Rubio Challenger Refuses Three Debate Appearances

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter

Sen. Marco Rubio’s challenger, Florida Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, refused half of the Florida Senate race debate appearances, agreeing only to three debates late Monday.

Rubio challenged the Florida representatives to six debates over the course of the campaign, but Murphy “ducked” the debates, according to the Rubio campaign.

“As he’s done in every election he’s been a part of — Patrick Murphy is ducking debates yet again,” Rubio said Monday in a press release. “I did six debates six years ago. Why only do half now? Floridians today deserve no less than what they received in 2010, and they deserve to know where we stand on the important issues facing our country.”

“I will ask Patrick, once again, to join me in committing to six media-sponsored debates between now and Election Day,” the press release said.

“Floridians face an important choice this November, between someone who will show up and work hard for them, and Marco Rubio, who abandoned our state and has the worst vote attendance record of any Florida Senator in nearly 50 years,” Murphy said Monday. “I look forward to making that choice clear in our upcoming debates.”

Rubio’s six proposed debates include the two debates already on the books for October 17 and 26. He also proposed the Tampa Bay Times debate, a CBS Miami debate, a WESH Orlando debate, and a Univision Debate — Murphy continues to refuse these additional debates.

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