A tale of two contenders: Nelson seeks Gatorade, Mack wants ‘to win’by John Kennedy | October 17th, 2012
The contrast between Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Connie Mack started early Wednesday evening as the pair arrived at Davie’s Nova Southeastern University for the lone debate of the U.S. Senate race.
Nelson, the two-term incumbent, did a few television interviews before disappearing inside the cavernous theater where the hourlong contest, to be televised statewide, is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Nelson checked camera angles and asked a couple of questions about the order of tonight’s questioning by a panel of journalists.
He also asked for a bottle of Gatorade on his way into the auditorium.
“Gatorade is to me what spinach is to Popeye,” Nelson assured.
Mack arrived about 20 minutes later — aboard a bus wrapped with his name and campaign themes. He also started swinging — almost as soon as he hit the ground.
“He’s running a stealth campaign,” Mack said, criticizing his opponent for declining to take part in more than one debate.
When asked by reporters what his strategy is going into the hourlong debate, Mack was ready with an answer.
“To win,” Mack said.