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Patrick Murphy, David Jolly going national with TV appearances as speculation of bipartisan ticket grows

The two former Congressmen are scheduled to hit the national airwaves three times in the next two days, a first for the pair appearing together.
Former Congressmen Patrick Murphy, left, and David Jolly sound off on the gridlock in Washington, D.C., during a forum at USF in October.
Published May 21, 2018

What started as political "exploration" is showing no signs of slowing, as former Congressmen Patrick Murphy and David Jolly are gearing up for their first national TV appearances as a pair in the next two days.

These appearances come just days after Politico Florida reported that Murphy said "there have been millions of dollars committed" by donors to a potential bipartisan ticket for Florida governor, even though the two have not announced an official bid yet.

Murphy, a Democrat who hails from Miami and lives in Jupiter, would run as governor and pick Jolly, a Republican of Pinellas County, as his lieutenant governor if Murphy won his primary. The two have been conducting polling to judge the public appetite for the idea, which apparently has been encouraging.

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The two will appear on MSNBC this afternoon and again Tuesday morning, then Fox News on Tuesday evening, according to Jolly. On the shows they'll be discussing the news of the day, plus gridlock in Washington and the need for bipartisan compromise — the same topics they've been highlighting during their speaking tour on college campuses and local Florida TV studios.

"There's an appetite for it," Jolly said. "The media is obviously interested in what a combined ticket might look like."