Published: Aug 02, 2010 8:02 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 02, 2010 3:34 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Bill McCollum and Rick Scott used much of their first face-to-face debate to attack each other's character and records.

McCollum, the state attorney general, and Scott, a wealthy former hospital executive, broke little new ground Monday in the 45-minute GOP gubernatorial debate at Univision studios in Miami.

A feisty McCollum didn't waste any time in nailing Scott for the Medicaid/Medicare fraud investigation at Columbia/HCA that saw Scott forced out as CEO. The company later paid $1.7 million to settle federal charges. McCollum also accused Scott of trying to buy the election.

Scott kept up his theme of painting McCollum as a career politician who is part of the problem. Both accused the other of lying in TV commercials.