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Bill McCollum agrees to debate Rick Scott

Answering upstart rival Rick Scott's challenge, Attorney General Bill McCollum tells The Buzz he will debate Scott four times in the weeks leading up to the Aug. 24 Republican primary.

Scott sent McCollum a letter last week inviting him to four statewide debates leading up to primary day. "I think the voters deserve to hear both of us talk unfiltered about our ideas," Scott said in his letter.

"We'll debate him," McCollum said. "He's asked for four debates and I suspect we'll do four debates ... None of them have been set up yet, but I'm sure they will be."

McCollum insists (quite rightly) that he is the only battle tested Republican candidate for governor, and that only he has the command of the issues and the detailed policy knowledge required to be governor. If that's true, why would McCollum wait for a challenge from Scott to debate him? Shouldn't McCollum be demanding nightly debates with his inexperienced opponent? 

-- Steve Bousquet