Yesterday was a debate between Florida governor Rick Scott and his challenger Charlie Crist. It got off to the weirdest start as you can see from the video, where Scott initially refused to come out, leaving his challenger alone on the stage for about 10 minutes.
The issue seems to be a ‘no electronics’ clause in the debate agreement that did not explicitly exclude fans. I can understand the reason for it, in order to prevent the debaters from getting audio feeds from advisors and experts during the debate in order to appear more knowledgeable. But it seems Crist likely that Crist did not feel that the word ‘electronics’ applied to a small portable fan beneath the podium because it appears that Crist hates to appear sweaty and has such a fan at almost all of his appearances, especially if it is held under bright lights. He would never have agreed to a ‘no fans’ clause.
By making a big deal out of a small fan and sulking off-stage, Scott came off as really petty. When he finally showed up and was asked to explain his initial absence, his reasoning was even more bizarre and the way he delivered it comical.
Scott’s aides tried to rectify matters but it likely did not help. These kinds of silly blunders are hard to explain away.