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Rubio accuses Crist of 'heckling'

By Aaron Blake and Matt DeLong

Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.


CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Sparks fly in Florida Senate debate

Things started off civil but gradually descended into chaos as Republican Marco Rubio accused Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent, of "heckling" during a debate between all three Florida Senate candidates. Ironically, Crist had denounced bickering between the two major-party candidates, but spent a lot of time talking over Rubio and demanding that he release financial records. Rubio has faced allegations of misusing a Florida GOP credit card for personal expenses. "I've never had a heckler at the debate, I've always had them in the audience," Rubio said.

Both Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek sought to paint Rubio, the front-runner, as a right-wing ideologue. Meek questioned Rubio's sincerity about the deficit, pointing the to the Republican's support for extending Bush-era tax cuts for top earners at a cost of $700 billion. Meek slammed Crist, formerly a Republican, for changing some positions and mounting an independent bid for Senate. "We know why the governor is running as an independent, because he couldn't beat Marco Rubio," Meek said.


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NBC: MEET THE PRESS - Steele expects 'unprecedented wave'

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said of the Republicans' momentum in next week's election: "There is a vibration out here that is unlike anything I've ever seen. ... I think you're going to see an unprecedented wave on Election Day." When asked about gaffes made by Republican candidates across the country, Steele poked fun at himself: "Lord knows, I'm familiar with foot-in-mouth disease."

Steele defended Republican-leaning outside groups who don't have to disclose their donors, saying there's "not one shred of evidence" that they have done anything untoward. Steele said Democrats' accusations are unsubstantiated. "If you have evidence to the contrary, produce it," Steele said. "Put up or shut up."


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FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Toomey: I'm not Christine O'Donnell

Former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) sought to distance himself from another GOP Senate candidate in neighboring Delaware, Christine O'Donnell, as Toomey's opponent Rep. Joe Sestak (D) has been attempting to tie them together. "He's trying to run against somebody that I've never met, that I don't agree with," Toomey said. Toomey defended a years-old remark in which he suggested getting rid of corporate taxes, saying it was "inartful" and was "never a serious policy proposal."

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D), who like Toomey is running for Senate and has seen his lead dissipate, defended his changing positions on the healthcare bill. Manchin said in March that he would have voted for the bill, but he said Sunday that there was a lot he and others didn't know about it at the time. "I think many people didn't know about the bill," Manchin said. "It ends up, what - 2,000 pages or more?"


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CBS: FACE THE NATION - Rove: Obama's a hypocrite

Former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove blasted President Obama for failing to criticize liberal groups funding ads with money from anonymous donors. "I don't remember him ever saying that all these liberal groups were threats to democracy when they spent money exactly the same way we are," Rove said. "Once we copied what the liberals did, liberals got upset." Rove said he "would like to have a different system," but conservatives shouldn't have to fight with one arm tied behind their backs. "I'm focused on leveling the playing field," Rove said.

When Asked if there is anything the president has done right, Rove said he supports Obama on Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as his efforts to promote performance pay for teachers. Rove predicted Republicans will pick up "slightly less" than the 64-69 seats some handicappers are forecasting in next week's election. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said he is "confident Democrats are going to retain their majority" in the House. He added that "early voting states are showing good news for Democrats."


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ABC: THIS WEEK - Kaine: House Dems will keep Pelosi

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said he "thinks" Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will remain as House speaker if Democrats stay in the majority. Kaine also said Democrats need to do a better job getting their message out. "We plead guilty to focusing on substance," Kaine said. "Finding that right balance between focusing on the substance and the explanation of the work is something that we'll wrestle with."

Kaine also sounded open to staying on as DNC chairman after the election, saying he hasn't heard that the White House wants him anywhere else.

By Aaron Blake and Matt DeLong  | October 24, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
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Comments

Rubio was looking forward to some cheesy debate and ended up at a whine party. Salute!

Posted by: whocares666 | October 25, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Crist is a slimy politician who the voters of his party rejected and who is now reduced to a botique candidacy to satisfy his ego. Unsurprisingly this RINO has resorted to the normal Democrat tactics of running a campaign of vilification against his opponent - this is what you do when facts and logic are not with you, call people names, whine and issue innuendos - all to no avail

Posted by: student1776 | October 25, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Democrats are famous for their low blow hit and runs at the last minute of the campaign Wmboyd. You know, I remember when I did not have a net worth even near 8500 being a single working mom supporting three children. Running for office in this day and age requires money and lots of it. If you have proof of wrong doing produce it. I am still wanting to see that allusive birth certificate from that know nothing, inexperienced no body that Democrats pushed forth to run for President. You wanted an "0" and you got one. I would love to see the big "0"s money trail. It stinks from here.

