The New York Times: Was Charlie Crist’s Fan Against the Rules? It’s Complicated

Josh Barro
Oct 17, 2014
Trevor Potter, who served as counsel for John McCain’s presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2008, agreed the document left the existence of a “temperature issue” up to Mr. Crist’s discretion. “It sounds like they reserved for themselves the ability to decide if there was a temperature issue.” Mr. Potter, an attorney for Mr. Scott’s 2010 campaign for governor, has no affiliation with this year’s campaign. ...

Mr. Potter noted any ambiguity could have been avoided through better drafting. 

“There should have been an addendum negotiated defining what a temperature issue is and who decides if one exists,” he said, “including potentially a number in there, saying if the temperature is at, say, 66 or below, there is no issue, and if it’s above that, an issue exists and you can use a fan.” ...

Mr. Potter says this is the first set of debate rules he’s ever seen with a specific provision about fans. ...


CNN may want to take some advice from Mr. Potter and make sure the anti-fan language in the debate rules is airtight.

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