Nelson and Mack trade heat in lone Senate debateby John Kennedy | October 17th, 2012
Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican rival Connie Mack IV blistered each other over a wide range of policy and character issues Wednesday night in their lone debate of the Florida U.S. Senate race.
In the hourlong exchange, the two contenders dueled over a host of issues that have emerged as flashpoints in the race. It also got personal plenty of times.
“My opponent has a pattern of not telling the truth,” Nelson, a two-term incumbent, said after being steadily challenged by Mack through most of the exchange.
Mack, who has been trailing in most polls, openly tied his candidacy to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney by urging voters to send both to Washington.
“Mitt Romney needs someone who he can count on,” Mack told viewers. “We need another Republican senator from the state of Florida. I’m asking you to stand with Mitt Romney.”
The debate, from Nova Southeastern University, was televised live across most Florida media markets. Sponsored by the Florida Press Association and Leadership Florida, it is the only debate the two candidates would agree to take part in.