After originally rejecting an offer to debate U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Tim Canova agreed Thursday to do it after all, after a TV station said it would lengthen the time for the encounter.
The 8 a.m. Sunday debate will air on CBS4’s “Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede” and last one hour — twice as long as the show’s normal time slot.
For months, Canova, running in the Democratic primary Aug. 30, sought debates with Wasserman Schultz and accused her of dodging him. On Wednesday, she finally agreed to the CBS4 debate.
“I look forward to a thoughtful conversation and robust debate that addresses the issues important to the people of Florida’s 23rd Congressional district,” she said in a statement.
But then it was Canova’s turn to shun a debate.
Canova’s campaign manager, Richard Bell, initially told the Miami Herald on Thursday that Canova “will not” participate in the debate, and Canova issued a statement bashing the idea of a 15-minute debate (although the show is a half hour with commercials).
“After four months of dodging debates and running scared, Wasserman Schultz now wants to schedule a 15 minute debate? If she believes one 15 minute debate is sufficient to defend her record, it shows she's learned nothing from her failures in scheduling debates at the DNC before her shameful resignation.”
If that was a ploy to get more free air-time by Canova, it worked.
On Thursday afternoon, CBS4 agreed to a one-hour format, and Wasserman Schultz and Canova both agreed to participate.
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