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Thursday, January 20, 2022

A proposed gubernatorial debate at UF, scheduled for Oct. 4, has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts.

"Unfortunately, the timing did not work out," debate co-chairman Jon Philipson said in a press release.

Democratic candidate Alex Sink accepted an invitation to the debate, as well as four others throughout the state, on Aug. 30.

But Republican nominee Rick Scott announced Wednesday he would agree to only two debates, Oct. 20 at Nova Southeastern University in Davie and Oct. 25 at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The Sink campaign is still pushing for five debates and wants UF on the schedule.

"Alex Sink wants to have five statewide televised debates, including kicking off the debate schedule at the University of Florida in early October," said Kyra Jennings, Sink's press secretary.

Jennings said Scott declining to debate is proof that he is ducking Florida voters.

"Scott would rather talk about national issues through 30-second negative ads than talk directly with UF students and Florida voters about Florida issues," she said.

Representatives from Scott's campaign did not respond by press time.

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