Date set for Mack-Nelson debate

A debate showdown has finally been set in the important Florida U.S. Senate race between Republican Connie Mack and Democrat Bill Nelson. The only televised debate for the two candidates will be Wednesday, October 17.

Nova Southeastern University in Davie will host the event with the live broadcast beginning at 7 p.m. WPTV NewsChannel 5 anchor Michael Williams will moderate. A panel of journalists will participate, including Anthony Man, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; Toluse Olorunnipa, state/politics reporter with the Miami Herald; and Lissette Campos, director of community affairs for ABC Action News/WFTS in Tampa.

“This debate and news coverage of it will provide voters with the best insight into this campaign about which candidate is better prepared to serve Florida in the U.S. Senate,” said Matt Walsh, editor and CEO of the Observer Group (Sarasota) and chairman of the Florida Press Association. “Truly, ‘Before You Vote’ may be the most important political ‘must see TV’ outside of the contest for president in the biggest Florida race in this election year.”


The following stations throughout Florida will broadcast the debate live on October 17:

  • Fort Myers WBBH-TV 2 (NBC) / WZVN-HD 7 (ABC)
  • Gainesville WCJB-TV 20 (ABC) / CW10
  • Jacksonville FCN WTLV 12 (NBC) / WJXX 25 (ABC)
  • Miami WTVJ 6 (NBC)
  • Orlando WKMG 6 (CBS)
  • Panama City WJHG 7 (NBC)
  • Pensacola WEAR-TV 3 (ABC)
  • Sarasota WWSB 7 (ABC)
  • Tallahassee WCTV 6 (CBS)
  • Tampa WFTS 28 (ABC)
  • West Palm Beach WPTV 5 (NBC)


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