One of the most watched governor’s races in the country will have its first official debate in Broward County in October.
Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association announced today they will host “Decision 2014: Before You Vote” debate on October 15, featuring Republican Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist – the prospective Democratic nominee.
The one-hour debate, produced by CBS Miami-Dade affiliate WFOR-TV/CBS4, will be at Broward College’s main campus in Davie, Florida. The event will be from 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST, and carried in Florida’s 11 media markets on the “Before You Vote” network, as well as simulcast on all Florida Public Radio member stations.
Moderating the debate is CBS4 News anchor Eliott Rodriguez, with panelists Rosemary Goudreau, editorial page editor of the Sun Sentinel, and Matt Walsh, editor and CEO of Observer Media Group.
It’s important to note that while the Crist campaign has agreed in principle to this date, it says it’s still in communication with the sponsors of the debate regarding the details of the event. There is some concern by Democrats about Walsh having contributed to Mitt Romney in 2012, as well as his criticism of Crist policies as “… the caricature of a hack.”
According to a release, live commentary through Facebook and Twitter will be provided by Manny Garcia, editor of the Naples Daily News, Bob Gabordi, executive editor of the Tallahassee Democrat, and Jeremy Wallace, political reporter for the Herald-Tribune. They will also provide an analysis in the weeks leading up to the debate.
Sponsors of the “Decision 2014: Before You Vote” debate series include Broward College, the Florida Association of Insurance Agents/Trusted Choice, AARP, the Florida League of Cities, the Claude Pepper Foundation, and Florida Credit Unions.
Other than WFOR, “Before You Vote” statewide broadcast partners include:
- WFTV-TV/Ch. 9 (ABC) in Orlando
- WJXT-TV/Ch. 4 in Jacksonville
- WPBF-TV/Ch. 25 (ABC) in West Palm Beach
- WFTS-TV/Ch. 28 (ABC) in Tampa/St. Petersburg
- WCTV-TV/Ch. 6 (CBS) in Tallahassee
- WMBB-TV/Ch. 13 (ABC) in Panama City
- WBBH-TV/Ch. 2 (NBC) in Ft. Myers
- WEAR-TV/Ch. 3 (ABC) in Pensacola
- WCJB DT2- Gainesville CW
- SunCoast News Network cable in Sarasota.