Murphy Won’t Debate In Front Of North Florida Voters

With Marco in Jacksonville today, the Rubio campaign released the following statement:

“Patrick Murphy’s refusal to debate in North Florida is an insult to millions of Floridians. Voters deserve to hear from both candidates in this race, and that’s why Marco has accepted invitations to eight debates all across the state. Patrick Murphy must not have an answer yet for why he hasn’t accomplished anything during his four years in Congress.” – Michael Ahrens, Rubio spokesman

Patrick Murphy is refusing to debate in Jacksonville, while Marco has accepted an invitation to debate there. “The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute, in conjunction with WJXT-TV, has hosted a number of meaningful debates in the last couple of years. Candidates for mayor and sheriff have debated at the private university, as have candidates for state attorney and the United States Congress. Now, the non-partisan Public Policy Institute wants the two major party candidates for the United States Senate to debate. So far, one of them (Marco Rubio) has confirmed a willingness to debate. And the Public Policy Institute has indicated a willingness to set a date that works for both campaigns. … Murphy, thus far, has not responded to the invitation, but Mullaney is “hopeful” that response will come and will be affirmative. We have reached out to the Murphy campaign for status on this also. That being said, a debate between these candidates would certainly help to educate Northeast Florida voters on these two candidates. Rubio, who had strong support among Jacksonville’s establishment during his campaign for United States President, is a known quantity regionally. Murphy has had, thus far, less exposure in Northeast Florida. This debate could change that. If it happens.” (Florida Politics, 9/21/16)

VIDEO: Murphy has not accepted an invitation to debate in Jacksonville. JOY PURDY: “In Florida’s U.S. Senate race, plans are in the works for a number of debates around the state, including one that could be in Jacksonville. Channel 4 and Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute have extended an invitation to Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy for a debate on the JU campus. So far, the Rubio campaign has said it is committed to a debate here, but JU has not yet heard back from the Murphy campaign.”

Marco has accepted the following eight debates:

WFTV, Politico Florida, and Cox Media Group Debate
Monday, October 17

Leadership Florida and Florida Press Association Debate
Wednesday, October 26

Tampa Bay Times Debate

CBS Miami/Miami Herald Debate

Univision Debate

WESH Orlando Debate

Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute and WJXT Channel 4 Debate

Fox News Debate

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