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A tale of two contenders: Nelson seeks Gatorade, Mack wants ‘to win’

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 by John Kennedy

The contrast between Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Connie Mack started early Wednesday evening as the pair arrived at Davie’s Nova Southeastern University for the lone debate of the U.S. Senate race.

Nelson, the two-term incumbent, did a few television interviews before disappearing inside the cavernous theater where the hourlong contest, to be televised statewide, is slated to begin at 7 p.m.  Nelson checked camera angles and asked a couple of questions about the order of tonight’s questioning by a panel of journalists.

He also asked for a bottle of Gatorade on his way into the auditorium.

“Gatorade is to me what spinach is to Popeye,” Nelson assured.

Mack arrived about 20 minutes later — aboard a bus wrapped with his name and campaign themes. He also started swinging — almost as soon as he hit the ground.

“He’s running a stealth campaign,” Mack said, criticizing his opponent for declining to take part in more than one debate.

When asked by reporters what his strategy is going into the hourlong debate, Mack was ready with an answer.

“To win,” Mack said.

Jeb! to raise Cash! for Mack; one Senate debate also set

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 by John Kennedy

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will headline a fund-raiser for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Connie Mack next month in Miami, the campaign announced Thursday.

The $500-and-up per-person event will be held the evening of Oct. 5 at Miami’s Grove Isle Club on Biscayne Bay.

Meanwhile, Mack and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson have agreed to what sponsors are calling the pair’s only live statewide television debate, Oct. 17. Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association are co-sponsoring the debate, which will be aired from Nova Southeastern University in Davie at 7 p.m.

WPTV-Channel 5 in West Palm Beach is producing the event, which will be carried by other broadcast partners in Florida’s 11 TV markets.

Mack and Nelson are still in discussions with Tampa’s Bay News 9 and CNN about another debate, tentatively planned for Oct. 30. The Nelson campaign wants to advance that date, to bring it closer to when early voting is scheduled to begin on Oct. 27.

The Palm Beach Post to host debate between Democratic Senate rivals Greene, Meek on Tuesday

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 by George Bennett

The Palm Beach Post, in association with WPBT2 of Miami, will host the first debate between Democratic Senate rivals Kendrick Meek and Jeff Greene on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The 90-minute debate is not open to the public but can be viewed live at PalmBeachPost.com.

Readers are invited to submit questions ahead of time to debate@pbpost.com. Include your name, phone number and the city in which you live to increase chances your question will be chosen.

The candidates will face off at The Palm Beach Post main office in West Palm Beach. Meek, 43, is a four-term member of Congress from Miami. Greene, 55, is a billionaire real estate investor and businessman who lives in Palm Beach.

The Democratic primary is Aug. 24.

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