Posted by: greatgran1 | October 25, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The happiest people in Florida now are the people Rubio owes money to, and that's a large crowd of people. With a net worth of $8500, he's managed to find enough investors to borrow nearly $1 million, with a "no payments until after the election" clause.

He'll be working hard to pay off all the debt, hopes he can parlay the new job into $millions and get back to the lifestyle he recently left (because the IRS was looking at his expense account)...lear jets, penthouses, and all expenses paid golf vacations to Sea Island for all his relatives.

Posted by: wmboyd | October 25, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

This liberal ranting and raving is music to my ears. I am so excited my heart is rushing. I want this Democrat nightmare to end. I am sick of the hypocrisy, the lying, the deceit and reading off the idiot box. No one with an IQ over 60 wants the lame Obamacare or cap and tax or the far reaching financial bill, or the huge embarrassing debt. or the wasted spending on special interests or the ignoring of the border crisis, or the threat of our national security under these idiots or the continuous nightmare of destroying and dismantling of capitalism. We are sick of the radical progressives that have taken over the Democrat party.
And we are sick of the likes of Crist who like most of the Democrat politicians are out for self. His display was a selfish outburst of helplessness just like these rants and ravings in these desperate liberal posts. We are witnessing a liberal meltdown of the old politics as usual and it is about time.

Posted by: greatgran1 | October 25, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

ProCounsel, Where are Rubio's credit card records? WHy do you support Rubio when he is not being forthcoming? Are you simply a rush limpnuts scrotum kisser?

Posted by: fmamstyle | October 25, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

Comment to Mr. Rubio, "if you can't take the heat stay well away from the kitchen". If you prevail in this electoral contest and subsequently are indicted for your past criminal financial malfeasance you better be sure to have enough cash in hand to reimburse taxpayers the total costs of the election required to replace your arrogant, self-centered, criminal personage! Sticking taxpayers with those costs will not endear you to any Florida jury Marco!

Posted by: trbajaz | October 24, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Where are the records of Rubio's credit card?


Waiting....

Posted by: jimsillan | October 24, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

What I really love to see and hear on television almost as much as Karl Rove, the spin-doctor-in-chief for the GOP, is listening to John Boehner or Mitch McConnell stand up there "telling" us what the American people want. They don't want health care, they don't want taxes (any at all), they do want services (but evidently not pay for them), on and on. I keep thinking that I'm an American person and no one has ever asked me what I want or don't want.

What I hear Republicans doing is "telling me what to believe" and hoping I'm stupid enough to let them do it, whether it's Karl Rove, Mitch McConnell or John Boehner.

I remember what they gave us before. A terrible war to lose precious lives and run up an outlandish budget deficit, which they have now conveniently layed at Pres. Obama's doorstep and have the audacity to blame him for. Add to that allowing almost total deregulation of our financial industry allowing a giant rip-off of the American people...which they now want to blame Obama for & roll-back new regulatory rules recently passed by a Democratic congress. Let the "free market" reign, so they can rip us some more? Oh, and on taxes, let's continue them for the richest. The middle class hasn't been gouged enough!

I could go on and on. But, yes, these guys have now changed and are going to save us. Give me a break. A Leopard doesn't lose it's spots.

Posted by: vicoct1 | October 24, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Marco Rubio is an ultra right-wing extremist who seems to believe that the rest of the world should live by his conservative rules. That would be not allowing the same rights and priviledges for gays-lesbians-bi-sexual-transgendered persons that others enjoy. Women would lose any rights to pro-choice or other, important decisions regarding their body or lives.

How dare these ultra-right wingers believe they can impose their belief systems on the rest of the country. Florida is very strange indeed to prefer someone like Rubio to Crist.

Crist stood up to the Republican legislature with his veto power and they vowed to get rid of him. Rubio will probably operate only as a puppet of the Republican party in Florida & former Gov. Jeb Bush. Haven't we had enough of the Bushs in government?

