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After tough talk about talking — U.S. Senate race will have only one debate

by John Kennedy | October 2nd, 2012

Republican Connie Mack renewed his blistering Tuesday of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson over what now looks all but certain to be a single debate between the two contenders.

Mack, trailing in the polls, wants plenty more. Nelson doesn’t need them.

“The voters of this country are getting three prime-time opportunities to view their choices for President and sadly Bill Nelson does not think the voters of Florida are entitled to the same opportunity,” said David James, Mack’s deputy campaign manager.

An Oct. 17 debate at Davie’s Nova Southeastern University, to be broadcast by television stations across Florida, is shaping up as the lone contest. Mack didn’t want the Tampa Bay Times as a co-sponsor of a CNN debate proposed for Oct. 30 — sending everyone back to the drawing board.

CNN, Bay News 9 of Tampa and Central Florida 13 began talking of picking up the second debate — but Nelson’s side wanted it earlier than Oct. 30, since early voting will be underway by then. Mack said he’d be willing to debate Oct. 25 or Oct. 27 — but Nelson’s campaign said it now looks unlikely that CNN will take part in anything that’s not slated for Oct. 30.

So Nelson’s not interested.

“At this point, we’ll have one debate Oct. 17 — and that’s still one more debate than Mack had in his primary,” said Nelson spokesman Paul Kincaid.

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7 Responses to “After tough talk about talking — U.S. Senate race will have only one debate”

  1. Concerned Taxpayer Says:

    Time for Nelson to go! He is useless and simply a Democrat party hack. His presence in the Senate is only a proxy vote given to Harry Reid, to the detriment of Florida. Time to elect someone who will represent us rather than his political party!

  2. Lapdog Media Says:

    Seems like we need more discussion on our foreign policy.

    News out today, 90 minutes into the attack on our Libyan embassy, President Obama was deciding if we should send in help to assist. Eventually, Obama decided to call the Libyans and ask for their assistance. As a result, we have a raped and murdered america Amb and 3 other dead Americans.

    Ineffectual leadership, ineffectual decision making (all the while safely esconsed in the Oval Office) led to the deaths of Americans.

    What is even more deletrious is the out and out lying by President Obama after these deaths.

    Amb Stevens asked for more protection and was turned down. He even wrote about his security concerns in his personal diary.

    It is this ineffective leadership from Obama-his past history had indicated this-when as a senator he voted PRESENT instead of making up his mind with a YEA or NAY vote. Past history indicates Future Action.

    What lousy leader and what a coverup by the media for keeping this information off the airwaves and off the front pages.

    Check the Post TImes and see if they are covering anything on the Libyan massacre, lack of wanted protection.

    Nah, this is NOWHERE in the Post Times.

    Media lapdog=Palm Beach Post Times

  3. Abuse by Nelson Says:

    Let’s close the loophole which allows Democrat Senator Bill Nelson to place 6 cows on his property and then claim a REDUCED TAXATION -due to ‘agricultural use’.

    40 years of padding his bank account and not a thing can any FLoridian say Bill Nelson has done for FL.

    40 years representing FL…what has Nelson done

    We know he did nothing to staunch the loss of over 26,000 space related jobs on our Space Coast…

    but Nelson sure does know how to reduce his taxes, he sure knows how to EXEMPT himself from Obamacare while forcing down the public’s throat.

    Nelson needs to stop having the public pay for plastic surgery costs.

  4. Michael Says:

    That’e what Florida needs, a worthless idiot that makes Marco look good. Then we’ll have two Senators asleep at the wheel.

  5. Legal Eagle Says:


    I wish I could tell you that Andy fought the good fight, and the Sisters let him be. I wish I could tell you that – but prison is no fairy-tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile – prison life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Andy would show up with fresh bruises. The Sisters kept at him – sometimes he was able to fight ‘em off, sometimes not. And that’s how it went for Andy – that was his routine. I do believe those first two years were the worst for him, and I also believe that if things had gone on that way, this place would have got the best of him.

  6. Downtown Danny Says:

    Mack – a total fraud.
    He sends me flyers when ran for office touting his “Family Values” with a photo of him, his wife & 2 kids.
    He gets elected, goes to DC and has so many affairs that a DC magazine names him the “Most Promiscuous” Member of Congress.
    Then he starts an affair with Sonny Bono’s widow and goes to her California home every recess, not returning to his wife & kids or Florida for 2 years. His wife divorces him, he then refuses to make support payments for his kids and it takes a judge garnishing his Congress paycheck to get them.
    Mack is one of 6 Congressmen currently having their paychecks garnished. His wife was on welfare and getting section 8 housing.
    This guy is pure scum.

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