us messages during the break and your campaign did with an iPad, with an iPod”

If that didn’t point the cheating finger enough, The St. Petersburg Times reported that Scott’s campaign circulated an image with Sink’s picture on an iPhone screen with the title “iCheat.” Along with the image, an aid for Scott reportedly said “You want to cheat at a debate? There’s an app for that.”

The video of the incident can be seen here.

Sources: St. Petersburg Times |

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