Published: Oct 07, 2010 3:23 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 07, 2010 12:23 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Democrat Kendrick Meek and independent Gov. Charlie Crist teamed up against Republican Senate front-runner Marco Rubio, calling him a far-right radical during the a debate.

Crist said Wednesday that Rubio, a tea party favorite, isn't just drinking political Kool-Aid, he's drinking too much tea. He criticized Rubio for wanting to outlaw abortion and said his conservative views are extreme.

Meek, third in recent polls, jumped in, saying he was surprised that Rubio would describe a health care bill as radical because it's the same word people use to describe him.

Rubio said Washington is broken and that health care and spending policies under President Barack Obama have been a disaster.

The debate was aired on ABC affiliates around the state.