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Crist relents to two more debates

Looks like Florida voters will get more opportunity to size up the main U.S. Senate candidates than we initially thought. Charlie Crist has agreed to participate in two more televised debates with Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

The first one is Oct. 6: ABC News, WFTV-ABC 9 Orlando & WFTS-ABC 28 Tampa and moderated by George Stephanopoulos and two local media panelists.

The next one is the Leadership Florida and Florida Press Association debate Oct. 19 at Nova Southeastern. Questioners include William March of the The Tampa Tribune, Myriam Marquez of the The Miami Herald, and Michael Williams, Political Reporter for WFOR-TV, CBS-Ch. 4 in Miami.  WFOR anchorman, Antonio Mora, will moderate.

Crist and the other already had agreed to the CNN/USF/St. Pete Times debate set for Oct. 24 in Tampa, as well as a Univision debate held last week. Meanwhile, the Crist campaign says it is "seriously considering" an Oct. 15 Fox Affiliates debate and Oct. 26 NBC News debate with David Gregory.