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Univision: Spanish-language debate between Rubio, Murphy isn't happening

Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic challenger Rep. Patrick Murphy shake hands before their debate at the University of Central Florida, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Orlando.

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Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic challenger Rep. Patrick Murphy shake hands before their debate at the University of Central Florida, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Orlando.

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A potential U.S. Senate debate on Univision between Republican incumbent Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy won’t be happening after all, because the two campaigns have seemingly failed to agree to terms for the Miami event.

“The debate was canceled,” Univision spokesman Jose Zamora told the Herald/Times on Friday. He couldn’t immediately elaborate as to why.

Rubio’s campaign alleged Murphy is “blowing off” the event, but Murphy campaign spokesman Joshua Karp said the debate is still a possibility and disputed Univision’s statement that it was canceled.

“We’re continuing to work with Univision to make this debate happen,” Karp said, adding that the campaigns were looking at Oct. 28 as a date for it. “We’re talking about the format.”

Although both Rubio and Murphy had accepted invitations for the event, they haven’t finalized negotiations on terms — including in what language the debate would be done.

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[Last modified: Friday, October 21, 2016 12:33pm]

    

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