Things you didn't know about Marco Rubio, Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek

In case you hadn't noticed,


's race for the

U.S. Senate

has been a little tense. Independent

Gov. Charlie Crist

, Republican former House Speaker

Marco Rubio

and Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek have been beating on each other like pinatas … except without any candy or happy squeals of delight at the end.

That's why I thought I'd be nice to take a time out from all the hard-nosed politicking and play nice for a few minutes. All the leading candidates were kind enough to share some info about their softer sides — and even what they like about each other.