Past Debates


The 2014 gubernatorial debate, presented by Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association, will take place at Broward College in Davie on Wednesday, October 15. This debate will be televised statewide in every one of Florida's 11 media markets from 7:00-8:00 pm. We're excited that both Governor Scott and Charlie Crist have publicly announced their participation!  The debate will be moderated by Elliott Rodriguez, anchor at CBS4 in Miami. The panelists are Frank Denton, editor of the Florida Times-Union and Rosemary Goudreau, editorial page editor for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. This year, we have added an exciting new element: a social media panel. Bob Gabordi, executive editor of the Tallahassee Democrat, Manny Garcia, executive editor of the Naples Daily News, Patricia Mazzei, political writer for the Miami Herald, and Jeremy Wallace, political editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune will provide live commentary throughout the debate and in the weeks leading up to the debate.  

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Decision 2012

The successful statewide partnership that produced historic candidate debates in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 was back in full force- 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, produced an exciting new debate for the 2012 election cycle featuring the candidates in the general election for the U.S. Senate. Many political observers considered this Florida contest the most-watched U.S. Senate race in the country.

The debate took place on October 17, 2012, in advance of the November general election. Incumbent – Sen. Bill Nelson (D) faced off against Connie Mack (R) at Nova Southeastern University.

“Decision 2012: Before You Vote” provided Floridians the opportunity to learn more about Florida’s most pressing issues and our state’s democratic process,” said Lila Jaber, Chair of Leadership Florida, and a Practice Leader and Shareholder with Gunster Law Firm. “Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association are pleased to convene these important candidate forums and hopeful that they will provide statewide opportunities for open dialogue and discussion.”

Click HERE to view the debate in full.

October 17, 2012
General Election Senate Debate
Press Coverage

The Orlando Sentinel
Tampa Bay Online
Sunshine State News
SaintPeters Blog
NovaSoutheastern University Online - NSU to host only Live TV Debate in Florida's U.S. Senate Race on Oct 17
Miami Herald - Panel set for Oct. 17 Nelson-Mack Senate showdown
Broward New Times - Bill Nelson and Connie Mack Television Debate Is Set
Associated Press - Changes made for final Mack, Nelson Senate debate