September 8th, 2010
11:48 AM ET
4 years ago

Fla. GOP gov. nominee accepts CNN debate invite

Washington (CNN) - Rick Scott, the Republican nominee for governor in Florida, accepted an invitation Wednesday from CNN and the St. Petersburg Times to appear at a debate one week before Election Day to discuss the critical issues facing the state.

Scott, a political outsider with deep pockets, defeated establishment favorite Bill McCollum for the GOP nomination last month. The debate is scheduled to take place on Oct. 25th at the University of South Florida in Tampa, one day after the three candidates for Florida's open U.S. Senate seat meet at a CNN/St. Petersburg Times debate at the university.

"Rick looks forward to debating the issues important to Floridians," Scott spokeswoman Jen Baker said in a statement released Wednesday.

CNN and the St. Petersburg Times invited Scott and the Democratic nominee, Alex Sink, last month to participate in the debate. Sink has not yet accepted the invitation. Sink is the chief financial officer of the State of Florida. CNN Chief National Correspondent John King will moderate the gubernatorial debate that is scheduled to air on his show, John King USA at 7 p.m. ET. CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley will moderate the Senate debate on Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. ET on her show, State of the Union.


Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Rick Scott
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Have Scott and Bill McCollum kissed and made up yet? This republican division is beautiful to watch. These Tea-tard candidates will not win a general election.

    September 8, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    Good! The people of Florida deserve to see their candidates debate the issues and offer solutions. People who refuse or avoid debates with their opponents should never get elected to office.

    September 8, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. June

    I wont fall for the plans of the illuminati!I love Jesus Christ.

    September 8, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. diridi

    this dude is just like another sara palin, idiots....GOP thugs...who messed this great nation like a hell....enough GOP Florida....just vote Democrat, do not care whether it is a dog, or cat...just vote for dem....that's it...true american...God bless the USA!!!!!

    September 8, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Pat

    I have a lot of money. I think I'll run for office in 2012. You don't know me, but my money will buy my seat.

    September 8, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Susan

    I'd like to know why every politician in Florida is not speaking out against that lunatic pastor who plans to burn the Koran. If I lived in Florida, I'd be out there picketing the church and I certainly wouldn't vote for any politician who didn't condemn the act.

    Burning another religion's holy book is bigoted and stupid. Just because radicals burn the bible and the American flag, is no reason to sink to their level. This country personifies freedom of religion and I hope Muslims in America know that these idiots are our fringe group, not the majority of the population.

    September 8, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Should be amusing. Scott is a grade-A certifiable nutjob ideologue. Of course, I tend to doubt John King will ask any hardball questions of either candidate, particularly the GOPer, who is most likely to respond to a tough question by spewing unsupportable batsh-t crazy drivel...which would damage the narrative of "both parties are equal and legitimate and what a tough time the Dems are having" by exposing the GOPers' baseless rhetorical vomit to actual critical thought. It burns them like sunlight burns the undead.

    September 8, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. barry

    I am sure CNN will be fair. Not!

    September 8, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Reagan, raised taxes on the middle class, tuck his tail and ran from Lebanon, and granted amnesty to all "illegal aliens", just WHY OH WHY is this guy the hero of the Republican Party????

    Don't worry, I'll answer...

    ...Republicans love liars, hypocrites, and people who pretend to do instead of actually doing.

    September 8, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Eric

    Why debate? There is nothing to debate... Keynesian socialism is a failure and has been proven as such YET AGAIN.

    Conservatives don't have to debate anything, and in fact, a "debate" is just an opportunity for drowning communists to smear their opponents... "So Mr. Conservative, when did you stop beating your wife."

    Honestly, as a conservative, you have nothing to gain by participating in media scripted "debates." Save your time, money and energy and skip the "smear trap" the dems and their media buddies are setting for you.

    September 8, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Peter s

    Thats really good!! can someone ask him whether he has any virtues?

    September 8, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. annie s

    Scott headed a company that defrauded American taxpayers and was hit with one of the largest fines for Medicare fraud in history. He claims he didn't know about the pervasive practice of overbilling and billing for procedures that never happened....ergo, he is either a liar and a crook or he is incompetent to govern.

    September 8, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Marty, FL

    Full disclosure please:
    Rick Scott has refused 3 out of the 5 debates that Alex Sink has offered for Floridians. What is he hiding, and why is Rick Scott not answering questions from the media?

    iViva Alex! Our first woman governor for FL.

    September 8, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |