Floridians have their only chance to compare the two Democratic gubernatorial nominees side-by-side during Thursday night’s televised debate.
The debate between US Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nicki Fried will be broadcast Subsidiaries of NBC and Telemundo from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The competition will also be streamed online in English and Spanish ABC 6.
The debate is scheduled to run for an hour, giving viewers the opportunity to switch channels to watch the committee hearing on January 6 at 8pm prime time
To date, the event is the only scheduled debate between the two leading candidates hoping to unseat Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. While elementary school doesn’t start until August 23, Monday marks the deadline for Floridans to register to vote at the elementary school. Since Florida has closed the primary, voters must register as Democrats to vote in the gubernatorial primary.
The debate, hosted by NBC 6 and Telemundo 51, was pre-taped Thursday morning in Miami, giving both campaigns a chance to film the contest before viewers tuned in on stage” and “attempted to mislead voters about Charlie’s character.” to lead”.
“Today, Charlie Crist eminently won the Democratic primary gubernatorial debate in which he laid out his vision of a Florida for all and continued to focus on the Democrats’ true adversary to building a brighter future for Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis he Samantha RamirezCrist’s Director of Communications.
“Charlie — who continues to hold an overwhelming lead in the race with over $12 million raised, over 160 supporters, five major unions backing his candidacy, and polls showing an overwhelming lead in this elementary school — distinguished himself as more experienced and seasoned public leader who will defeat Ron DeSantis in November.
“During the hour-long debate, Charlie boldly outlined his plans to address the affordability crisis plaguing Florida and delivered messages of hope to women, seniors, LGBTQ+ Floridians, and black, brown, and Hispanic Floridians who have found themselves mercilessly attacked by Ron DeSantis.”
Fried’s campaign, meanwhile, said her performance showed “that she’s qualified, proven, and ready to take on Ron DeSantis,” describing Crist’s performance as “defensive, condescending, and distant.”
“The people of Florida can watch and decide, but this debate showed why Charlie has withdrawn from every single debate but this one,” he said Caroline KorbaPress secretary for the Fried campaign.
“His record is too embarrassing to defend. Its support is a mile wide and an inch deep, only getting shorter. Meanwhile, a wave of support for Nikki Fried is building. The story from that debate is this: Charlie Crist can’t handle Nikki Fried. And he certainly can’t handle Ron DeSantis.”
Crist, who was first elected to Congress in 2016, is the putative frontrunner in the race. He was previously elected as a Republican to one term as governor in 2006. However, he left the party in 2010 before an unsuccessful independent run for the US Senate and registered as a Democrat in 2012. In 2002 he was also elected Attorney General of Florida as a Republican.
Elected agriculture commissioner in 2018, Fried is the only Florida Democrat to have since won a statewide race for president Barack Obama and then-US Sen. Bill Nelson were re-elected in 2012. She won her race by less than 7,000 votes, less than a tenth of a percentage point.
In addition to streaming online, the debate will air in English on at least NBC 6 in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, WPTV in West Palm Beach, WESH in Orlando, WFLA in Tampa and St. Petersburg, and NBC 2 in Ft. Myers and Naples. It will also air at 9 p.m. on First Coast News in Jacksonville
The debate will be broadcast in Spanish at least on Telemundo 51 in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach; Telemundo 31 in Orlando and Kissimmee; Telemundo 39 in Tampa and St. Petersburg; and WWDT at Ft. Myers and Naples.