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Scott, McCollum agree to 2 debates; 3rd in works

The campaigns of Rick Scott and Bill McCollum have agreed to two debates -- Aug. 2 in Miami and Aug. 5 in Tampa, according to a letter from McCollum campaign adviser Doyle Bartlett. A third debate in Orlando by Leadership Florida is scheduled for Aug. 11. McCollum has said he will attend. (Full letter below.)

Dear Ms. Wiles,

Thank you for taking my calls and returning my emails this past week regarding finalizing a debate schedule agreeable to both Attorney General Bill McCollum and Rick Scott.

Based on our conversations, this letter will serve to formalize our agreement. Both the McCollum for Governor campaign and Mr. Scott’s campaign have confirmed participation in two debates. We are continuing to discuss the third proposed debate.

The first debate will be hosted by Univision on August 2, 2010, in Miami. The second debate will be August 5, 2010 in Tampa, hosted by local Fox affiliate WTVT. 

Additionally, Attorney General McCollum has confirmed he will participate in Leadership Florida’s August 11, 2010, debate in Orlando. This is the only debate that will air on commercial stations throughout Florida and Mr. Scott is a member of the host organization. 

I am hopeful you will confirm your participation in the Leadership Florida debate directly to the organization’s President, Wendy Abberger.


Doyle Bartlett, Senior Advisor, McCollum for Governor Campaign

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:46am]


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