The Debates

Wednesday, Oct. 26  7:00 pm

The most experienced and trusted political debate partnership in Florida’s modern history has announced plans for a live, statewide-televised debate for the Florida U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Marco Rubio. Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association reported that both major political parties’ respective nominees are expected to participate in the debate – “Decision 2016: Before You Vote” – that will be broadcast in October, from the Central Campus of Broward College in Davie, Florida.

The producing television station partner will be WPBF 25, the Hearst-owned ABC affiliate based in West Palm Beach. A total of 11 broadcast partners will be selected around the state to help ensure that the program is viewed in every media market in Florida. The live debate broadcast will also be simulcast on all Florida Public Radio member stations.

Moderating the debate will be veteran WPBF 25 News anchor and multi-Emmy Award winner Todd McDermott, with a media panel still to be named.

The “Before You Vote” statewide broadcast ultimately will include a network affiliate partner in each of the following markets: Miami/Ft. Lauderdale; West Palm Beach; Orlando; Jacksonville; Tampa/St. Petersburg; Sarasota; Ft. Myers; Gainesville; Pensacola; Panama City; and Tallahassee.

View the Participation Criteria


Watch the debate live at 7:00 pm on the following stations:

WPBF 25 (ABC), West Palm Beach

WJXX (ABC), Jacksonville

WFTV (ABC), Orlando

WTVJ (NBC), Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

WFTS (ABC), Tampa/St. Petersburg

WBBH (NBC), Ft. Myers

WCTV (CBS), Tallahassee

WMBB (ABC), Panama City*

WEAR (ABC), Pensacola*

WCJB (ABC), Gainesville

SNN-SunCoast News TV, Sarasota


*These stations will air the debate at 7:00 pm Central Time (8:00 pm ET)

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