It’s looking more and more likely that there will be multiple debates held in the U.S. Senate race but there still is little agreement between Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican U.S. Senate nominee U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV over where and when.
Mack’s campaign says he’s now working with CNN and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Graham on a couple of debates,plus others. Nelson’s campaign says he, too is looking at those, plus others.
CNN originally wanted to co-sponsor a debate with the Tampa Bay Times, which Nelson agreed to and Mack (after some mid-summer disagreements) rejected because he’s feuding with the Times. So CNN now says it plans one Oct. 30 in St. Petersburg with its Cable TV news partners. Mack’s camp says he has “generally accepted.” Nelson’s says says he’s looking at it.
Graham now has proposed a debate Oct. 23 at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida. Mack’s team replied something like, “Sure, maybe; tell us more.” Nelson’s team replied, “We’re looking at it.”
Earlier both campaigns accepted invitations to a Leadership Florida/Florida Press Association debate set for Oct 17 at the Nova Southeastern University campus in Davie. That’s the only for-sure one on the calendar.
Mack’s campaign also said yes to a Fox debate proposed for last Sunday, but Nelson never agreed.
Mack’s campaign also said it has said yes to a CBS Affiliate/Gannett debate in Tampa sometime in early October, and to an ABC-10 debate in Miami sometime in late October. Read More