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Senate debate between Nelson and Scott likely won't be made up

Posted: 12:28 AM, Oct 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-19 04:28:41Z

Senator Bill Nelson accused his opponent of dodging a scheduled debate with him.

Nelson and his opponent Governor Rick Scott were scheduled to partake in a nationally televised debate on CNN October 16th.  The event was postponed due to Hurricane Michael, which ravaged the panhandle.

CNN, and Governor Scott agreed on a make up day of October 25th, but Nelson declined, saying it shouldn't take place after early voting begins.

“Lets have the debate on CNN, before the voting starts, he wanted to push it on further and I said that doesn’t make sense," Nelson told reporters in Ft. Myers Thursday.

But Scott's campaign says thousands of mail in ballots have already been cast.

"(The delay) would give him (Governor Scott) time to continue hurricane response and recovery. Senator Nelson refused to accept CNN's proposal – and continues to refuse the other two debate opportunities available to him," Scott Campaign Spokesperson Lauren Scheone said in a statement emailed to Fox 4.

Nelson maintains Scott doesn't want to debate him because of a poor showing at a debate in Miami earlier this month.

"I don’t think he is too anxious to debate me again, It was a Telemundo debate done in Spanish and English, and I think we was quite uncomfortable.”

Scott's campaign is still running ads for the senate race, including one featuring the governor's response to the hurricane aftermath.  But the governor hasn't made any campaign appearances since the storm.
 
Senator Nelson resumed campaigning Thursday after spending several days helping with recovery efforts in the panhandle.