Details set for Oct. 17 televised debate between Connie Mack and Bill Nelson

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The only confirmed statewide televised debate in Florida’s U.S. Senate race – is set for Wednesday, October 17, to be broadcast live from the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Davie.

“Decision 2012: Before You Vote” is the project created and produced by the partnership of Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association. Bill Nelson and Connie Mack have agreed to participate in what is shaping up to be the only confirmed statewide-televised debate in the race. The broadcast will begin at 7 p.m.

“ ‘Decision 2012: Before You Vote’ provides millions of Floridians with an important opportunity to get to know the candidates and their views on the critical issues that most affect the future of our state and country,” said Susan Towler, chairman of Leadership Florida and Executive Director of Community Affairs for Florida Blue. “Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association are pleased to bring this historic event to the people of Florida.”

The debate sponsors and partners also include host site Nova Southeastern University, Florida Blue, Florida Credit Unions, AARP and the Claude Pepper Foundation.

The debate broadcast will be moderated by Michael Williams, anchor for WPTV NewsChannel 5, of West Palm Beach. The panel of journalists who will question the candidates includes Anthony Man, political writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; Lissette Campos, Director of Community Affairs for ABC Action News/WFTS in Tampa; and Toluse Olorunnipa, state/politics reporter with the Miami Herald.

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