The successful statewide partnership that produced historic candidate debates in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 is back – this time to help Floridians choose their next U.S. Senator. “Decision 2012: Before You Vote,” a project created by Leadership Florida, in partnership with the Florida Press Association, announced details for the new debate series for the 2012 primary and general election cycles, featuring the major candidates for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat. Many political observers consider this Florida contest the most-watched U.S. Senate race in the country.
The partnership’s Decision 2010 debates for the Governorship and U.S. Senate were broadcast statewide in all 11 media markets — a historic feat that Decision 2012 will replicate. The general election debate is set for live statewide broadcast from Nova Southeastern University on October 17.
“Decision 2012: Before You Vote” provides millions of Floridians with the opportunity to learn more about the candidates and where they stand on the issues that matter most,” said Wendy Abberger, president of Leadership Florida. “Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association are pleased to convene these important candidate forums because they will provide statewide opportunities for open dialogue and discussion.”
The debate series sponsors and partners also include Nova Southeastern University, Tallahassee Community College, Florida Blue, AARP and the Claude Pepper Foundation.
The debate at NSU will occur on the evening of Oct. 17, 2012, and will be broadcast live, statewide, from the main campus in a broadcast produced by NBC affiliate WPTV-Ch. 5, of West Palm Beach. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D) is expected to face his Republican nominee opponent at that time. Nova Southeastern University partnered with Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association by hosting 2006 & 2010 debates for Governor and U.S. Senate.
“Nova Southeastern University continues to perform an important convening role on vital issues by promoting healthy dialogue about how best to build a better future for our state and country,” said George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., president of NSU.
Debate participation criteria and additional details are posted at http://www.beforeyouvote.org/.