From Dunk City to Debate City: FGCU wants to host 2014 debate
The fledgling Florida university whose overachieving basketball team gained national attention as "Dunk City" wants to seize a new spotlight, this time in statewide politics.
Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers is one of six state higher education institutions bidding to host a live statewide debate between the candidates for governor in 2014, the Naples Daily News reports.
The debate sponsors, Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association, plan to announce the selection Jan. 29. The groups will form a statewide hookup of TV stations in Florida's major TV markets to carry the one-hour showdown, likely between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, next October.
“FGCU would consider it a great privilege to host the debate and would embrace it as an exciting opportunity to allow its students to witness the political process in action,” University President Wilson Bradshaw wrote in the school's application. “The university would welcome the opportunity to host this prestigious and important debate that will serve to inform the state’s voting citizenry.”
Previous gubernatorial debates in 2006 and 2010 were held at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.