September 22nd, 2010
01:12 PM ET
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CNN to host Florida governor debate

Democrat Alex Sink (left) and Republican Rick Scott (right) will face off in a gubernatorial debate in Florida on October 25.
Democrat Alex Sink (left) and Republican Rick Scott (right) will face off in a gubernatorial debate in Florida on October 25.

Washington (CNN) - Democrat Alex Sink accepted an invitation Wednesday to debate Republican Rick Scott next month, setting up a nationally televised showdown between the two Florida governor hopefuls on CNN.

The debate, co-sponsored by CNN, the St. Petersburg Times and the University of South Florida will take place on Oct. 25, and moderated by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. It will be held one day after CNN, the Times and USF co-host a Senate debate moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley at the same location on the University's Tampa campus.

The Florida governor's race is considered to be one of the most hotly contested contests of the midterm election cycle. It pits Sink, the state's Chief Financial Officer, against Scott, a billionaire health executive who shocked the GOP establishment to win his party's nomination. Scott had already accepted the sponsors' invitation to participate in the debate.

The Sink and Scott debate will air live at 7 p.m. ET during a special edition of "John King, USA."

The Senate debate between Gov. Charlie Crist, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio and Rep. Kendrick Meek will be shown live at 9 a.m. on Oct. 24 on a special edition of "State of the Union with Candy Crowley." The race for the open Florida Senate seat is also one of the most closely watched races of the year. It features Crist, who abandoned the Republican Party earlier this year to launch an independent bid for Senate, the Republican up-and-comer Rubio and the highly respected Democratic congressman Meek.


Filed under: 2010 • Alex Sink • CNN • Florida • John King • Rick Scott
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    Rick Scott is the poster boy for republican sleaze. We need to make sure this culture of corruption republican tea bagger is sent back to his life of crime in the private sector.

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

    Please can you ask for me why a thief is running for a public office only in America and Africa that happens!!!

    September 22, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    At least we know the Koch brothers will be able to pay off Scott for special favors. I'll bet we will soon be getting our energy in Florida from Koch brothers coal.

    September 22, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Rick Scott is a tool. Please FL don't elect this goon.

    September 22, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. diridi

    Florida, just vote Democratic Party...be a true Americans...GOP robbed the nation like crazy and hell.....no more old thugs rule....

    September 22, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Vote Scott, he'll help big insurance to increase his billions.

    September 22, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. svscnn

    Can't wait for these debates!

    September 22, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |