Gov. Charlie Crist (I) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) were on the attack during a debate in Florida's three-way Senate race Wednesday night, with most of their fire aimed at Republican Marco Rubio, who holds a double-digit lead in recent polls. 

"It's abundantly clear to me that there's an extreme-right faction in the Republican Party, and I think I'm the only candidate that can both win in November and crash that Tea Party in Washington," Crist said in Wednesday's debate. 

The governor hit Rubio on Social Security, repeating a charge he made in a recent campaign ad that the Republican wants to raise the payout age, and took repeated shots at Tea Party activists. 

"You haven't been drinking the Kool-Aid, my friend, you've been drinking too much tea," Crist told the Republican front-runner. 

Asked if privatization of Social Security is still on the table, Rubio responded: "It is not, because it doesn't work, because they're taking payers out of the system."

Rubio said both Crist and Meek represent the status quo in Washington and that neither can be trusted to push the country in a different fiscal direction. 

Meek, who has been stuck behind both Rubio and Crist in polls since he emerged from the Democratic primary, aimed most of his fire at Rubio and national Republicans, warning of a return to the "Dick Cheney days" and labeling the Republican front-runner a "radical." 

He painted Crist as someone who has shifted positions repeatedly in the interest of political expediency, saying the governor "stands on a wet paper box."

The latest Quinnipiac poll in the race gives Rubio a 13-point edge. The Republican leads with 46 percent of the vote to Crist's 33. Meek was running third with just 18 percent of the vote. 

Also on Wednesday, Rubio's campaign announced another record fundraising haul. The Republican raised $5 million during the third quarter and will report $5.5 million cash on hand. The campaigns of Crist and Meek have yet to release third-quarter totals.