Look who’s talking: Mack ready to debateby John Kennedy | August 10th, 2012
After refusing to debate his Republican primary opponents, U.S. Senate candidate Connie Mack IV said Friday that he has accepted an invite for an October general election debate at the University of South Florida.
Mack will presumably face-off against two-term Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. Both men have primary races Tuesday.
One of Mack’s opponents, former U.S. Rep. Dave Weldon of Indialantic was so frustrated by Mack’s summerlong refusal to debate, he posted a mock debate on web site, where he answered questions flanked by a goofy-looking photo of his rival.
But the matter of a primary contest isn’t stopping Mack from embracing the October debate, organized by WTSP-TV, C-SPAN, and Florida’s Gannett newspapers.
”We believe several debates are appropriate for a Senate race of this magnitude, including this debate,” said David James, Mack’s deputy campaign manager. “We look forward to a series of issue-based debates on the right path for the future of our nation with Senator Nelson and thank WTSP and their partners for extending their offer.”