Things got weird during a campaign debate among Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and the candidates seeking to replace her.
One of the candidates on stage was independent candidate Max Linn, who supports President Donald Trump.
"How would you ensure that everyone who needs health care has access to it and can afford it?" Linn was asked.
Linn replied that he had to be different and said he was going to put the question aside.
"I would ask that you stick with the question," the moderator replied.
"Request denied," Linn said.
As Linn rambled on, a second debate moderator interrupted to try and keep the discussion to the topic at hand.
"Request denied again," Linn responded, as he went on to praise the moderators.
He also said he doesn't want to be judged on his answer.
.@MaxLinn4Senate goes off-script, just a bit #DecisionMaine #mepolitics #MaxLinn https://t.co/2mIIfXLTcY— NEWS CENTER Maine (@NEWS CENTER Maine)1599869188.0
Linn's answer received a great deal of discussion online, here's some of what people were saying:
This is simultaneously the best and worst debate answer I have ever heard. #MESen https://t.co/zkDYm3cFRu— Tim Hogan (@Tim Hogan)1599866893.0
I don’t know anything about Max Linn, but he seems like the type of person who would get into a drunken argument wi… https://t.co/JuwCxsRoyv— Justin Franz (@Justin Franz)1599871394.0
Max Linn would've been one hell of a character on The Office. #DecisionMaine #askmax— Andy Austin (@Andy Austin)1599867064.0
Next time I'm in a debate and someone asks me a question I don't wanna answer or am not prepared to answer I'm gonn… https://t.co/uPgfRWPjsj— Max 🥰🏳️🌈 (@Max 🥰🏳️🌈)1599870874.0
Oh Max Linn, you're supposed to at least pretend your answer has something to do with the question, you can't just… https://t.co/iMNgP9Q0eL— 🆘Rev Magdalen | Protect the Results (@🆘Rev Magdalen | Protect the Results)1599874024.0
Maine Senatorial Debate Drinking Game: Drink from your decorative lighthouse of Allen’s Coffee Brandy every time Ma… https://t.co/zoA8XV8gJe— Sam Shepherd (@Sam Shepherd)1599866107.0
Max Linn: Request Denied! 😂 https://t.co/hO3HP0SD9I— Paul Robeson (@Paul Robeson)1599872990.0
Max Linn declares he won't answer questions as asked, as part of his strategy. I didn't know you could do that. #mepolitics— Mike Tipping (@Mike Tipping)1599865687.0
Max Linn is an asshole. My opinion after 5 minutes of watching this Senate Debate for Maine Senate seat— Lori (@Lori)1599865936.0
Idk. Susan Collins seems a little slow on the uptake in this debate. It seemed more like a debate between Sara Gide… https://t.co/5kWY5dZENn— R.H. Dobson (@R.H. Dobson)1599873932.0
Max Linn may have stolen the show, but this is what Mainers will remember 👇 ”Collins won't say in debate who she'l… https://t.co/oURTPUPwDU— Rachel Irwin (@Rachel Irwin)1599875581.0
Max Linn was annoying but it seems to have worked. He got the most Google searches out of all the candidates tonigh… https://t.co/iJ5nkBDI0B— Jessy Han (@Jessy Han)1599869026.0