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DeSantis and Putnam to square off at Florida Family Policy Council forum

The conservative group has also invited Richard Corcoran but he’s not an official candidate yet.
Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam will be the featured guests at a forum hosted by pollster Frank Luntz.
Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam will be the featured guests at a forum hosted by pollster Frank Luntz.
Published Apr. 23, 2018
Updated Apr. 23, 2018

The conservative Florida Family Policy Council has announced it is hosting a forum May 5 in Orlando with GOP candidates Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis and is willing to include Richard Corcoran, if the House speaker makes the long-awaiting announcement by then -- which is not expected.

The event will be moderated by Fox News pollster Frank Luntz, who set the criteria for appearing at the forum as any major candidate who has ”average poll numbers of at least above 4% on the polls listed at the RealClear Politics list for the Florida GOP Governor race.” See:

Since there are currently 11 named candidates, FFPC President John Stemberger said in a statement that inviting all of them to the forum was unworkable.

“It is simply impossible to have a meaningful and extended dialogue with 11 candidates at one event,″ he said. “Additionally, this process of setting objective polling criteria is consistent with IRS Revenue Rulings and recommendations for 501c3 candidate forums.”

DeSantis, a U.S. congressman from Palm Coast, and Putnam, Florida’s agriculture commissioner, have both confirmed they’ll be in attendance at the forum, Stemberger said. If Corcoran announces his caniddacy before May 5, he “would be qualified to participate based on the aforementioned criteria,″ the statement said.

The Family Policy Council advocates for an end to abortion, opposes gay marriage and advocates for steering state money to private and religious schools. Stemberger was a member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, appointed by Corcoran.