It's almost a shame that the Fox News debate between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio is scheduled to air at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
It would have been much better if this debate has been set during prime-time, or least in the early evening hours. Because then viewers could play the Crist-Rubio drinking game where they could take a drink every time certain words are said.
That's because according to Chris Wallace "there will be no rules...we'll have everything but the steel cage."
So that means we can expect to hear the following words a lot:
"Credit card bills."
Others that may get slipped in there could be "man hug" and "lavish lifestyle." We might also hear a bit of a dust-up over taxes, as in who voted for them, who didn't. Was that $1 a pack a cigarette tax hike signed by Crist really a tax hike? How can Rubio say he didn't support a tax hike when he voted for budgets where the state relied on increased property taxes to pay for schools?
You get the picture.
Those are the narratives that the two campaigns are now relying heavily on. It will be interesting to see whether or not the debate does delve into other substantive areas including Cuba, the nation's relationship with Israel, financial regulation, and immigration reform. You could include health care, but there the argument is over whether Crist was forceful enough in saying he opposed federal health care reform. Both men are now saying they support the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Bill McCollum to try to block it.
Perhaps the correct question should be "Is there anything in the federal health care reform bill you could support?"
A handful of other potential questions could be:
Should Congress pass an extension of the higher matching rate for Medicaid? Gov. Crist has included it in his budget, and now has the Florida Senate.
Could you explain exactly what type of offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico you do support? Should it be allowed in state waters, should it be limited to federal waters, is there a limit to how close it should be to the shores of the state?
Given that Florida has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation, should the federal government do anything more to help homeowners? What do you think about the latest plan announced this past week by President Obama?