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Rick Scott agrees to CNN/USF/St. Pete Times and Leadership Florida debates



The Rick Scott gubernatorial campaign has accepted two invitations for statewide televised debates: The first will be Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Davie, organized by Leadership Florida in partnership with the Florida Press Association. It will be held at Nova Southeastern University and will be broadcast statewide.

The second will be held Monday, Oct. 25, at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus and is sponsored by USF, the St. Petersburg Times and CNN. The debate -- still awaiting Alex Sink's acceptance -- will be broadcast statewide through CNN affiliates and hosted by CNN anchor John King. That comes a day after CNN and the St. Pete Times host a Senate debate at USF.

UPDATE: Alex Sink had called for five debates and responded Wednesday with disappointment. "It is unfortunate that Rick Scott only wants to debate two times, and is refusing to have five statewide televised debates as Alex Sink called for over a week ago,'' said Sink campaign spokeswoman Kyra Jennings. "The people of Florida deserve to hear directly from the candidates about their records and plans many times in this critical election, and Rick Scott should stop hiding from Florida voters."

Sink had said she wanted to participate in five debates: Oct. 4: University of Florida in Gainesville; Oct. 8: Univision (Spanish language) in Doral; Oct 14: PBS/League of Women Voters/Florida Hospital Association in Orlando; Oct. 20: Leadership Florida and Florida Press Association in Davie; Oct. 25: NBC Debate in West Palm Beach.

The University of Florida also was planning an Oct. 26 debate sponsored and organized by Florida Blue Key.



[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:27am]


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