Florida is in terrible financial shape. Not due to CFO Alex Sink, a Democrat running for Governor, as has been claimed by the Republican, Rick Scott. A lot of our financial problems started with Gov. Bush, who started massive privatization of state government, laying off huge numbers of State employees, and getting rid of taxes for the wealthiest. Of course now we actually pay private contractors more than we would if we hadn't privatized, not to mention poor service.

All we need in the Senate is another hard-right religious nut.

I vote Charlie Crist. He's been a good governor and he'd make a good Senator.

Posted by: vicoct1 | October 24, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Crist and Meek already lost...it's a done deal.

Posted by: moebius22 | October 24, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Marco Rubio is an ultra right-wing extremist who seems to believe that the rest of the world should live by his conservative rules. That would be not allowing the same rights and priviledges for gays-lesbians-bi-sexual-transgendered persons that others enjoy. Women would lose any rights to pro-choice or other, important decisions regarding their body or lives.

How dare these ultra-right wingers believe they can impose their belief systems on the rest of the country. Florida is very strange indeed to prefer someone like Rubio to Crist.

Crist stood up to the Republican legislature with his veto power and they vowed to get rid of him. Rubio will probably operate only as a puppet of the Republican party in Florida & former Gov. Jeb Bush. Haven't we had enough of the Bushs in government?

Florida is in terrible financial shape. Not due to CFO Alex Sink, a Democrat running for Governor. A lot of our financial problems started with Gov. Bush, who started massive privatization of state government, laying off huge numbers of State employees, and getting rid of taxes for the wealthiest. Of course now we actually pay private contractors more than we would if we hadn't privatized, not to mention poor service.

All we need in the Senate is another hard-right religious nut.

I vote Charlie Crist. He's been a good governor and he'd make a good Senator.

Posted by: vicoct1 | October 24, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Even Charlie Crists tan is fading. Watching the CNN debate and Flipper Crist being smacked down by Meek and his "couldn't beat Rubio" comment was priceless.

Posted by: IamWright | October 24, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Rubio is a Karl Rove flunky. Tax payers money has supported Rubio & his family, both legal & illegal money. Being a son of a Cuban refugee he stands for open borders with all countries, including Cuba & Mexico. Florida doesn't need an other crooked politician.

Posted by: wasaUFO | October 24, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

crist is a whiner

crist is a loser

crist is an embarasment

crist should shut up and go away

and florida will send him packing next week

Posted by: ProCounsel | October 24, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

crist is a whiner

crist is a loser

crist is an embarasment

crist should shut up and go away

and florida will send him packing next week

Posted by: ProCounsel | October 24, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

crist is a whiner

crist is a loser

crist is an embarasment

crist should shut up and go away

and florida will send him packing next week

Posted by: ProCounsel | October 24, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

crist is a whiner

crist is a loser

crist is an embarasment

crist should shut up and go away

and florida will send him packing next week

Posted by: ProCounsel | October 24, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

What's remarkable is that the moderators of the three leading Sunday shows, Meet the Press, This Week and CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowly all are moderated by people who ask questions from the point of view of Barbara Boxer. There is no intellectual or journalistic integrity at ABC, NBC or CNN, imho.

Posted by: donaldjohnson | October 24, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Rubio is so childish - and would be a McConnell puppet.

Posted by: angie12106 | October 24, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

America's IQ test comes around again next week. Too bad ignorance is not bliss. How strange American's have forgotten why they were so enraged with Republican leadership they elected a guy named Barak Hussein Obama.

Republicans have not changed. Karl Rove? Seriously? Americans want him back in charge? Americans already forgot what Republicans are. Those trickle down theories, rewarding the super-rich for looting the economic might of this country, well, have the rich created any jobs for Americans lately? No? Did they when Republicans were in power? No.

They figured out a long time ago they could keep getting rich if America has no middle class. As in every other crony capitalist state in the world, China, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Russia...the rich just don't care what the unemployment rate is. It does not matter to them. So why do downwardly mobile Americans keep voting for Republicans?

Do you think they will "close the border"? Are you joking? Why didn't they? Who do you think exploits illegal labor, Democrats? Do you think Republicans protect individual freedom? Are you kidding me? Why do you think liberals are called liberal?

The right wing Republican Clarence Thomas (the one with the tea bagging wife) wrote an opinion stating pubescent school girls need to live in fear of being strip searched by school officials at any time lest they hide pills in their panties. I'm not kidding you.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 24, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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