Watch here: The Daily Show skewers #Fangate

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Florida is, again, the laughinstock of the nation.

A day after Gov. Rick Scott waited seven minutes before appearing onstage for Wednesday night’s debate, #Fangate was the lead story on The Daily Show.

Below is a rough, rough cut of the segment (with me laughing in the background).

lectern near his feet, and Scott’s handlers demanded that the moderators do something. But then they were on live TV, facing an empty stage. Crist soon appeared, and CBS4 anchor Eliott Rodriguez turned to the audience.

“The rules of the debate that I was shown by the Scott campaign say that there should be no fan,” Rodriguez said. “Somehow there is a fan there. And for that reason, ladies and gentlemen, I am being told that Gov. Scott will not join us for this debate.”

Boos erupted. Crist was asked to explain.

“Are we really going to debate about a fan or are we going to talk about education and the environment and the future of our state? I mean, really,” Crist responded.

That was apparently enough for Scott, who came out and joined the debate.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this post.

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