Charlie Crist Broke the Debate Rules With Fan, Officials Say

Because Florida is Florida, the topic of the day Thursday is, of course, FanGate. And now debate organizers have released a statement saying that Charlie Crist did, intact, break debate rules by having his trusty fan with him onstage.

The statement from the Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association says Crist had agreed to not bring his fan if the temperature were cool enough. And while Crist insisted that he would be bring the fan up with him if there were "temperature issues," debate officials said there were no such issues.

The temperature on the stage at the time of the debate was 67 degrees.

See also: #FanGate Reactions Dominate Post-Debate Spin by Politicians

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