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Fla sen "debate" set for Feb 19

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February

The Florida Federation of Republican Women will host the first Republican U.S. Senate debate of 2012 on Feb. 19 in Tallahassee (though it sounds like like a forum than debate). Confirmed candidates are George LeMieux, Connie Mack and Mike McCallister.

"Our debate will not be like the debates we've come to know in recent years, rather recreated as an in-depth job interview of three realistically potential winners against Bill Nelson for Florida's most significant federal job. While some voters may have enjoyed the combative nature and sound bites of the recent presidential debates, our leaders often found the format to be a distraction from the issues. As committed grassroots leaders we have no need to be entertained. We prefer to be informed which this individual question and answer format should accomplish," said Cindy Graves, president of the FFRW.

The 2 p.m. debate at the Hotel Duval will have the candidates responding to questions from the audience of up to 250 members and guests of the federation, and giving closing remarks, and (sadly) organizers are discouraging combative interaction.

"Our debate will not be like the debates we've come to know in recent years, rather recreated as an in-depth job interview of three realistically potential winners against Bill Nelson for Florida's most significant federal job. While some voters may have enjoyed the combative nature and sound bites of the recent presidential debates, our leaders often found the format to be a distraction from the issues. As committed grassroots leaders we have no need to be entertained. We prefer to be informed which this individual question and answer format should accomplish," Graves said.

Click here for ticket info

[Last modified: Thursday, February 9, 2012 4:30pm]

    

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