DAVIE (CBSMiami) –The podiums are up. The banners are hung. The lighting is set and the rehearsals are complete for Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting Suspect Farrakhan Muhammad Taken Into Custody In Florida
Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist are set to take the stage at 7:00 p.m. at Broward College’s Davie campus.
It’s the first ever gubernatorial debate broadcast and held in Broward County.
Students and administration say they are excited and thrilled they may have some part in deciding who is elected governor of Florida.
“I think it’s huge for Broward College. It’s huge for our 67 thousand students and our 1,500 faculty members and you know it’s big for this community,” said Broward College President David Armstrong.
Students at the college are pumped even though only a hundred will see the debate in person.
“It’s very important. It’s bringing a lot of attention to the school… and also it helps to encourage interest in politics,” said student Thuilinn Nguyen.READ MORE: Israelis In South Florida Monitoring Violence In Home Country, Want It To Stop
The debate sponsors, Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association, believe it brings value to voters.
“Florida’s voters need to hear where the two candidates stand on the issues that matter to the most. They have been getting 30 second sound bites,” said Wendy Walker of Leadership Florida.
Who will win? Maybe the one who can deliver the most clever line.
“I think perhaps the one that is able to come off with a one-liner potentially is the one who could come out on top,” said Broward College Political Science teacher Dr. Kevin Walsh .
The two candidates will have a full, uninterrupted hour to argue who is most qualified if not most clever.
CBS4 Anchor Eliott Rodriguez will moderate the debate which airs live on CBS4 from 7-8 pm and will stream live on CBSMiami.com.Woman Who Snuck Into American Sr. High Posing As Student To Promote Instagram Account Bonds Out
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