Last week, during the first debate between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott, Scott demonstrated that he had little to offer his Hispanic audience beyond saying he loves families and that, as a poor child growing up he could relate to them (yes, really), that he wanted them to have every advantage he did. He hoped they would aspire to the same success he did.
The only problem with that is that in Rick Scott's Florida, to go on to become a health care CEO whose company made Medicare fraud history and left with a golden parachute they could later purchase elected office with, one will just have to do so by riding a bicycle to their low paying job (if they can find one, of course) without the benefits of a decent wage, health care, an education, and the ability to vote.
The most frequent question during last weeks debate was "Gov. Scott, could you please answer the question?"
He dodged questions on driver's licenses, education, climate change, inserted the word "jobs" wherever he could regardless how irrelevant they were to the question, and blamed all that is bad in Florida on Charlie Crist and the GOP, including his own current Lt. Governor who supported pretty much everything Scott has tried to pin on Crist.
He said he wanted to make sure everyone had access to health care, when he's actually done everything in his power to keep them from it.
He asked Floridians to ignore their lying utility bills and claimed they haven't gone up.
He claimed that the number of child deaths under his DCF (which he tried to weaken) weren't really all that bad, using the dead children as political pawns, and claiming shock that a family was murdered on their/his watch.
He again said he was against same sex marriage and that was a matter for the courts to decide, when in fact they have. He and Pam Bondi are apparently waiting for the court that agrees with them.
Scott chuckled and smirked when Crist pointed out that Scott wants to make women's medical decisions for them.
Scott smiled when Charlie Crist brought up Medicare fraud during a question on ethics.
When asked how he would deal with Ebola, Scott said he would treat it like any other disaster, (like ignoring the TB outbreak two years ago?) and that he sought expert advice from his buddy Rick Perry, who is currently monitoring the situation in Texas from Europe.
Last of all, Scott gave a closing argument in butchered Spanish.
In other words, it was like listening to Rick Scott saying the same things, and dodging the same questions as he's done for the past four years.
Will tonight's round two will be different?
Somehow, I doubt it.
Every time Scott dodges a question and smirks at the mention of the misfortunes of others, it becomes clearer why Charlie Crist should again become Florida's governor.
(Screenshot: NBC 6 Miami)