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Scott accepts three TV debate invitations in race with Nelson

Gov. Rick Scott said Monday he has accepted three invitations to debate Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in their nationally-watched battle for the United States Senate.

Scott's campaign said he has agreed to take part in debates sponsored by Telemundo 51 Miami, the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute and WJXT Channel 4 and CNN.

Dates and locations for the debates have not yet been announced.

Not on the initial list of debate invitations accepted by Scott is a forum set for late October at Broward College, co-sponsored by Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association.

"We are continuing to review other invitations and will make additional announcements this summer," Scott campaign spokeswoman Lauren Schenone said.

Scott debated twice in his last race, when he won re-election for governor in 2014 against Democrat Charlie Crist. Their first face-off was the memorable decision by Scott to stay backstage for about six minutes after discovering that Crist had a portable fan on the stage at Broward College in Davie.

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