TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign announced Tuesday he will participate in three debates this fall with either Nan Rich or Charlie Crist, whoever emerges as the winner of the Democratic primary and CBS4 News will proudly serve as producers of one of those debates.

The Republican incumbent will appear in debates hosted by Telemundo, CNN and LeadershipFlorida that will be occur in October.

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The dates for the debates are Oct. 10, Oct. 15 and Oct. 21.

The October 15th statewide debate is being produced by and will air on CBS4.

It’ll take place at Broward College in Davie. The format will be question and answer, as candidates face a panel of Florida journalists, moderated by CBS4 Anchor Eliott Rodriguez.

The program is expected to reach millions of Florida voters.

Florida’s gubernatorial race is one of the most closely watched contests in the country.

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In a statement Tuesday, Scott said he believes debates are essential in order to allow candidates to present their views on the direction of Florida directly to voters. He urges both candidates to agree to these debates now, so that proper planning and scheduling can take place prior to the August 26 primary.

Governor Scott said, “Candidates who refuse to debate show a disdain for the voters and for their opponent. I look forward to a great exchange of ideas with either Charlie Crist or Nan Rich, whoever emerges from the primary in late August.”

Crist has refused to debate Rich before their primary, saying that he is focused on running against Scott.

All three debate invitations the Governor accepted will be aired statewide.


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